Expansion at Wilmington Port is complete

Aug 15, 2016

The Port of Wilmington's updated aerial photo shows the four 100-foot gauge container cranes that went into service in April 2007 working a container ship.
Credit NC State Ports Photo

With an expansion project now complete, the Port of Wilmington is able to handle larger container ships carrying more cargo.  Jared Brumbaugh has more. 

Earlier this month, the Yang-Ming Unity,  more than 1,100 feet long, became the largest vessel to utilize an expanded turning basin that was widened by 200 feet.  The project included the removal of an existing bulk pier and dredging along the port’s side of the Cape Fear River.  According to a press release from North Carolina State Ports Authority, the expansion allows the Wilmington port to accommodate vessels with a length of 1,150 feet and a breadth of 158 feet.  The expansion comes on the heels of an announcement by CSX about the Queen City Express, a non-stop, overnight train moving freight from the port in Wilmington to an intermodal terminal in Charlotte.  I’m Jared Brumbaugh.