WILMINGTON, N.C. – Doug Vogt has joined the North Carolina State Ports Authority as its new chief operating officer effective Nov. 16.
Vogt, who has more than 20 years of port and terminal operations experience, succeeds Deputy Executive Director Brian Clark, who is slated to succeed Paul Cozza as executive director on Jan. 1.
At N.C. Ports, Vogt will apply his extensive experience to further improve the operational excellence at the Port of Wilmington, Port of Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port. Specifically, he will direct and coordinate the activities of all terminal operations. He will also oversee the execution of the infrastructure investment plan.
“Doug is the perfect addition to round out our leadership team. His experience and knowledge of the industry will be instrumental as we complete our multi-year capital improvements plan and look toward the future,” said Clark in a release.
Most recently, Vogt served as the vice president of operations, equipment and maintenance for Tropical Shipping in Riviera Beach, Fla. During his tenure, Vogt was responsible for developing one of the most successful port operations in the United States focusing on safety, TEU throughput per acre, on-time vessel departures and truck turn times. He led the implementation of a new terminal operating system at multiple port facilities as well as the multi-year terminal development plans for Tropical Shipping. His career also includes various roles with NYK Line, Maersk, APM Terminals, DeWolff, Boberg & Associates and Medline Inds.
“Doug’s experience will enable NC Ports to take advantage of critical infrastructure improvements as we continue to grow,” said Robert Wicker, chairman of the North Carolina Ports board of directors.
The addition of Vogt comes on the heels of several major operational milestones. North Carolina Ports welcomed the largest container ship to date to the Port of Wilmington last month. Earlier this year, N.C. Ports also completed phase two of its turning basin expansion project; opened 2,600 contiguous feet of container berth space; and completed an air draft improvement project, which increased the air draft over the Cape Fear River.