Doug Vogt will serve as the next chief operating officer of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.
Vogt will manage the Port of Wilmington, Port of Morehead City and Charlotte Inland Port. He will direct and coordinate the activities of all terminal operations and oversee the execution of the infrastructure investment plan, according to a release Thursday from the authority.
“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 Brian E. Clark, Deputy Executive Director, North Carolina Ports.
Vogt will assume the role Nov. 16 as Clark continues to transition into the top leadership position effective Jan. 1, 2021.
Vogt brings more than 20 years of port and terminal operations experience to NC Ports.
He recently served as the vice president of operations, equipment and maintenance for Tropical Shipping in Riviera Beach, Florida. He also served in various roles with NYK Line, Maersk Inc., APM Terminals, DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, and Medline Industries, Inc. throughout his career.
“Doug’s experience will enable NC Ports to take advantage of critical infrastructure improvements as we continue to grow,” said Robert A. Wicker, Chairman of the North Carolina Ports Board of Directors. “We are excited to add a strong maritime industry veteran to our existing team of talented leaders.”
Also this year, North Carolina Ports welcomed the largest container ship to date to the Port of Wilmington last month. Earlier this year, NC 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.