Print
More News

Wilmington Port Reaches Major Container Ship Milestone, Making History

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 27, 2020
The Yang Ming Warranty, part of an Asia and South American trade route shipping fleet, is the largest vessel to reach the Port of Wilmington. (Photo courtesy of N.C. Ports)
The N.C. State Ports Authority welcomed its first-ever 14,000 twenty-foot-equivalent unit cargo vessel, making history at the Port of Wilmington.

The cargo vessel, called the Yang Ming Warranty, cruised into the Port of Wilmington on Monday. The ship has a carrying capacity of 14,220 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent units) and is the largest such vessel making its way to U.S. ports on the East Coast.

"The arrival of the Yang Ming Warranty further solidifies our position as a big ship-ready port. We are capable of working the largest container vessels calling on the East Coast,” said Brian Clark, COO of N.C. Ports, in the release. “As our capabilities continue to expand so will our abilities to better serve existing and future customers.”

The Yang Ming Warranty is operated by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. in partnership with THE Alliance, which is a large commercial shipping group that links Asia and South America to the Wilmington port, along with others on the East Coast.

THE Alliance shipping group is made up of three additional ocean carriers: Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and Ocean Network Express (ONE), officials said in the release. 

The ports authority, otherwise known as N.C. Ports, is making a name for itself among the global gateway for shippers, said Clark, who is slated to become the next executive director of N.C. Ports, following current executive director Paul Cozza's retirement at the end of the year.

Officials said the arrival of the Yang Ming Warranty marks a major milestone, driven by the work and investments N.C. Ports has made in its infrastructure in the past few years.

Major projects within the ports' more than $221 million capital improvement plan have been specifically geared toward making it possible for these ultra-large, 14,000-TEU containerships to reach the Port of Wilmington.

Those capital projects include the second-phase widening of the Port of Wilmington's turning basin; raising powerlines that cross the Cape Fear River; opening up improved docking space at the port; and adding to those docks, three neo-Panamax cranes.

Some of the improvements also give the Port of Wilmington the capability to handle and work on at its docks two 14,000 TEU vessels at the same time. 

“This latest achievement would not have been possible without the support of our many partners at the local, state and federal levels as well as funding from the North Carolina General Assembly,” Clark said in the release. “It is also proof our infrastructure improvements are paying off and our customers are taking notice.”

In the future, N.C. Ports aims for even larger ships to reach the port and is seeking to meet federal approvals for its Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project. Recently, two local state senators shared their opinions on the project.

The project seeks to deepen the navigational channel leading to the Port of Wilmington from a depth of 42 feet to 47 feet.

Several ports along the East Coast, including neighboring competitor ports, are planning massive harbor deepening projects to help improve the depth for the future of the container shipping industry, which is bringing on larger and larger vessels that need deeper harbors for travel.

Previous estimates on the Port of Wilmington's navigational improvement project have put the price tag at $750 million. Estimates this spring have reached $834 million.

The proposal has been entered into the 116th Congress 2D Session in H.R. 7575, "an act to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes."

"The cost share associated with the project would be 75% federal and 25% non-federal," said Bethany Welch, spokeswoman for N.C. Ports. "The Wilmington Harbor Navigation Improvement Project cannot move forward until there is formal approval by both the U.S. House and Senate."
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Dallas headshot 300x300

If You Don’t Uncover The Skeletons In Your Closet, Your Buyer Will

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors
Aarp suzanneheadshot 300x300

Season’s Cheatings: Avoid These Holiday Scams

Burrus rob headshot 300x300

Creating Customer Delight During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington

Trending News

End Of Days Distillery Gains New Accolades, Releases New Spirits

Jessica Maurer - Nov 25, 2020

Homebuilder Transforming Former Church Structure Into Office

Cece Nunn - Nov 25, 2020

By Air, By Car And By The Sea: A Look At Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Christina Haley O'Neal - Nov 25, 2020

In The Current Issue

The VR Way To Train

Jenson8, a human resources technology company establishing its U.S. base at the UNCW's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, provides...


Info Junkie: Jerod Patterson

Jerrod Patterson, communications director for the city of Wilmington, shares his info and tech picks....


Survey: Visitors Come Back For More

Ninety-five percent of surveyed visitors to Wilmington and area beaches reported being satisfied with their experience. Feedback provided in...

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2020 Leadership Accelerator: Virtual Workshops for Real Leaders
2019 Health Care Heroes
August 26, 2019 Power Breakfast: A Healthy Sale?
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`