Wilmington, North Carolina, docks its biggest ship - 14,220-TEU
THE 14,220-TEU Yang Ming Warranty has docked at North Carolina's Port of Wilmington, setting a new record for the Harbour as the biggest ship to call, reports the New York's Maritime Professional
THE 14,220-TEU Yang Ming Warranty has docked at North Carolina's Port of Wilmington, setting a new record for the Harbour as the biggest ship to call, reports the New York's Maritime Professional.
'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,' said Brian Clark, chief operating officer, North Carolina State Ports Authority.
'As our capabilities continue to expand so will our abilities to better serve existing and future customers, North Carolina Ports continues to prove it is an attractive global gateway for shippers,' he said.
The arrival of the YM Warranty comes amid North Carolina Ports' more than US$200 million capital improvements plan.
Its visit follows the completion of four major projects aimed at improving access for 14,000+ TEU 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 welcomed three neopanamax cranes in 2018 and 2019 specifically designed to work ultra-large container vessels.
The YM Warranty is operated by Taiwan's 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).