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Aug 7, 2020

Next In Line To Lead Ports

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Aug 7, 2020

As one of his many goals as the next leader of the N.C. State Ports Authority, Brian Clark aims to support the ports’ role in economic development ef­forts across the region and state.   Clark will become the new executive director of the authority, also known as N.C. Ports, come Jan. 1, following the retirement of Paul Coz­za. Cozza has served as exec ...

Apr 16, 2020

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 ...

Nov 6, 2019

N.C. Ports Officials Hope To Complete Cold Chain Loop

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 6, 2019

Completing the export-import loop in the cold chain market at the Port of Wilmington would better facilitate and grow regional and state business, said Hans Bean, senior vice president of business development at N.C. Ports. The opportunity exists to do so, Bean said, as he gave an update Tuesday on the Port of Wilmington's ability to handle chilled and frozen g ...

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Nov 1, 2019

Is A New Refrigerated Warehouse In The Cards For Wilmington?

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 1, 2019

N.C. Ports has put out a call for interest in the construction of a state-of-the-art, near-port refrigerated warehouse in the Wilmington area, according to ports documents. The authority is seeking interest from refrigerated warehouse builders and operators to facilitate the potential project, states a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) document from m ...

Oct 25, 2019

N.C. Ports Ready To Dig Into Turning Basin Expansion Project

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 25, 2019

N.C. Ports has received its permit for the $21 million turning basin expansion, allowing the capital improvement project to get underway at the Port of Wilmington. The Army Corps of Engineers and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality's Division of Coastal Management have officially issued the permit for N.C. Ports to expand the Wilmington port's turn ...

Sep 6, 2019

Boating Trends: Bigger Boats, Fewer Spaces

By Laura Moore, posted Sep 6, 2019

One of the latest trends in local boating is more boaters are choosing bigger boats, but they continue to have a hard time finding a place to keep them.   According to Jonathan Crews, general manager of Bradley Creek Marina, both new boaters and seasoned boaters are trending towards boats that are bigger than 30 feet.   “A lot of people want a larger ce ...

Aug 23, 2019

Wilmington Boat Show To Bring Economic Activity, Visitors To The Region

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Aug 23, 2019

The Wilmington Boat Show is anticipating a successful 2019 in the Port City, despite the impact hurricanes have had on the show for the past two years. This year "will be amazing,” said Jacqui Bomar, president of JBM and Associates, which is putting on the event in downtown Wilmington, Sept. 6-8. Now in its fourth year, the show will take place at Port Cit ...

Jul 23, 2019

N.C. Ports Expanding Refrigerated Container Capacity

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jul 23, 2019

A $14 million project to triple the Port of Wilmington's refrigerated container capacity is now underway, port officials said this week. The project will grow the Port of Wilmington's capability to handle refrigerated containers from 300 to 1,000, once the project is complete, said Brian Clark, chief operating officer and deputy executive director of N.C. P ...

Jul 5, 2019

Growing Local: Sea Tow To The Rescue

By Laura Moore, posted Jul 5, 2019

It’s probably no surprise that the number of boats on local waterways has grown in recent years. But Capt. Chris Willis of Wrightsville Beach Sea Tow can put that growth into perspective.   “We can have close to 50 calls come in on a busy day, not a holiday or anything like that. When we first started out, our first year in 1987, we may have had 50 the w ...

Jan 17, 2019

NC Ports Report Annual Record In Container Moves

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jan 17, 2019

The Port of Wilmington has set a record for container moves in the 2018 calendar year, N.C. Ports reported in a news release Thursday. The port had 175,500 container moves in the 2018 calendar year, up 23 percent from nearly 143,000 in the 2017 calendar year, according to numbers released by the port. The Port of Wilmington’s volume was more than 318, ...

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