The Georgia Ports Authority wrapped up fiscal 2013 in June with record volumes for total tonnage, bulk cargo, total auto-machinery units and freight moved by intermodal rail but once again missed the 3 million mark in container traffic.
“One of the things that are great about the GPA is that we are a very diversified portfolio of businesses, so while it wasn’t a record year for us in container volume, we were extremely strong in both liquid and dry bulk and extremely strong in automobile activity, both here and in Brunswick,” GPA executive director Curtis Foltz said Monday.
“All in all, it added up to another win for the state of Georgia, for the economy and for jobs in this area.”
The ports handled 27.2 million tons of cargo during the year, an all-time record, Foltz told his board Monday.
“Our overall tonnage increase has been fueled by the strength of U.S. exports and the GPA’s varied cargo spectrum,” Foltz said.
The bulk commodity group had an outstanding recovery year, he said, increasing 62 percent over fiscal 2012 on significant growth in liquid bulk in Savannah and dry bulk in Brunswick.
A reduction of machinery volume at Ocean Terminal in Savannah — attributed to lower Caterpillar exports to Australia as the mining industry continues to slow — was partially offset by record-setting automobile volumes at Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island auto processing terminal.