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Another voided sailing at Wilmington, but berth expansion continues

SAILINGS are still being blanked at the Port of Wilmington, with the latest void sailing scheduled for May, bringing the total number of cancelled sailings to four with three taking place between March and April

26 March 2020 - 12:54

SAILINGS are still being blanked at the Port of Wilmington, with the latest void sailing scheduled for May, bringing the total number of cancelled sailings to four with three taking place between March and April. Port facilities in North Carolina are still operating.

'We recognise the importance of our ports in the supply chain which is why we are working diligently to ensure the safety and security of all employees and operations at North Carolina Ports' facilities in order to keep freight moving,' NC Ports spokeswoman Bethany Welch said in an email, reported Wilmington Biz.



It's difficult to tell at this time what the long-term impacts of the coronavirus on the maritime industry and the port will be, she said, adding that the port would get a better idea of those impacts in the coming months.



'The good news: We are receiving reports that factories in Asia are ramping up and vessel schedules will be returning to normal,' Ms Welch said.



All North Carolina Ports' facilities, including the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, and Charlotte Inland port continue to operate on a normal schedule, she said.



'Right now, we don't anticipate that changing,' she said. 'We are strictly following all guidelines set by the United States Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection as vessels transit to and from our terminals.



'Additionally, we are taking all necessary precautions as outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Governor, and the CDC to protect the health of all employees.'


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