With extensive public and private investments delivering enhanced on-and near-port infrastructure, the North Carolina State Ports Authority is building upon already enviable efficiencies, including furthering the attractiveness of its Port of Wilmington as an uncongested gateway to U.S. Southeast markets and beyond.

“The last couple of years have certainly brought a number of challenges for supply chains, but we’ve made a lot of progress, both on port and off, and we anticipate a bright future, based on the investments being made and coming online,” Brian E. Clark, executive director of NC Ports, told AJOT.

As a former APM Terminals executive who joined the NC Ports team as a chief operating officer in mid-2017 and was elevated to executive director in January 2021, Clark is no stranger to advancing marine terminal efficiencies, but achievements at the Port of Wilmington are likely the highlight of an industry career spanning three decades.

Public investments alone at the Port of Wilmington, as well as NC Ports’ bulk- and breakbulk-focused Port of Morehead City, have surpassed the $300 million mark, according to Clark, who is now sharing his expertise on a broad scale as a recent appointee to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory “The last couple of years have certainly brought a number of challenges for supply chains, but we’ve made a lot of progress, both on port and off, and we anticipate a bright future, based on the investments being made and coming online,” Brian E. Clark, executive director of NC Ports, told AJOT.

A former APM Terminals executive who joined the NC Ports team as a chief operating officer in mid-2017 and was elevated to executive director in January 2021, Clark is no stranger to advancing marine terminal efficiencies, but achievements at the Port of Wilmington are likely the highlight of an industry career spanning three decades.

Public investments alone at the Port of Wilmington, as well as NC Ports’ bulk- and breakbulk-focused Port of Morehead City, have surpassed the $300 million mark, according to Clark, who is now sharing his expertise on a broad scale as a recent appointee to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee, or MTSNAC.

The latest funding boost for NC Ports comes with the August announcement of an $18 million USDOT Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, grant for the creation of a Port of Wilmington intermodal rail facility that, over the next decade, should divert nearly 250,000 containers from trucks to trains.

The most visible project completed this year at the Port of Wilmington is a new container interchange gate complex. Opened in February, the facility increases overall capacity, taking the combined number of inbound and outbound lanes to 13, while bringing new technologies, including a Navis N4 terminal operating system and a customer access portal for the trucking community.

“It has introduced some new levels of efficiency,” said Clark, noting that Wilmington is already known for superior East Coast truck turn times. 

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