Established in 1945 by an act of the Georgia state legislature, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) helps foster international trade and new industry for state and local communities. GPA develops, maintains and operates ocean and inland river ports within Georgia. They also promote Georgia's agricultural, industrial and natural resources, and they maintain the natural quality of the environment.
The GPA operates deepwater terminals at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminals at the ports of Bainbridge and Columbus.
The GPA serves as the owner and operator of the Garden City Terminal and Ocean Terminal in the Port of Savannah. In the Port of Brunswick, the GPA owns and operates Mayor's Point Terminal.
As the owner of the Colonel's Island Terminal, the Authority operates the terminal's agri-bulk facility and leases space for RoRo storage and processing. East River Terminal and Lanier Docks, located in Brunswick, are owned by the Authority and leased to private terminal operators. Port Bainbridge is owned and operated by the GPA, while Port Columbus is owned by the Authority and leased to a private terminal operator.