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Brunswick port has rise in cargo
Brunswick continues to see an increase in cargo coming in and out of its ports. Bulk and breakbulk, like forest and solid wood products such as wood pulp, liner board, plywood and paper products, increased at the authority's East River, Colonel's Island and Mayor's Point terminals.

Curtis Foltz, executive director of the port authority, said the increases speak well of Georgia's ports and the state's strategy.

"The (port authority's) growth despite a relatively flat economy reflects the level of efficiency and service our customers receive, which helps Georgia's deepwater ports maintain existing business and expand our market share," Foltz said.

Bulk cargo at the East River terminal grew from 49,402 tons in August of last year to 80,176 tons in August this year. That's an increase of 62.3 percent.

For the year so far, East River has moved 7.8 percent more cargo than it had at this time in 2011.

Mayor's Point, also on East River in the city, nearly doubled its activity to 10,380 tons.

Colonel's Island saw an increase in breakbulk, jumping by 46.2 percent for the month to 108,585 tons. The terminal has grown 35 percent over this time last year with 209,477 tons.

Auto processing facilities on Colonel's Island handle vehicles like Mercedes, Volvo, Volkswagen, Porshe, Audi and Land Rover, among others.

"Heavy machinery customers such as JCB, Caterpillar and John Deere are experiencing healthy demand in markets such as Australia and the Middle East, while the more than 20 automakers who use GPA services are doing brisk business in Europe," Foltz said.

Brunswick's port handled 98 percent of the Georgia Ports Authority's roll on/roll off cargo, or cargo that can be rolled on and rolled off a ship, such as vehicles.

Whether the strong showings will continue uninterrupted remains to be seen with the threat of a national dock worker strike looming on the horizon. Foltz expressed optimism earlier this month that the national contract dispute will be resolved to avoid a strike that would paralyze Georgia's seaports, as well as others from Maine to Texas.

The Port of Brunswick is the nation's fifth busiest port for total import-export of vehicle cargo, and the third busiest port for the export of U.S.-made vehicles and machinery.

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