WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington was visited Monday by the largest ship to call the port to date.
The executive director of North Carolina Ports called the visit by the 12,000 TEU vessel a monumental milestone for North Carolina Ports.
“This is proof of concept that we are big ship ready and capable of handling some of the largest container vessels calling East Coast ports today," said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports.
The ship, Kota Pekarang, is operated by ZIM in partnership with the 2M Alliance, which links Asia to Wilmington.
The container ship’s arrival comes just weeks after the third neo-Panamax crane arrived in Wilmington. The crane was part of a $200 million capital improvement plan aimed at growing the port to eventually accommodate a 14,000 TEU vessel.
According to NC Ports, the infrastructure plan also includes a wider turning basin, berth enhancements and an overhaul of Wilmington’s container terminal. The terminal renovations would double the port’s annual throughput capacity and triple its refrigerated container capacity.