• 2020 May 21 18:08

    North Carolina Ports welcomes largest container ship to the Port of Wilmington

    The North Carolina State Ports Authority made history Wednesday as the MV Hyundai Hope sailed in to the Port of Wilmington. The MV Hyundai Hope has a carrying capacity of nearly 14,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and is one of the largest container ships calling on the United States East Coast, the company said in its release.

    “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,” said Paul J. Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina Ports. “This would not have been possible without the support of our many partners at the local, state and federal levels as well as funding from the North Carolina General Assembly.”

    “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 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 $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 recognized the importance of infrastructure improvements 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 modernize our facilities in preparation of this historic moment,” said Brian E. Clark, Chief Operating Officer, North Carolina Ports.

    The arrival of the MV 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).

    “This is proof positive that we are big ship ready and capable of handling some of the largest container vessels calling East Coast ports today,” said Hans C.E. Bean, North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer. “The arrival of a ship of this magnitude to the Port of Wilmington signals to our customers that we are ready to support their growing business needs today and in the future.”

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

    About North Carolina Ports

    North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port link the state’s consumers, business and industry to world markets and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute to more than 87,700 jobs, $678 million each year in state and local tax revenues, and $15.4 billion annually to the state’s economy.




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