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Port of Wilmington hosts largest box ship calling on USEC

THE North Carolina State Ports Authority has made history with the visit of the 14,000 TEU Hyundai Hope at the Port of Wilmington, making it one of the largest container ships calling on the United States East Coast

28 May 2020 - 19:00

THE North Carolina State Ports Authority has made history with the visit of the 14,000 TEU Hyundai Hope at the Port of Wilmington, making it one of the largest container ships calling on the United States East Coast.

Executive director of North Carolina Ports, Paul J Cozza, said: 'This is a monumental milestone for North Carolina Ports, the Port of Wilmington and the entire state of North Carolina. This has been years in the making and seeing our hard work and dedication come to fruition with the arrival of the MV Hyundai Hope is truly something to celebrate.'



Our ports are an important asset for connecting North Carolina to opportunities around the globe. Welcoming this ship shows our commitment to supporting North Carolina's ports and the overall economy is paying off and keeping our state globally competitive,' added Robert A Wicker, chairman, North Carolina Ports board of directors.



The arrival of the MV Hyundai Hope highlights North Carolina Ports' commitment to its more than US$200 million capital improvements plan. Enhancing the Port of Wilmington's infrastructure to support the largest vessels calling on East Coast ports has long been a focal point of this initiative.



'Our team and board of directors recognised the importance of improving our infrastructure to support the growing vessels able to reach the United States following the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016. Since then, we have been working tirelessly to modernise our facilities in preparation of this historic moment,' said Brian E Clark, chief operating officer, North Carolina Ports, reports AJOT.



The arrival of the Hyundai Hope follows the completion of four major projects aimed at improving access for 14,000-TEU container ships to the Port of Wilmington. 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 (ULCVs).



The Hyundai Hope is operated by HMM in partnership with THE Alliance linking Asia and South America to Wilmington. HMM officially joined THE Alliance on April 1, 2020, which is made up of three additional ocean carriers: Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming and Ocean Network Express (ONE).


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