Dredging project at the Port of Wilmington

We at the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage are extremely excited about the news of the dredging project that has been approved for the turning basing at the Port of Wilmington. This will allow the New Panamax vessels to service our port. Here is some of the information from the article…


The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission unanimously approved a variance Tuesday enabling the N.C. Ports Authority to go ahead with a $16 million dredging project to enlarge existing ships’ turning basin to accommodate larger container vessels, according to CRC Chair Frank Gorham.

According to the variance materials, the […]

Construction Progress Photos for week ending 12/05

Paving begins across the road at the Northwest Corner of the site.

Slab is complete on the South side of the Engine room.

Concrete fill-in placed around perimeter stem wall on north and west sides.

Poly has been installed in the engine room in preparation for concrete pours.

Construction progress photos for week ending 11/21

The sun sets over the Port as column and beam erection continues at the freezer.

Insulated Metal Panel installation ongoing at the engine room.

Steel erection is progressing well at the freezer.

Construction Progress Time Lapse Video

Port of Wilmington Cold Storage featured in Star News

Here is a recent article featuring the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage and a few comments from the president of the facility, Chuck McCarthy.

WILMINGTON — Persistent rain over the last several weeks has slowed construction of a cold storage facility at the Port of Wilmington, but the building should be open by mid-April, according to the company that will operate the new facility.

“The rain is slowing us down a bit,” said Chuck McCarthy, president and partner of Wilmington Cold Storage, a subsidiary of USA Investco. “If you think about the last month, it’s rained just about every other day.”

McCarthy […]

Construction progress photos for week ending 11/07

Backfilling the engine room.

Asphalt being removed at the truck apron on the south side.

All interior piers have been poured.

TPO membrane installation around a column (to the condenser stand).

(Below)  Chuck McCarthy on the roof of the engine room.

Construction Progress Photos for week ending 10/24

The loading dock is formed and almost ready to be poured.

Stripping the wall at the loading dock after the first pour.

Equipment room fans arrive on site.

First steel truck is on site and being unloaded!

Backfilling of the loading dock interior wall.

Progress of steel framing looking North.

Construction Progress Photos for week ending 10/10

Footing along 10 line looking south where rain water has filled the footings.

A continuous footing at the loading dock that is fully submerged by rain water.

Finally some dry weather!  East wall at equipment room looking north after the rain water has been pumped out.

Installation of the storm sewer inlet at the southwest corner of the equipment room.

Installation of piers and stem wall at the equipment room is on-going.

Electric service conduits installed as concrete workers continue to form and prep the south side of the Engine Room.


Construction Progress Photos for week ending 10/03

Looking North at the footing excavation along column line 10.

Looking East at the storm line south of the engine room being installed.

Looking North, workers prepare rebar for the footing at the dock office and loading dock.

Looking Southeast at the cleanout for the 6″ storm line.

Looking North, the continuous footing along column line 12 is ready to be poured.

And the rain begins!  Rain and high water table combine to make the site very saturated.

Footing K-10 is in the process of being poured.  This was one of the footings on K-line that had to be repaired due to the wood piles […]

Port of Wilmington Cold Storage Groundbreaking

Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina State Ports Authority, along with USA InvestCo, broke ground on a new 101,000-square-foot cold storage facility this morning. The warehouse facility is located directly on terminal at the Port of Wilmington and is expected to create more than 100 new jobs. North Carolina’s agriculture business has always relied heavily on the Port of Wilmington and this specific construction, offering over 11,000 pallet positions, represents further development in that market.

The Port of Wilmington Cold Storage Facility is the first cold storage facility located on a port in the state of North Carolina. Previously, […]