North Carolina’s water ports have an undeniable energy lately, which translates to industry and job growth. The capacity of the ports to accommodate multimodal shipping combined with a convenient mid-Atlantic U.S. location, two complementary inland ports and close proximity to the North Carolina Global TransPark gives them a competitive advantage over neighboring states’ ports.
The N.C. State Ports Authority was recognized by Inbound Logistics as a supply chain visionary when it was included on the June 2011 G75 list. The Ports Authority has a history of commitment to sustainability, having initiated Project Energy in 2007. The purpose of Project Energy was to assess and identify energy and environmental conservation measures that could be implemented at port facilities. The green port initiative is responsible for changes and upgrades in eight focus areas:
- Fuel Usage
- Alternative Energies
- Hybrid Technologies
As a result of its efforts, Project Energy has reduced energy demand by up to 80 percent in warehouse facilities and significantly reduced emissions through equipment modifications and hybrid use. An important benefit from the initiative beyond positive environmental impact includes substantial cost savings.
In addition to embracing a green business ethic, the ports are becoming an integral part of the green energy infrastructure nationally as well as within North Carolina. In April, the Port of Morehead City touted repeat business from a company shipping wind turbines. According to the official release from the N.C. State Ports Authority, the Port of Morehead City’s location, its ability to provide customized service to its customers, partnered with its essential personnel and facilities, including a 45-foot channel draft, make it ideally suited to handle this type of cargo.
Just down the road at the Port of Wilmington, global shippers find a 42-foot navigational channel offering customers additional vessel capacity. The port also offers readily available modern transit and warehouse facilities, state-of-the-art post-Panamax container cranes and support equipment, and the latest in cargo management technology. CSX Transportation provides daily rail service for boxcar, tanker and general cargo services, with CSX Intermodal providing the infrastructure for double-stack container rail logistics.
The ports are also meeting global market access needs of the growing automotive, aerospace and retail distribution industries in North Carolina. The N.C. State Ports Authority announced a seven percent revenue increase over the previous year for the first quarter of FY2012 as volumes are up at all facilities. In addition, N.C.’s ports had the highest five-year container volume growth among the top U.S. east coast ports at 62.4 percent, according to PIERS data listed in the Sept. 19, 2011 issue of the Journal of Commerce.
“The Authority’s profitability during particularly difficult economic times is due to our vigorous pursuit of new business opportunities and the commitment of N.C. Ports’ employees and partners,” said N.C. State Ports Authority CEO Tom Eagar in a November 10 press release.
For more information, visit The N.C. State Ports Authority at NCPorts.com.
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