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Why are there so many shipping containers stacked at the Port of Wilmington?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews
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Shipping containers and cranes at the N.C. State Port in Wilmington. (StarNews file photo)

Container volumes remain strong at the Port of Wilmington, said Shannon Moody, spokeswoman for the N.C. State Ports Authority.

The number of containers on the port is at its peak just as a container vessel is offloaded, she said. Empty containers typically occupy the east end of the port, while loaded containers are closer to the docks. Empty containers return to point of origin as space allows on return vessels, Moody said.

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One Response to “ Why are there so many shipping containers stacked at the Port of Wilmington?”

  1. On March 26, 2011 at 9:04 am Pat wrote:

    FYI -The number of containers increases because we receive more goods in the USA then we send out! In years when the USA shipped goods oversea’s we did not have to store container’s….
    There is a sub-division in California that has lost a hour or more of daylight because of container stacking. They are fighting thought their city council.



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