‘Big is better’, even in times of crisis. Port operators in Wilmington, North Carolina, who celebrated the arrival of the largest containership ever to berth in the port yesterday, know something about it.
With its 13,154 TEUs, the Hyundai Hope, owned by the HMM company, has brought a fresh wave of optimism to the US east coast port, which has rewarded the efforts made over the last few years to modernize infrastructure and equipment.
The main change was made in January, when the Duke Energy Corporation completed the project to raise the power lines over the Cape Fear River by 12 meters, to allow vessels over 64 meters high to cross the river.
In June, the local Port Authority also widened its turning bacin to 464 metres, to enable the largest container ships to manoeuvre there.
With the arrival of the Hyundai Hope it has finally been possible to test the new neo-Panamax Cranes, purchased months ago to attract the ULCS that now cross the Panama Canal.
Translation by Giles Foster