Port of Brunswick sets record month for autos


ATLANTA – The Port of Brunswick enjoyed its busiest month ever in March, the Georgia Ports Authority reported Wednesday.

The Colonel’s Island Terminal at Brunswick handled 77,236 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo last month, including autos and heavy machinery, an increase of 21% over March of last year and a new record.

The port moved 628,937 units of Ro/Ro cargo during the first nine months of fiscal 2024, up 16% over the first three quarters of the last fiscal year. With a monthly average of 69,882 units, Georgia ports likely are headed for an all-time record by the end of the current fiscal year June 30.

“Import and export trade has increased as automakers expanded production,” said Griff Lynch, the ports authority’s executive director. “Colonel’s Island processors have captured additional market share in the South Atlantic region.”

Another factor just starting to show up in increased traffic at the Port of Brunswick is the impact of a container ship knocking down the Francis Scott Key Bridge at the Port of Baltimore late last month. Baltimore is the nation’s leading port for importing autos.

The ports authority is building additional infrastructure at Brunswick to accommodate the growth in autos and heavy machinery. A $262 million expansion due to be completed by late this summer will add 122 acres of Ro/Ro storage and 640,000 square feet of new processing space.

Also, a fourth Ro/Ro berth is being added to more efficiently handle vessels capable of carrying more than 7,000 vehicles.