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North Carolina Ports Partners with Crowley Maritime Corporation to Expand Central America Service

November 3, 2017

Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is excited to begin a new partnership with Crowley Maritime Corporation, a historic company serving the maritime industry for more than a century. Crowley will begin offering weekly, fixed-day shipping and logistics services between the Port of Wilmington, Guatemala and Honduras. The service will begin calling on the Port of Wilmington in late November.

“We are thrilled to welcome Crowley to N.C. Ports, they are an industry leader in the U.S. and international transportation with 125 years of experience. They will be a great addition to the Port of Wilmington and serving businesses in the Carolinas,” said N.C. Ports Executive Director Paul J. Cozza.

The new groundbreaking service makes the Port of Wilmington the northernmost Atlantic Coast destination for cargo entering the United States from Central America. The Northern Zone service expands the Ports’ impacts on the ever-growing textiles and legacy apparel industry across the Southeast region.

“We have served the cargo transportation needs of our customers shipping to and from Central America for more than 50 years,” said Steve Collar, Crowley Senior Vice President and General Manager International Services. “We continue to listen to their needs, then amend or expand our offerings appropriately.”

It’s been a monumental year at N.C. Ports with the addition of the Northern Zone service, two trans-Pacific services and a Central America to Europe pendulum service since May. N.C. Ports has further opened itself to the global market with a total of seven new carriers.

“The addition of Crowley to North Carolina Ports opens new avenues to the customers of the Carolinas and surrounding regions. Crowley is well recognized among the leaders in the industry and we look forward to continuing to serve the customers in North Carolina in new and innovative ways with this service,” said Greg Fennell, Chief Commercial Officer, N.C. Ports.

To prepare for this new partnership and record setting growth, North Carolina Ports has ordered three new ultra-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes from designer Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). Between the new cranes, turning basin expansion project, various berth improvements, and the expansion of the container yard, North Carolina Ports will pump more than $200 million into its infrastructure over the next two and a half years.

North Carolina’s ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry to the State of North Carolina. Port activities contribute statewide to 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.