Georgia assigns USD 6M for Brunswick harbor improvements


Georgia signs off on funding for special harbor improvements at the Port of Brunswick to accommodate larger car carriers.

Georgia assigns USD 6M for Brunswick harbor improvements

The Georgia General Assembly has allocated just over USD 6 million for special harbor improvements at the Port of Brunswick as part of the state’s midyear budget adjustment.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ recommended harbor improvement plan includes a bend widener, expansion of the turning basin, and an expanded meeting area at St. Simons Sound.

“I want to thank our state lawmakers, members of Congress and Gov. Kemp for their continued support of our port operations in Brunswick and Savannah,” said Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Kent Fountain. “These funds, as well as expected federal dollars, will enable GPA to more effectively support the businesses and jobs that rely on Brunswick for efficient connections to global markets.”

The state allocation for the harbor is a pass-through to the Corps of Engineers to pay for the non-federal share of the project. The entire cost is expected to be $17.45 million, with a federal share of $11.35 million, or 65 percent.

“For the past four years, we’ve seen an increasing number of vessel calls at the Port of Brunswick, and the car carriers serving Colonel’s Island have expanded in size to 7,000-vehicle capacity,” said GPA President and CEO Griff Lynch. “An improved channel will better accommodate growing business demand, and perfectly complements the terminal improvements we’re making in Brunswick.”

Lynch said the next step is for GPA to sign a project partnership agreement with the Corps of Engineers laying out state and federal responsibilities related to the Brunswick Harbor improvements.

The project is expected to benefit the auto carriers calling on Colonel’s Island as well as bulk and breakbulk vessels carrying commodities such as forest products and raw rubber.

The Georgia Ports Authority is channeling substantial investments, surpassing $260 million, into infrastructure at the Port of Brunswick. These include investments into on-dock warehousing at the Colonel’s Island auto port as well as  expansion of Roll-on/Roll-off storage.