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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brunswick News

Executive Leadership Changes at Brunswick

Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler has assumed temporary day-to-day leadership at Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) following the departure of BCGP General Manager Jennifer Butera and Director of Sales Jeremy Davis.   The company said it is currently evaluating potential candidates for both positions, and plans announce the successors in the coming weeks.

30% RoRo Growth in Brunswick, Ga.

At the Georgia Ports Authority Board meeting, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported strong growth for February. The GPA achieved an increase of 6.9%–or 147,650 tons–in total cargo compared to the same month last year, moving 2.27 million tons of freight in February. Foltz also detailed growth in auto/machinery units moved through Colonel’s Island Terminal at the Port of Brunswick. With a 30.4% improvement over February last year, Brunswick added 11,799 vehicles to reach 50,622 units. For the fiscal year, the GPA has moved 415,730 units, up 21% over FY2012.

The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick achieved a 26 percent increase in total tonnage in January, compared to the same month last year. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports Set Tonnage, Container Records

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved outstanding January results, with double-digit growth across all business sectors and a 26 percent increase in total tonnage. "The Port of Savannah is unrivaled in its connectivity into the heartland of the U.S. and the service excellence that port customers enjoy," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. Lynch credited those supply chain efficiencies for the record 3 million tons of cargo GPA moved in January, up 623,504 tons compared to the same month a year ago.

Jeff Hubert (Photo: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products)

Brunswick Promotes Hubert to Sales Director

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has promoted Jeff Hubert to director of sales, responsible for product development initiatives and worldwide business development. Hubert joined BCGP in 2016, and has been serving as the company's regional sales manager for the Eastern U.S. Recently retired as Lt. Colonel of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Hubert is a graduate of the FBI National Academy with over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Originally from New York, Hubert began his public service career as a lifeguard in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Photo: GPA

Georgia Ports Authority Reports Record Growth

The Georgia Ports Authority experienced strong growth in containerized, auto and breakbulk trade in March. The Port of Savannah moved 311,770 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, an increase of 5.6 percent or 16,621 TEUs. Total tonnage across all terminals increased 9.8 percent (258,627 tons), moving 2.89 million tons for the busiest March ever in the Authority's history. "Strong demand from retail and manufacturing customers -- both in the U.S. and abroad -- is driving growth in Savannah and Brunswick," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Team BCGP celebrates their safety milestone with an employee gathering last Friday, April 14th.  (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Celebrates 10-year Safety Milestone

April 14 marked 10-years without a lost time incident for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP). BCGP's employees have worked 1,817,000 hours without a lost time incident and maintained a recordable incident rate of zero in 2016. "This monumental milestone illustrates our dedication to safety and manufacturing excellence, said John Ratto, BCGP Director of Manufacturing and Plant Operations. BCGP was also recently presented the Sustained Safety Performance Award from its parent company - the Brunswick Corporation.

USNS Brunswick

Austal Launches USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS Brunswick is the sixth JHSV Austal has launched as part of a $1.6 billion 10-ship block buy contract. The JHSV provides the U.S. Department of Defense a multi-use platform, capable of supporting rapid intra-theater deployment of personnel, equipment and supplies.

Photo: Boston Whaler

Brunswick CEO Presents Safety Award to Boston Whaler

Boston Whaler’s Edgewater facility was awarded the Chairman’s Safety Award conducted by parent company Brunswick Corporation. During a ceremony held on June 4, Brunswick Chairman & CEO Dustin McCoy presented Whaler’s safety committee with the award, and Boston Whaler announced that it would donate the prize money received in conjunction with the award to local charity Cudas Unhooked. In his opening remarks, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower addressed the crowd of assembled employees, who were joined by Brunswick executives and members of the press.

Juarez Plant

Mercury Marine Receives Brunswick Safety Award

Mercury Marine's Juarez, Mexico, plant recently received the Brunswick Corporation Chairman's Safety Award for excellence in safety and employee engagement. The presentation held on Friday June 4 in Juarez, featured Brunswick Corporation CEO Dustin McCoy, Brunswick Corporation COO Mark Schwabero, Mercury Marine V.P. of Global Operations Chris Drees and other executives at the company. In conjunction with this award, Brunswick will donate $10,000 on behalf of Juarez employees to a charitable organization of their choice. The workers chose to make the donation to Centro Humano de Liderazgo, A.C.

