Port of Wilmington highlighted in NC Ports presentation

New Cranes in Port
The cranes measure in at 776 feet long, longer than the North Carolina Battleship. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An event was held in the Cape Fear Friday to highlight positive changes at the Port of Wilmington, as well as other ports around the Tar Heel State.

Dozens attended State of the Ports, hosted by the North Carolina Foreign Trade Promotion Council at the Cape Fear Country Club.

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Paul J. Cozza, executive director of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, discussed big things that have happened over the last year, including the addition of five container service lines.

John Hayes, who organized the event, says better trade means better business for all North Carolinians.

“Many of the companies that are resident in North Carolina are Japanese, British, French, German, they’ve already decided that North Carolina is a great place to trade from. What we want to do is grow some more home-grown North Carolina companies to look at opportunities of doing business,” said Hayes.

NC Ports says container volume was up 31 percent at the Port of Wilmington in fiscal year 2018.