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GPA expands auto processing operations to handle 1.5 million ro-ro units annually


Port of Brunswick in Georgia is poised to take on new business with completion of a 40-acre dockside property dedicated to auto processing at the roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) port at Colonel's Island Terminal.
This was disclosed by Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Griff Lynch at the recent Brunswick State of the Port address. "Construction is complete and the new space is now open for ro-ro operations," Mr Lynch said. "With this expansion, the Port of Brunswick is ready to take on substantial new business."
The development increases the car storage area by approximately 6,000 spaces and provides a 9-acre staging area for high and heavy equipment being loaded or unloaded from vessels. The benefits will include additional capacity and speedier vessel processing, according to AJOT.
The new dockside expansion will increase GPA's rail capacity for autos at Brunswick, adding 14,100 feet of track.
The Port of Brunswick moved 614,000 units of ro-ro cargo in fiscal year 2019, an increase of 4 per cent, or 23,000 units. Including the 36,000 units moved via Ocean Terminal in Savannah, Georgia is the second busiest hub for the import-export of vehicles, machinery and other types of ro-ro cargo in the US.
The Georgia Ports Authority has enough land permitted for expansion to grow capacity to 1.5 million ro-ro units per year.
"Brunswick's proximity to Southeastern dealerships and auto manufacturers, combined with its ability to reach important inland markets via CSX and Norfolk Southern, makes it an ideal hub for the import-export of vehicles," said GPA board chairman Will McKnight. "Service from nine ocean carriers means Brunswick has the global connections to efficiently move exports and imports."

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