July 24, 2002 at 4:42 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 10:35 PM
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA)
Develops, operates and maintains deepwater port facilities in Savannah and Brunswick. The Authority also operates inland barge terminals in Bainbridge and Columbus.
The GPA directly employs approximately 650 people.
2,180 vessels used GPA facilities in fiscal year 2002, representing a 7.5% increase
The Port of Savannah ranks as the seventh largest container port in the US.
The Port of Savannah handled 1.13 million TEUs in fiscal year 2002, representing an 11.3% increase.
The Port of Savannah serves 13 import distribution centers: Best Buy, the Bombay Company, California Cartage/Kmart, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Fred's, the Home Depot, Hugo Boss, Lowes, Michael's, Pier 1 Imports, Wal-mart Savannah, and Wal-mart Statesboro.
The Port of Savannah features the longest contiguous dock on the US East Coast with more than 7,720 feet of berthing space.
The Port of Savannah is planning construction of an eighth container berth which will increase the operating area by more than 80 acres and add 1,700 feet of berthing space.
The Savannah Federal Navigation Channel is maintained at minus 42 feet with plans to increase the depth to minus 48 feet.
The Port of Brunswick handled more than 251,230 auto and machinery units via the Colonel's Island Ro/Ro Terminal in fiscal year 2002, representing a 15% increase.
The Port of Brunswick is home to 12 prestigious international auto makers importing and exporting vehicles via the Colonel's Island Terminal.
Agri-bulk products moving through the Colonel's Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick rose 29.3% for fiscal year 2002.
Fiscal oversight, policy guidance provided by 13-member board of directors--governor appoints members to serve four-year terms.
Executive director manages day-to-day operations.
Created by the state of Georgia in 1945
To promote Georgia's agricultural, industrial and natural resources, to foster international trade and economic development for the state and maintain the environmental quality.
15 years of consecutive growth overall
$23 billion+ in revenue generated
$1.8 billion in personal incomes
$585 million returned annually in state/local taxes