Doug J. Marchand, Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), outlined the steps necessary to take advantage of the new and expanding resources available at the Port of Brunswick during his annual State of the Port speech, entitled ‘New Resources, New Opportunities.’

‘By completing the harbor deepening and embarking on additional infrastructure improvements, the Port of Brunswick is poised to attract additional business to Georgia and provide existing customers greater efficiencies and cost savings,’ said Marchand.

Marchand described several key infrastructure improvements and the addition of new capacities at the Brunswick terminals that include the expansion of auto processing facilities to the south side of Colonel’s Island, additional rail and cargo capacity to support increased volumes in both grain and automobiles, and upgrades to GPA’s docks to service larger ships.

Marchand also reported to the audience of port users, business leaders and elected officials a 10-percent increase in activity at Colonel’s Island Terminal in FY2007.

‘Colonel’s Island experienced another record setting year - handling 1.245 million tons,’ said Marchand. ‘The key to this growth was bulk cargo, as gains in this sector were especially dramatic. Bulk throughput reached 438,671 tons through our grain facility, a 41.1-percent increase, while automobile throughput enjoyed modest gains ’ growing 1.4 percent and setting a new high-water mark in FY2007. Total tonnage for all terminals was 2.432 million tons.’