Mon., January 23, 2012 3:26pm (EST)

Ports Set 2011 Volume Record
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga,  —  
The Port of Savannah is the nation's fourth-busiest container port.  It continues to set records in spite of the national economy.  (photo Georgia Ports Authority).
The Port of Savannah is the nation's fourth-busiest container port. It continues to set records in spite of the national economy. (photo Georgia Ports Authority).
State officials say the ports of Savannah and Brunswick experienced record volumes during 2011.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz says, the ports handled 26.1 million tons of cargo, a 4.3% increase over the previous year.

In Savannah, the Authority handled a record 2.95 million containers, a 3.5% increase over 2010.

In Brunswick, the Authority handled a record 495,000 auto and machinery units, up 23 percent from the previous calendar year.

Foltz says, the ports of Savannah and Brunswick achieved record volumes in 2011 despite the nation's economic challenges.