The Port of Brunswick handled 53,600 units of vehicles and heavy machinery in August, an increase of 1,700 compared to the same month last year.
The Port of Brunswick handled 53,600 units of vehicles and heavy machinery in August, an increase of 1,700 compared to the same month last year. The auto port recently added Nissan to its list of customers. Credit: Georgia Ports Authority

Georgia Port Authority (GPA) is reporting substantial growth, new partnerships and additional investment at Port Brunswick.

With more than two dozen major auto manufacturers already utilizing the Colonel’s Island port, Nissan North America has also chosen the Port of Brunswick as its new point of entry.

“We are pleased that Nissan has chosen the Peach State as its gateway to the Southeast,” said Griff Lynch, executive director of the GPA.

Brunswick’s 1,700-acre terminal provides immediate access to Interstate 95.

“Brunswick is a great fit into Nissan’s network, based on its location close to our dealerships in the southeastern U.S., proximity to I-95 for truck haul-away, and rail connections,” said J.S. Bolton, director of supply chain management for Nissan.

Growth and investment at Brunswick

According to the GPA, the Port of Brunswick’s traffic grew 3.3% to 53,600 units in August.

This is an increase of 1,700 units of vehicles and heavy machinery compared to August 2021.

To help accommodate new business, the GPA has developed an additional 85 acres for storage.

Further, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions is building three new buildings to support its auto processing operation for Nissan and Infiniti. The buildings are expected to be complete this fall.

The GPA board also approved $60 million for infrastructure and property development at a meeting held on Sept. 27.

“With WWS expanding its presence to make Brunswick a hub port for its auto processing, combined with new customers such as Nissan coming onboard, Colonel’s Island Terminal is poised to become the nation’s premier gateway for vehicles and heavy machinery,” said GPA board chairman, Joel Wooten.

The new slate of projects is in addition to $186.8 million in improvements the board approved in January and March.

A total of $25.4 million will go to upgrades for GPA common areas.

“With the enormous asset of space, our facility provides ample room to take on new business with on-site auto processing for services such as accessory installation,” said Wooten.

In an effort to accommodate larger vessels, the GPA will also be adding a fourth berth at Colonel’s Island.

For more information, visit gaports.com.