Stellar RoRo figures for Port of Brunswick

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The Port of Brunswick handled 86,577 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo in May, an increase of 26% compared to May 2023.

The Port of Brunswick, the second busiest US port for RoRo cargo—after the Port of Baltimore before the Key Bridge collapse—handled 86,577 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo in May.

This is an increase of more than 18,000 units or 26% compared to May 2023, making May the busiest month ever for the port, according to Georgia Port Authority.

This followed GPA’s shift of RoRo cargo previously handled at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal to Brunswick, as well as the diversion of some high/heavy units that normally would have been exported via Baltimore, the port authority said.

At 4,300 units, high/heavy machinery more than tripled GPA’s monthly average for the fiscal year through April. Exports totalled 3,440 units, while import units totalled 860.

GPA estimates roughly half of the machinery increase and approximately 15% of the auto increase in May was related to the Baltimore bridge collapse. Brunswick saw a larger impact on machinery, because most units were exports that had to be sent to GPA well before Baltimore’s Ro/Ro channel reopened in mid-May.

The May performance brings Georgia Ports volumes for the current fiscal year to date (July 1, 2023-May 31, 2024) to 796,000 units of autos and high/heavy machinery, up 20% compared to FYTD 2023.

Luxury vehicle exports to China were a highlight among Asian trade lanes, which along with services to Europe featured strong import-export business in finished vehicles last month.

Overall, auto processors moved just over 23,000 auto exports and 54,550 auto imports in May.

Brunswick’s proximity to domestic manufacturers and to vibrant sales markets make it a critical partner for the auto industry in driving new business,” said Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch. “The recent addition of 120 acres of processing space, along with hundreds more acres available for development, make Colonel’s Island Terminal uniquely able to expand along with the needs of car manufacturers.”

The auto port at Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 57 vessels in May, an increase of 12 ships compared to the same month last year.

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