Port of Brunswick sets record month for autos

Port of Brunswick sets record month for autos

Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick has continued its record-setting pace in March, handling 77,236 units of Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo) cargo, an increase of 13,438 units or 21 per cent over the same month last year.

Among the Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) March RoRo volumes, 4,210 units were high and heavy cargo. Fiscal Year 2024 machinery volumes now total 20,113, an increase of 6,887 units or 34 per cent through the first nine months of the fiscal year, which ends 30 June, 2024.

From July 2023 through March 2024, GPA has moved 628,937 total units of RoRo cargo, an increase of 88,200 or 16 per cent. The monthly average is 69,882 units, meaning Georgia Ports could handle an all-time record of 800,000 units by the end of its fiscal year in June.

23 carmakers and 17 heavy machinery producers use the Port of Brunswick, which handled approximately 723,515 RoRo units last fiscal year.

Colonel’s Island handled a record 52 vessels in March, up 11 vessels or 27 per cent compared to March 2023.

The Port of Brunswick has handled 431 RoRo vessels during the first three quarters of the fiscal year. Based on its monthly average, Colonel’s Island is on track to handle a record 572 ships by the end of June. The previous record was 534, set in FY 2015.

To better accommodate growing trade, GPA is increasing its infrastructure for processing autos and high and heavy equipment.

Colonel’s Island is undergoing a $262 million infrastructure programme that is nearing completion. Projects are expanding capacity by adding 122 acres of RoRo storage and 640,000 square feet of new processing space.

These projects are more than 85 per cent complete and should be finished in late summer 2024. Another 300 acres are available for development.

GPA is also in the process of adding a fourth RoRo berth to handle additional vessels. Currently in the engineering phase, the new berth will more efficiently accommodate vessels capable of carrying 7,000-plus vehicles.

“March was the busiest month ever for RoRo cargo in Brunswick, with organic growth and new customers driving increases in both autos and high and heavy equipment,” said Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch.

“Import and export trade has increased as auto makers expanded production and Colonel’s Island processors have captured additional market share in the South Atlantic region.”

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“Brunswick’s terminal capacity, its location just two miles from I-95, and on-terminal rail facilities make it the perfect gateway to serve manufacturers and dealerships across the Southeast,” said GPA Board Chairman Kent Fountain.

“The investments we are making will ensure Colonel’s Island has the capacity to meet the demand of the region’s fast-growing population for years to come.”

In May 2023, the GPA received federal environmental approval to develop an inland terminal near Gainesville.

More recently, the GPA provided an update to representatives from neighbouring counties and consumers regarding the Blue Ridge Connector’s future expansion.

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