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2018 has been a record-setting year for the North Carolina Ports.

Over last fiscal year, the North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington. Container growth increased by 38 percent while general cargo growth is up 18 percent since the 2017 fiscal year. The Port of Morehead City was also busier, experiencing 20 percent growth in general cargo.

2018 also was a record year for operating revenue – up four percent over North Carolina Ports’ previous high in fiscal year 2016.

As a key economic driver within the state, the Port of Wilmington is well-positioned for growth in the fresh and frozen refrigerated markets through on-dock cold storage and increased refrigerator container capacity.

To maintain its record setting growth, the North Carolina Ports has committed more than $200 million in infrastructure improvements, including the order of three new extra-large container cranes, berth renovations and container yard and turning basin expansions.

Additionally, a new rail-mounted gantry crane for the Port of Morehead City will arrive in Summer 2019.