GPA to Expand Capacity Following Fiscal Year Success


Following the announcement of its Fiscal Year 2018 successes, such as the handling of 630,000 cars, trucks and tractors, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has outlined its future expansion plans.

Successes in FY2018 also included the handling of one million tons of bulk cargo at East River Terminal, as well as the processing of approximately 590,000 ro-ro units.

At the Brunswick State of the Port address, on October 25, GPA Executive director Griff Lynch said: “The Port of Brunswick achieved a solid performance across all cargo categories over the last fiscal year.

“As GPA adds new terminal space, we will expand our service area in the Southeast and beyond.” 

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According to a statement, GPA will add 60 dockside acres for its ro-ro operations over the next 12 months, in addition to building a new cross-terminal road linking the three vessel berths at Brunswick.

These improvements will offer a more direct route to existing auto processing lots on the south end of the terminal. 

The new dockside expansion is also expected to double GPA’s rail capacity, allowing Brunswick to build up 10,000-foot long unit trains on the terminal. 



By 2019, the GPA will have a total of 550 acres of leasable space for auto processing at Colonel’s Island Terminal. An additional 400 acres will be utilized to bring annual throughput capacity to 1.5 million vehicles.

Jimmy Allgood, GPA Board Chairman, commented: “Our ability to expand capacity on Colonel’s Island is unmatched in the U.S.

“The strength of our ports is a result of the incredible team that makes it all possible – the GPA staff and International Longshoremen’s Association, the on-terminal auto processors, our thousands of loyal customers, and, of course, the support we receive from elected leadership throughout the state.”

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