BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The chief executive of Georgia's seaports says a terminal expansion has put the Port of Brunswick on track to becoming the nation's busiest for shipping automobiles.

Griff Lynch is executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, which operates the ports in Savannah and Brunswick. Lynch says the Port of Brunswick expanded capacity for parking autos at its Colonel's Island terminal by 50 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The terminal grew from 60,000 parking spaces to 90,000.

Lynch said during a speech in Brunswick on Thursday that the expansion gives Brunswick room to handle 800,000 cars per year, and port customers have already increased operations to take advantage of the new space.

Lynch says the growth positions Brunswick to become "the nation's the No. 1 auto port."