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Cool Growth: Port's New Refrigerated Container Yard Complete

By Cece Nunn, posted Apr 16, 2020
A new refrigerated container yard at the Port of Wilmington boosts the port's capacity to better support the agriculture and grocery sectors. (Photo courtesy of N.C. State Ports Authority)
The N.C. State Ports Authority is equipped to handle more refrigerated containers following the completion of a new refrigerated container yard at the Port of Wilmington, according to an announcement Thursday.

The project boosts the port’s on-terminal refrigerated container (reefer) plugs from 235 to 775 with the ability to expand to more than 1,000 plugs through Phase 2 of the project, a news release stated.

“North Carolina Ports has become a critical gateway for the movement of refrigerated cargoes. The completion of the refrigerated container yard allows NC Ports to better support the growing agriculture and grocery sectors across North Carolina and the entire southeastern United States,” said Paul J. Cozza, North Carolina Ports executive director, in the release.

The $14 million construction project includes a new reefer service area as well as 27 reefer racks to support the stacking of refrigerated containers, the release stated.

The new yard is positioned near the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage. According to the release, the location consolidates all refrigerated cargo into one area, which helps enhance the port’s efficiency when moving perishable goods.

“Supporting the refrigerated cargo sector is a strategic goal for NC Ports. Our investment in the refrigerated container yard will help strengthen the Port of Wilmington’s position as a premier hub for perishables,” said Robert Wicker, chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority Board of Directors, in the release.

The opening of the reefer yard comes as North Carolina Ports is experiencing unprecedented growth in the cold chain sector. Refrigerated container volume through the Port of Wilmington quadrupled from Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2019, according to the release.

Officials added, "FY20 year-to-date volumes have been trending up 30 percent as both export and import demand continues to grow."
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