The K Line vessel Horizon Highway is docked at Colonel's Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick. Served by nine ocean carriers, Colonel’s Island Terminal offers three modern Ro/Ro berths and four on-terminal auto processors, handling cargo for more than 30 auto and heavy equipment manufacturers. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Have you ever strolled around the pier village as a large shipping vessel glides by? There’s nothing like seeing the monolithic ships sail through the St. Simons Sound, as they take goods from our port across the world.

Spotting one of these magnificent carriers is a rite of passage for any island visitor. Phones come out to capture the moment as the ships temporarily block out the view of Jekyll Island, and for a brief moment, those watching are reminded that the Golden Isles is a hum of activity and trade.

Cars, buses, machinery, and dry goods all find their way into and out of our busy port set on the Brunswick River. Ships hail from multiple countries and act like a small cities afloat with seafaring crews of many nationalities working aboard for months at a time.

Load up on these facts about Brunswick’s connection to global shipping before the next time you hear the long honk of a passing ship heading out to sea.

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The Eukor vessel Morning Cara passes St. Simons Island in the Brunswick River channel. Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick is served by nine ocean carriers and four on-terminal auto processors, handling cargo for more than 30 auto and heavy equipment manufacturers. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)


Single largest auto port in the country, and the auto industry owns or leases more than 600 acres at the Brunswick facility.

More than 30 automobile and heavy equipment manufacturers send their goods through Brunswick, including Honda, BMW, and GM.

2.6 million tons of cargo crossed Brunswick’s docks during the 2017 fiscal year.

439,220 jobs — including both full- and part-time positions — operate Georgia’s ports.

More than 16,000 seafarers work aboard the ships that pass through the port each year.

1982 When the International Seafarers Center, a Christian nonprofit that offers assistance for seafarers, opened in Brunswick.

800,000 vehicles can be held annually at the port.

2 railroads carry goods into and out of the port.

56,670 tons of salt shipped through the East River terminal in 2017, making dry goods an important part of the area’s trade.