Tonnage climbs for Georgia ports

Tonnage climbs for Georgia ports

Tonnage at the Georgia ports of Brunswick and Savannah grew 23 percent in February to 1.39 million tons from 1.13 million tons a year ago.

The Georgia Ports Authority said Savannah experienced a 14.2 percent increase in total TEUs, up 16,600 TEUs from February 2003.

Brunswick's Colonel's Island facility saw a 22.6 percent increase in auto and machinery units, or 5,093 more units than at this time last year.

The GPA also announced that its board of directors approved two contracts worth $759,000 that the agency said will allow it to move forward with security improvements.

The contracts will include the installation of a perimeter monitoring system in Savannah and Brunswick. This work will include a camera assessment system linked by fiber optics, perimeter intrusion detection, and cameras linked to the Georgia Ports Command Center.

The contracts will be funded through $1.5 million in port security grants from the Department of Homeland Security.