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North Carolina Ports boosts reefer capacity with 540 new plugs

THE North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) is ready to handle more reefer cargo at Wilmington with the addition of 540 reefer plugs to 775 and plans to have 1,000 more when Phase 2 of the project is completed, reports the American Journal of Transportation

28 April 2020 - 19:00

THE North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) is ready to handle more reefer cargo at Wilmington with the addition of 540 reefer plugs to 775 and plans to have 1,000 more when Phase 2 of the project is completed, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

'The completion of the refrigerated container yard allows NC Ports to better support the growing agriculture and grocery sectors across North Carolina and the entire southeastern United States,' said NCSPA executive director Paul Cozza.



The US$14 million construction project includes a new reefer service area as well as 27 reefer racks to support the stacking of refrigerated containers. The new yard is positioned near the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage.



The location consolidates all refrigerated cargo into one area which helps enhance the port's efficiency when moving perishable goods, said the port authority.



The opening of the reefer yard comes as North Carolina Ports is experiencing unprecedented growth in the cold chain sector. Refrigerated container volume through the Port of Wilmington quadrupled from 2014 to 2019. Year-to-date volumes have been trending up 30 per cent as both export and import demand continues to grow.


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