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Georgia Ports Authority opens 40 dockside acres for automobiles

THE Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) combined the opening of 40 dockside acres to auto processing and with a day of thanksgiving to the US Coast Guard, Brunswick Bar Pilots and port workers for their efforts in the crew rescue, in the continuing vessel salvage and reopening of the Port of Brunswick after the car carrier Golden Ray capsized September 8

Georgia Ports Authority opens 40 dockside acres for automobiles

THE Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) combined the opening of 40 dockside acres to auto processing and with a day of thanksgiving to the US Coast Guard, Brunswick Bar Pilots and port workers for their efforts in the crew rescue, in the continuing vessel salvage and reopening of the Port of Brunswick after the car carrier Golden Ray capsized September 8

11 October 2019 - 19:00

THE Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) combined the opening of 40 dockside acres to auto processing and with a day of thanksgiving to the US Coast Guard, Brunswick Bar Pilots and port workers for their efforts in the crew rescue, in the continuing vessel salvage and reopening of the Port of Brunswick after the car carrier Golden Ray capsized September 8.

In his Brunswick State of the Port address, GPA executive director Gruff Lynch said: 'In only four days, we were able to reopen the port, protecting the livelihoods of our direct employees and thousands of others across the region.



'The Coast Guard and our Brunswick maritime community came together in an impressive display of teamwork, focused first on the safety of the crew, and now on protecting the natural environment and the safety of vessel operations,' said Mr Lynch, reported the American Journal of Transportation.



Turning to the automotive opening, GPA Board chairman Will McKnight said the growth at Colonel's Island autoport is thanks in part to its 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 the import-export of vehicles,' he said. 'Service from nine ocean carriers means Brunswick has the global connections to efficiently move exports and imports.'



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.


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