Brunswick Promotes Foulkes to Chief Technology Officer

Brunswick Corporation today announced that effective immediately, David M. Foulkes, has been promoted to the new position of chief technology officer, reporting in this additional capacity to Brunswick President and Chief Operating Officer Mark D. Schwabero. Foulkes also will retain his current responsibilities as vice president - product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment. In that capacity, Foulkes will continue to report to John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine.

Jeff Hubert (Photo: BCGP)

Hubert Joins the Brunswick Sales Team

Jeff Hubert has joined the Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) sales team as Regional Manager - Eastern U.S. Hubert comes to BCGP as the recently retired Lt. Colonel of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has over 30 years of Law Enforcement and experience. Originally from New York, Hubert began his public service career as a Lifeguard in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1979. Since then he has served in various leadership roles in FWC and was the recipient of several awards…

Vessel operations at the Port of Brunswick resumed at 8 a.m. Thursday in the wake of Hurricane Irma. By Friday, crews were busy serving three Ro/Ro vessels - the Dover Highway, Onyx Ace and WWL Tiger. (Georgia Ports Authority)

August Trade Heats Up in Brunswick, Savannah

Auto and container volumes at the U.S. Southeast's busiest ports in Brunswick and Savannah experienced impressive growth in the month of August. Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick moved 53,675 units of roll-on/roll off cargo, an increase of 7,109 or 15.3 percent more than August last year. In its busiest August on record and the Authority's second busiest month ever for container trade, Savannah handled 348,297 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 5.3 percent or 17,591 TEUs compared to the same month a year ago.

The Port of Brunswick handled 607,227 units of roll-on/roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo in Fiscal Year 2017. Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

Brunswick Ro/Ro Capacity Up by 50%

Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Griff Lynch said the GPA increased auto processing capacity at Colonel’s Island Terminal by 50 percent over the past 12 months, all of which has been absorbed by processors and manufacturers. The Port of Brunswick now has an annual capacity of 800,000 vehicles. “Since last year, we’ve been implementing an aggressive growth plan, enabling GPA and our auto processing partners to win new customers and capture greater market share,” Lynch said.

Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton

Georgia to Shut Port Operations ahead of Storm

As a result of the severe weather, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said it will close its facilities in both Savannah and Brunswick Friday, September 2 ahead of Tropical Storm Hermine. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 56 counties, including Glynn and Chatham counties, where Georgia's deepwater ports are located. The U.S. Coast Guard will restrict vessel arrival and departure starting at 10 p.m. tonight. “Out of an abundance of caution, and for the safety of our employees…

Photo: Port Saint John

Port Saint John Cargo Volume up 15%

Year-over-year total cargo tonnage at Port Saint John, Eastern Canada’s largest port by volume, increased by over 4 million metric tonnes in 2017. Overall cargo tonnage handled for the year 2017 was 30,458,422 metric tonnes, a 15% increase over 2016. All cargo sectors, aside from the anticipated exception of containers, experienced significant gains in 2017. Additionally, the loss experienced in containerized cargo was lessened due the introduction of a new weekly container service by CMA CGM in 2017.

Containership MSC Kleven sails up river to the Port of Savannah after the Savannah River reopened following Hurricane Matthew in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday, Oct.12, 2016. Nine vessels worked at the Garden City Terminal on Wednesday. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia's Ports Back in Action

After being closed last week due to Hurricane Matthew, the Savannah River channel has reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reported. By the end of the day, the Garden City Terminal was working nine vessels, moving nearly 800 containers per hour, with an anticipated 7,800 container moves for the day.

Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat: Photo credit Brunswick Commercial & Government Products

Brunswick Deliver Law Enforcement Boston Whaler

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) deliver a Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat to the Ottawa County (MI) Sheriff's office. The Sheriff's office is tasked with law patrol, law enforcement, and fire suppression activities for the local river, which includes three harbors and a power plant, and to fulfill these tasks, the Sheriff's Office chose a commercially built Boston Whaler walkaround cabin model. The boat is powered by twin Yamaha engines, and includes the newest fire pump offering from BCGP, a 130 hp Mercruiser that mounts inside the cabin, leaving the deck clear.

Photo courtesy Photo by Russ Bryant

Mercedes-Benz South Atlantic Hub Opens

The Port of Brunswick’s newest vehicle processing center for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) opened its doors today with the arrival of more than 1,600 Mercedes-Benz autos. This shipment marks the first delivery of import Mercedes-Benz autos to Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal. “The opening of our new Vehicle Processing Center in Brunswick, Georgia is a milestone for our company that aims to increase efficiencies in our distribution process which will ultimately benefit our customers and dealers,” said Mercedes-Benz USA’s Vice President, Sales Operations Michael Slagter.

