The port is a bustling place when boats like the Star Lima (above left), operated by G2 Ocean, are
docked. Shuttle chassies (top) take the containers to a pre-designated area in the shipyard. A toplift
moves a container onto a tractor-trailer (above).
“This gives us the ability to export
a lot of agriculture goods, chickens,
turkeys, sweet potatoes,” Cozza says.
Another public/private partner-ship
is the two huge white domes
constructed by Enviva to house wood
pellets. Each dome can hold up to
45,000 metric tons of wood pellets,
which are loaded into containers and
exported to Europe, where they are
replacing coal in energy production
and home heating.
Wood products have become the
No. 1 export out of Wilmington,
and helped the port achieve a export-import
ratio of roughly 52-48 per-cent,
a rarity in the industry.