Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has revealed plans to invest $152m over the next decade to improve the Brunswick terminals.
Under the modernisation project, GPA will add a fourth berth at Colonel’s Island Terminal to serve roll-on / roll-off cargo for which the permit request has already been submitted to the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Construction of the new berth is expected to commence in 2016.
GPA Board vice chairman Jimmy Allgood said: "Served by eight ocean carriers, Colonel’s Island Terminal offers three modern Ro / Ro berths and four on-terminal auto processors, handling cargo for more than 60 auto and heavy machinery manufacturers.
"With 696 acres in use and 641 acres permitted for expansion on Colonel’s Island, GPA can easily accommodate additional Ro / Ro business."
GPA executive director Curtis Foltz said: "In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo, our capacity must remain higher than current demand.
"To that end, we will be improving Brunswick facilities serving each of our major business sectors here, including automotive, breakbulk and bulk cargo."
Additionally, GPA will fund the next phase of the Anguilla Junction Rail Yard expansion with the development of 8,470ft of track, an additional 28% to the total of 39,039ft of track.
The expansion of the rail yard is expected to help handle export automobiles built in Alabama, Tennessee and Indiana.
Other projects to be covered under the GPA funding include additional earthwork on 40acres of land on the south of Colonel’s Island, the first phase of a berth upgrade at Mayor’s Point, East River Terminal improvements and improvements at the Colonel’s Island agribulk facility.
The Port of Brunswick moved 680,414 cars, trucks and tractors this year, with an increase of 0.9% when compared to the same period last year.
The total amount of cargo handled by the GPA’s terminals in Brunswick amounted to 3.5m tonnes this year.
However, the bulk cargo handled at the GPA terminals in Brunswick reportedly dropped by 0.2% when compared to 2014.
Breakbulk cargo reportedly reached over 1.5m tonnes with an increase of 0.1% when compared to 2014.
According to Foltz, the GPA has spent $46.2m on infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Brunswick in the past decade.
The port automotive tonnage is one of the fastest growing major Ro/Ro terminals in the US moving 1.3m tonnes in 2014 with a 10-year cumulative annual growth rate of 12.8%.
Image: GPA’s terminals in Brunswick handled about to 3.5m tonnes of cargo this year. Photo: courtesy of GAP.