With its recently widened turning basin, congestion-free cargo-moving productivity, new on-terminal cold storage and wood pellet facilities and a just-inaugurated intermodal rail link, the North Carolina State Ports Authority’s Port of Wilmington is drawing a lot of attention, including from global carrier alliances.
Over the past few months, the port has added weekly calls from:
THE Alliance’s trans-Panama Canal EC2 service from North Asia, carrying boxes of NYK Group, “K” Line and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (soon to jointly operate as the Ocean Network Express, or ONE), as well as Yang Ming and Hapag-Lloyd (the latter now merged with United Arab Shipping Co.);
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ Z7S trans-Suez Canal string from South China, Southeast Asia and India, furnishing an export conduit for Carolinas pork and poultry producers and other farmers;
TA2/NEUATL2 service from Europe of the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Co., with calls at such ports as Germany’s Bremerhaven and England’s Felixstowe, augmenting that group’s TP10/Amberjack Asia offering in serving Wilmington; and
Blue Stream refrigerated container service of Seatrade unit StreamLines, touching 10 ports in Europe, the Caribbean and Central America, in particular providing opportunities for sweet potato exports to Europe and imports of various grocery store produce.
Indeed, keeping up with all the new offerings of the Port of Wilmington is nearly as challenging as staying abreast of the cavalcade of global container carrier coalitions…
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