Mayor’s Point Handles Import, Export, and Domestic Cargo

Delivering Creative Solutions

In Fiscal Year 2019, Mayor’s Point Terminal at the Port of Brunswick handled 81,500 tons of breakbulk cargo.

  • Focusing mainly on the export of forest products, Mayor’s Point handles warehousing for domestic Rayonier cargo, exports for Georgia Pacific and import cargo for SCA Logistics.
  • Wood pulp handled for SCA Logistics is new business for the Port of Brunswick, with a vessel arriving every other month with a delivery of roughly 5,000 tons per ship.
  • Mayor’s Point then stores the cargo in on-dock warehouses, and facilitates the distribution of the wood pulp to mills throughout the Southeast via rail and truck.
    Growth at East River Terminal was driven largely by wood pellets, peanut pellets and perlite.

At East River Terminal in Brunswick, terminal operator Logistec moved 1.2 million tons of bulk cargo in FY2019, an increase of 203,000 tons, or 20 percent.

  • The improvement was largely associated with an increase in wood pellets, peanut pellets and perlite.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted the GPA a permit for the addition of a fourth berth to serve Roll-on/Roll-off vessel traffic at Colonel’s Island Terminal.

  • The design phase is the next step for the project. The construction permit is good for a period of five years. Ahead of the completion of a fourth berth, GPA is reconfiguring Berth 2 at Colonel’s Island to optimize its use for Ro/Ro cargo.

In Fiscal Year 2019, the Port of Brunswick handled nearly 614,000 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo. Including the 36,000 units moved via Ocean Terminal in Savannah, the state of Georgia is the second busiest U.S. hub for the import-export of vehicles, machinery and other Ro/Ro types.

  • The growth at Colonel’s Island autoport is thanks to several factors. The first is Brunswick’s logistical advantage, including immediate access to Interstate 95, and from there, I-10 and I-16.
  • “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 vehicle processing,” said GPA
    Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Service from nine ocean carriers means Brunswick has the global connections to efficiently move exports and imports.”
  • Secondly, the Authority has increased capacity at Colonel’s Island to take on new cargo from existing customers and to lay the groundwork to win additional automakers to Brunswick.
  • “No other Ro/Ro port in the nation can match Brunswick’s expansion space,” Lynch said. Over the past four years, GPA has developed 230 acres of leasable space on terminal, for a total of 532. Colonel’s Island has another 400 acres permitted for development on its south side, for potential total capacity of 1.5 million vehicles per year.

At the Port of Brunswick, a series of infrastructure projects will increase capacity and provide new opportunities in Roll-on/ Roll-off cargo handling.

  • By November 2019, the GPA will add 40 dockside acres to the Ro/Ro operation at Colonel’s Island Terminal.
  • The development increases the car storage area by approximately 6,000 spaces, and provides a staging area for vehicles being loaded or unloaded from vessels. The benefit will be speedier vessel processing, especially for those customers whose auto processing lots are on the south end of Colonel’s Island Terminal.
  • GPA has also added a second access road between the docks and the island’s south side. This provides a more direct route to existing auto processing lots and new development on the south end of the terminal. A crossterminal road links the three vessel berths.
  • The new dockside expansion will increase GPA’s rail capacity for autos at Brunswick, adding 14,100 feet of track. This, in turn, will allow Brunswick to expand service in markets west of the Mississippi River and into the American Midwest. In FY2019, more than 110,000 vehicles were transported to inland markets from Brunswick by rail.

Kia Institutes Fresh Paradigm

A longtime customer of the Port of Savannah, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia began producing cars in West Point in 2009. KMMG moves parts and components in via Savannah to support production at its West Point, Ga., plant.

  • Cars built in Georgia were, until 2019, all destined for the domestic U.S. market.
  • Now, in addition to KIA importing vehicles through Brunswick, they are exporting finished vehicles via Colonel’s Island. Kia is exporting 3,000 Tellurides a year through Brunswick.
  • Through vertical integration — parts in via Savannah, autos out via Brunswick — Kia is taking advantage of Georgia’s extensive road and rail infrastructure, as well as its broader network of shipping line services.

article courtesy of Ga Ports



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