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The North Carolina State Ports Authority is equipped to handle more refrigerated containers, now that a new refrigerated container yard has opened at the Port of Wilmington, port officials announced last week.
The $14 million construction project increased the port's on-terminal refrigerated container (reefer) plugs from 235 to 775. Also added was a new reefer service area, as well as 27 reefer racks to support the stacking of refrigerated containers.
Positioned near Port of Wilmington Cold Storage, the location consolidates all refrigerated cargo into one area, which helps enhance the port's efficiency when moving perishable goods, port authority officials said in a press release.
Supporting the refrigerated cargo sector is a strategic goal for North Carolina ports, they said.
"The completion of the container yard allows North Carolina Ports to better support the growing agriculture and grocery sectors across North Carolina and the entire southeastern United States," said Paul Cozza, the ports' executive director.
CSX serves the Port of Wilmington.