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Georgia’s Port of Brunswick to See Big Upgrade After Government Funds New Construction

According to a new press release from the Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia’s Port of Brunswick will receive a big upgrade after funds were earmarked and passed by the state government in Georgia.

The new funding was included in the latest state budget for 2024. Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, signed the funding bill into law a couple of weeks ago.

The Georgia Ports Authority says that the improvements that are scheduled to take place at the Port of Brunswick include expansion of the port’s turning basin, expansions at St. Simons Sound, and a bend widener. The improvements were recommended to the state by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The goal of the upgrades is to service the increasing number of vessels calling the Port of Brunswick. The port sees a lot of automobile shipments coming into the U.S. from Europe and overseas, and the expansion project will make it easier for larger car carriers to service the port.

Georgia Ports Authority President Griff Lynch said in a statement:

“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.” He added that “An improved channel will better accommodate growing business demand, and perfectly complements the terminal improvements we’re making in Brunswick.”

In total, the project will likely cost as high as $17.5 million, but the federal government will be paying 65% of the costs through the Army Corps of Engineers.

Already, the Port of Brunswick has seen a large expansion in warehouse space and upgrades for roll-on/roll-of (RoRo) storage.

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