Stewart Reappointed to North Carolina State Ports Authority


Governor Bev Perdue has reappointed Carl J. Stewart, Jr. of Gastonia as Chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority for a six-year term.

Carl J. Stewart, Jr., former Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives, was originally appointed as the Chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Board of Directors in 2004. A resident of Gastonia, he served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1967 through 1980 representing the 38th District Stewart was elected Speaker in 1977 and again in 1979. Currently, he practices law in Gastonia.

Stewart served on the North Carolina Board of Transportation from 1981 until 1983. He was a member of the Economic Development Board and the North Carolina Board of Technology from 1999-2001. Stewart was also Chairman of the Board of Directors for Preservation North Carolina during this time. He has served as Chairman of the Gastonia-West Committee since 1996. Stewart received undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University.

Under Stewart’s leadership the NC State Ports Authority has engaged in significant expansion programs at the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, including the proposed North Carolina International Terminal in Brunswick County. The Ports have attained considerable milestones under Stewart’s guidance. Some of those successes include:

Wilmington’s container terminal continues the multi-million dollar expansion which began in 2004 with the completion of the 42-foot Cape Fear River navigation channel to the Port, and includes four new all electric post-Panamax container cranes, refurbishments to the terminal’s container berths, new container handling machines and a new terminal operating system. Container volumes also have doubled in that time due in part to two new container shipping companies beginning service to Wilmington in 2009.

At the Port of Morehead City, a new 177,000 square foot warehouse serves the Port’s rubber and forest products customers, a new six-acre open paved storage area supports military shipments through the Port, and improvements to the rail system facilitate quick cargo movement.