The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NC Ports) has said the call of the Yang Ming Warranty earlier in October to the Port of Wilmington is testament to its commitment to improving operational efficiency through capital investment.
NC Ports pointed to the completion of four major projects aimed at improving access for 14,000 TEU container ships. Earlier this year, NC Ports completed phase two of its turning basin expansion project, opened 2,600 contiguous feet of container berth space and completed an air draft improvement project which increased the air draft over the Cape Fear River.
Additionally, the Ports Authority welcomed three neo-Panamax cranes in 2018 and 2019 specifically designed to work ultra-large container vessels.
The Yang Ming Warranty sailed into port with a carrying capacity of 14,220 TEU; it is the largest vessel currently operating on the US East Coast.
“North Carolina Ports continues to prove it is an attractive global gateway for shippers,” said Brian E. Clark, Chief Operating Officer, NC Ports.
“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. As our capabilities continue to expand so will our abilities to better serve existing and future customers.”
“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,” added Clark. “It is also proof our infrastructure improvements are paying off and our customers are taking notice.”
The YM Warranty is operated by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation in partnership with THE Alliance linking Asia and South America to Wilmington. THE Alliance is made up of three additional ocean carriers: Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and Ocean Network Express (ONE).