Maritime Preservation Policy


The Port of San Francisco, California’s oldest public port, continues to have one of the most varied maritime business portfolios in the nation. Its 7½-mile waterfront is home to:

 cargo shipping
excursion boats 
 water taxis
tugs, barges, & harbor services;
commercial fishing
recreational boating & marinas
ship repair 
railroad service
 ready-reserve ships
and labor union hiring halls, to name just a few.

In 2011, the Port Commission approved a Maritime Industry Preservation Policy, that created a framework for prioritizing maritime activities and assets, including objectives and strategies to foster and protect the Port’s valuable but limited deep-water berths, waterborne connections, and maritime facilities. This policy acknow-ledged the ongoing evolution of the Port in response to industry changes and City needs.

In the years since the policy was adopted, the Port’s maritime inventory has changed significantly, including improvements related to the 2013 America’s Cup Regatta, construction of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, and initiation of water taxi service at Hyde Street Harbor; Pier 15/the Exploratorium; Pier 1½;  and South Beach Harbor. In addition, the Port has assumed management of the South Beach Harbor Recreational Boating Facility and Marina. 

Northern Waterfront Maritime Facilities Map
Central Waterfront Maritime Facilities Map
Southern Waterfront Maritime Facilities Map

This policy amendment does not alter the main tenets of the initial policy. Rather, it updates the inventory of Port piers, wharfs, and terminals to reflect the noteworthy changes that have taken place in the since 2011. To download the full text of the Port of San Francisco's current Maritime Preservation Policy:
click here.