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The Port of Brunswick: Fueling Our Economy, Creating Opportunity and Supporting the Environment

10/05/2011 - Savannah

Brunswick, Ga. – October 5, 2011 – Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced that Colonel’s Island Terminal marked its highest auto and machinery unit volume in FY2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) at the State of the Port address. He also outlined actions required to achieve new growth and prepare the Port of Brunswick for future prosperity.

"The Port of Brunswick continued its momentum, which led to a record year for auto and machinery throughput," said Foltz. "The 40-percent increase in total Ro/Ro (roll-on/roll-off) units compared with the previous year allowed the GPA to surpass pre-recession levels and gain market share across the Southeast."

The Port of Brunswick is the third busiest U.S. port for auto imports, behind Los Angeles, Calif., and Newark, N.J. In terms of tonnage, Brunswick’s annual volume for auto and machinery units increased 50.6% in FY2011, compared to the U.S., which increased 15.6% according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Auto and machinery market share at the Port of Brunswick represents 8.5 percent of the U.S. total and 13.9 percent of the U.S. East Coast volume.

"Georgia’s deepwater ports are one of the brightest spots in the state’s economy right now," said GPA Chairman of the Board Alec L. Poitevint. "Brunswick has become the fifth largest U.S. auto port by having the best workforce, unsurpassed infrastructure, room to grow and a sound marketing plan to capitalize on its strengths."

Foltz discussed infrastructure improvements that will support the export of dried distillers grain (DDG), which began arriving at Colonel’s Island in October 2010. The GPA’s board has approved the purchase of two hard-car unloaders and the construction of a conveyance system and metal structure to enclose the operation.

To accommodate the international demand for Georgia’s biomass fuels, the GPA and Logistec have agreed to upgrade the East River Terminal. The GPA will invest approximately $7 million and Logistec will invest $5 million to expand operations at East River Terminal. The facility’s new capacity will triple to one million tons annually and will create nearly 300 jobs in Georgia. The upgrade will include deepening Berths 1 and 2 and the Lanier Dock to 36 feet at mean low water.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 295,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $15.5 billion in income, $61.7 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.


FACT SHEET: Brunswick FY2011 State of the Port


FY2011 Year-End Results Port of Brunswick


Auto Units 465,342 40.1%

Breakbulk Tonnage 1,082,909 42.0%

Vessel Calls 509 18.4%

FY2011: Highlights

The Port of Brunswick is the third busiest U.S. port for auto imports, behind Los Angeles and Newark.

In FY2011, Brunswick is the fifth largest auto port in the U.S. by tonnage.

In terms of tonnage, Brunswick’s annual volume for auto and machinery units increased 50.6% in FY2011, compared to the U.S., which increased 15.6% according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census Foreign Trade Division for USA Trade.

Auto and machinery unit volume at the Port of Brunswick represents 8.5 percent of the U.S. total and 13.9 percent of the U.S. East Coast market share.

Total combined export tonnage for Savannah and Brunswick ranks second in the nation.

The Port of Brunswick welcomed the largest Ro/Ro vessel in the world, the WWL Tønsberg.

Significant expansion opportunities and new infrastructure will accommodate growing Georgia exports for biomass fuels.



The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Deepwater Ports Statewide*



295,443 full- and part-time jobs (7% of Georgia’s total employment)


$61.7 billion in sales


$26.8 billion in gross state product


$15.5 billion in income


$ 3.5 billion in federal taxes, $1.5 billion in state taxes and $1.1 billion in local taxes


*Based on UGA study: The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Deepwater Ports in FY2009



About the Port of Brunswick



The Port of Brunswick is most strategically located to reach 44% of the U.S. population and 42% of all job-creating companies.

Brunswick has five on-terminal auto processors, eight ocean carriers, more than 15 trucking companies, nine manufacturing offices and two Class 1 rail providers (Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation).


For additional information, please contact GPA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com.