Colonel’s Island Terminal

Number 1 for New Auto Imports

Colonel’s Island Terminal ranks not only among the nation’s largest auto facilities, but it’s also one of the country’s most environmentally conscious. As a dedicated Ro/Ro facility, the terminal is the second busiest port in the U.S. for total Ro/Ro cargo and second busiest for Ro/Ro imports. Owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, the facility has three berths, fourth berth permit acquired from the United States Corps of Engineers, and three on-terminal auto processors.

Superior service and unmatched connectivity are driving growth at Georgia’s deepwater ports. Georgia Ports Authority’s 24-hour, 7-day-a-week operation ensures the free flow of cargo to markets across the Southeastern U.S. and beyond. In Calendar Year 2023, GPA moved 38 million tons of cargo, including 4.9 million twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized goods, more than 777,000 units of autos and machinery, and nearly 1.7 million tons of bulk cargo.


The Georgia Ports Authority Police Department (GPAPD) is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for providing public safety and security on all properties owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). The department is composed of certified peace officers, security personnel and civilian administrative staff members who work seamlessly to deliver high levels of professional services.

Protective Services



Terminal Owner Georgia Ports Authority
Distance From Sea Buoy 15 nm
Channel Width 400 ft / 121.9 m
Channel Project Depth 36 ft / 11 m at MLW
Tidal Range 7.6 ft / 2.3 m
Turning Basin South Brunswick River 900 ft to 1,400 ft (274.3 m to 426.7 m) x 3,300 ft (1,005.1 m)
Bridge Vertical Clearance 185 ft / 56.4 m at MHW (high-level, fixed-span design)
Bridge Horizontal Clearance Unrestricted
Total Berth Length 3,355 ft / 1,022.6 m
Terminal Acreage 1,700-Plus acres / 688-Plus hectares
Paved Open Storage 637 acres / 257.8 hectares
Open storage, paved, leased or sold to auto processors of OEM

Port Services

Colonel’s Island Auto Terminal presently has 637 acres (257.8 hectares) that are leased or sold to auto processors or OEM’s. There are approximately 472 available acres (191 hectares) that have been permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for development of Ro/Ro business.
Interstate Access: Colonel’s Island Terminal is within 2.5 miles (4 km) of Interstate 95 (North/South) via U.S. Highway 17 and is one hour from both Interstate 16 (East/West) and Interstate 10 (East/West). The Highway 17 overpass allows for the seamless transport of autos between the North and South sides of the terminal.
Rail Access: The Golden Isles Terminal Railroad interchanges with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Golden Isles Terminal Railroad operates with power to spare to interchange with the two Class I rail providers. When requesting rates to Colonel’s Island Terminal, please specify rates for Myd Harris (Norfolk Southern) or Anguilla Junction (CSX). The Colonel’s Island Terminal provides the flexibility to handle daily railcar requirements, plus the capacity to handle weekend accumulation on Mondays with ease.

Port Security

Through a federal mandate, all port users of Colonel’s Island North must carry a Transportation Worker Identification Credential ( TWIC) in addition to a GPA credential. The terminal has a monitored fencing system outlining the perimeter of the facility. A specialized unit of port police officers conduct surveillance of the facility and check all port users and visitors for said credentials, both inbound and outbound traffic 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Auto & Ro/Ro Port

Autoport Facility (inclusive of 742 acres permitted for future development) 1,212 acres / 490 hectares
Cargo Handled Automotive, RoRo (Agricultural and Construction Equipment), Project Cargo
Rail Railcar Unit Train Capability


Wharf Length 550 linear ft / 168 m 750 linear ft / 229 m 550 linear ft / 168 m
Berth Length (Total 3,355 ft / 1023m) 1,215 linear ft / 370 m 925 linear ft / 282 m 1,215 linear ft / 370 m
Depth Alongside 36 ft at MLW / 11 m 40 ft at MLW / 12 m 36 ft at MLW / 11 m
Dock Height 14.5 ft at MLW / 4.4 m 14.5 ft at MLW / 4.4 m 14.5 ft at MLW / 4.4 m
Apron Width 150 linear ft / 46 m 35 linear ft / 11 m 150 linear ft / 46 m
Lighted Docks & Roads 24 Hours Per Day

Auto Processors

International Auto Processing, Inc. (IAP) Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions BMW

Ocean Carriers

American RoRo Carriers K-Line America, Inc. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean
Eukor Liberty Global Logistics
Glovis MOL ACE
Hoegh Autoliners NYK Line RoRo

Other Colonel's Island Business Operators

Allied Universal Georgia Atlantic Terminal Services Renessenz, LLC
AVP Marine Terminal International Auto Processing, Inc.
BMW of North America, LLC Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Automobile Trucking Lines

ACE Auto Trans, Inc. Hansen & Adkins* Pilot Auto Transport
Auto Carriers Express, Inc. Horseless Carriage Plycar Auto Carriers
Auto Transport Masters (ATM) Intercity Lines Precision Motor Transport Group (PMTG)
Centurion Auto Transport* Jack Cooper Transport Co., Inc Proficient Auto Transport, Inc.*
Continental Transport, Inc. Jack Key Auto Transport Reliable Auto Transport
Crown Auto Transport LMR Trucking, Inc.* Richie Auto Transport
Crown Auto Transport & Logistics Company Longhorn Auto Transport Select 1
Delta Auto Transport Masney Auto Transport, Inc. United Road*
Exclusive Global Logistics P.A.T. Auto Transport, Inc.
H & S Car Carriers, Inc. Pasha Trucking, LLC
*Automobile trucking lines with offices on Colonel’s Island

Automobile Manufacturers with Offices on CI

BMW North America, LLC Land Rover North America Volvo Cars of North America, Inc.
Glovis America, Inc. (Hyundai/KIA) Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Jaguar Subaru of America, Inc.