Brunswick Consolidates Boat Production

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced that it will consolidate a portion of its aluminum boat production within its current manufacturing footprint as part of its ongoing efforts to be more agile and responsive to marine market demand. "For the past several years, we have worked hard to institute more flexibility into our boat-making capabilities," explained Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy. "We have been steadily moving toward category-type production that focuses more on models and segments…

Photo courtesy Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

Brunswick Introduces Largest Justice Model

Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) introduced the 37-ft Justice ─ the largest Boston Whaler model ever built, according to the company. The 370 Justice features a center console design for unobstructed 360 degree access to all areas of the boat. Its deep-V hull is designed to yield a smooth ride, despite rough seas. Reverse chines serve to deflect spray for drier rides while also providing quicker recovery between waves and additional lateral stability. Like all BCGP Boston Whaler models…

Officials from Konecranes and the Georgia Ports Authority commemorated the 1,000th rubber-tired gantry crane produced by the company, and completion of the latest phase of GPA's electric RTG infrastructure. The eRTGs use 95 percent less diesel than standard RTGs, saving on fuel costs and emissions.  (Photo: GPA)

GPA Completes Latest Fuel-saving eRTG Phase

At an event commemorating the 1,000th rubber-tired gantry crane produced by Konecranes, the Georgia Ports Authority announced the completion of the latest phase of its electric RTG infrastructure. "We're excited to expand on our eRTG program, the first of its kind at a North American port," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. Electric RTGs use up to 95 percent less diesel fuel than conventional RTGs. GPA is in the process of electrifying its entire fleet, which will number 170 RTGs by 2026.

Georgia Ports Authority achieved its busiest October ever for loaded containers, moving 251,566 loaded twenty-foot equivalent container units. (Photo Georgia Ports Authority  Stephen B. Morton)

Record October for Savannah Port

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported to the GPA board Monday fiscal year to date growth of 4 percent for loaded container traffic, moving 1.01 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 40,545 TEUs compared to the same period in 2015. In October, the GPA handled 251,566 loaded TEUs, an increase of 5,876 TEUs, or 2.4 percent, to set an all-time GPA record for the month. "I would like to thank our customers for their continued confidence…

Brunswick Reports Q1 Results

--  Total net sales of $844.4 million, up 15 percent versus 2009. --  A net loss of $13.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, which includes $0.08 per diluted share of restructuring and impairment charges and $0.02 per diluted share of benefits from special tax items. --  Operating earnings of $10.1 million, a $137.6 million improvement from prior year. --  Cash totaled $552.4 million, up from 2009 year-end balance of $526.6 million. --  Low beginning-of-year marine dealer inventories led to increased production and wholesale shipments.

Rubber tired gantry cranes handle cargo at the Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the Port of Savannah. The Georgia Ports Authority's Mason Mega Rail project will double rail lift capacity to 1 million contai

Georgia Ports' Box Volume Jumps 14%

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved 14 percent growth in March container volumes, moving 355,208 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers. For the fiscal year to date (July-March), TEU container trade grew by 9 percent, or 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million, a new record for Savannah. "Savannah's continued strength is a reflection of our customers' commitment, Georgia's leadership, and the many dedicated service providers, GPA employees and ILA members who come together every day to achieve great things," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

8.5-meter aluminum RHIB

Brunswick Launches Aluminum RHIB Line

At the first day of the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, La., Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) introduced an 8.5-meter aluminum RHIB. A first of its kind for the Company, the 850 Aluminum Impact RHIB is the introductory model from a line-up that features five variants ranging in size from 7.5-meters to 12-meters. Designed for the commercial and government marketplace, BCGP will market the new line-up to domestic law enforcement agencies as well as militaries worldwide.

Hyundai Genesis  (Photo by International Auto Processing)

International Auto Processing Handles 5 Millionth Vehicle

A silver Hyundai Genesis rolling down the ramp of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessel Isolde became the 5 millionth vehicle handled by International Auto Processing at the Port of Brunswick. “On behalf of the GPA, I would like to congratulate IAP, a long-time partner at the Port of Brunswick,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. International Auto Processing began its Colonel’s Island operation in 1986, with its first shipment of 567 Yugos (all in red). “Over the years…