Sand-clogged inlet is a costly drag on shippers at NC port
The heaviest shoaling in decades has clogged the shipping channel at the Morehead City state port – reducing the navigable depth for freight vessels by 10 feet and forcing shippers to lighten their loads, at a cost to one port customer of more than $2 million a month.
“I've been a pilot for 30 years, and it's the worst that I've ever seen the channel,” said Andrew Midgett Jr., president of the Morehead City Pilots Association. “Ships want to come in at the maximum draft they can, because it saves them money. The deeper the ship, the fewer the... read more