North Carolina Ports resumes operation after Hurricane Florence

25 September 2018 (Last Updated September 25th, 2018 12:24)

North Carolina Ports’ Wilmington and Morehead City terminals have resumed full commercial truck operations after remaining closed for 11 days due to Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Ports resumes operation after Hurricane Florence
Port of Wilmington North Carolina docks. Credit: Allen Forrest.

North Carolina Ports’ Wilmington and Morehead City terminals have resumed full commercial truck operations after remaining closed for 11 days due to Hurricane Florence.

Both the terminals shut down on 13 September before the arrival of the hurricane and were partially reopened for employees and vessel operations late last week.

The port of Wilmington received its first post-storm vessel on Thursday with the arrival of THE Alliance EC2’s Yang Ming Uniformity vessel that connects Asia to Wilmington.

The port of Morehead City handled its first vessel on Wednesday as well as three additional vessels on Thursday.

North Carolina Ports executive director Paul Cozza said: “North Carolina Ports’ facilities in Wilmington and Morehead City suffered some damage during Hurricane Florence.

“Our employees along with local, state and federal agencies worked around the clock to get our waterside terminals up and running as quickly and safely as possible.

“Our employees along with local, state and federal agencies worked around the clock to get our waterside terminals up and running as quickly and safely as possible.”

“The arrival of these ships to their respective ports marks the return to normalcy after such a devastating storm across eastern North Carolina. NC Ports looks forward to getting its terminals back on track for its customers.”

The North Carolina Ports Authority (NCPA) previously revealed that the Hurricane Florence caused damage to the warehouse and other structures at both the Wilmington and Morehead City terminals.

NCPA also estimated that a significant number of downed empty containers would require clearing.

It further noted that all major infrastructures at both the terminals weathered the storm with no damage.