Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee - July 21, 2016 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
July 21, 2016 - 11:30am
Pier 1
San Francisdco, CA 94111
Shannon Alford Port of San Francisco
Anne Altman National Park Service
Edgar Alvarado Port of San Francisco
Rebecca Benassini Port of San Francisco
Jessica Carter National Park Service
Brandon Chapman Port of San Francisco
Chris Christensen Longshoremen Memorial Association
Anne Cook Port of San Francisco
Peter Dailey Port of San Francisco
John Davey Port of San Francisco
Lauren Dickson Metro Ports
Michael Gerbracht BAE Systems
Bobby Guillory ILWU 10
Catharine Hooper SFFW Consultant
Ellen Johnck Ellen Johnck Consulting
Denise Lum Port of San Francisco
Blake Miller Westar Marine Services
Mike Nerney Port of San Francisco
Ray Paetzold SF Bar Pilots
Fred Pecker ILWU 6
Steven Reel Port of San Francisco
Joe Reilly Port of San Francisco
Gerry Roybal Port of San Francisco
Marina Secchitano Inlandboatmen's Union
Jeffrey Slusarz USCG
Joseph Slusarz CSOMA
Brad Statley Lehigh-Hanson
Dave Thomas San Francisco Water Taxi

1.   Welcome

  • Self-introductions by all present.

2.   Maritime Update (Michael Nerney)

  • Pasha Automotive Services moved into Pier 80 on July 1, 2016. M/V Jean Anne, the first ship Pasha carrying automobiles from Hawaii to Pier 80, will be here on Monday, August 22, 2016.  The Port will have a ceremony that morning at 11:00am. All MCAC members are invited.
  • Yesterday, July 20, Michael Nerney and Brandon Chapman escorted Port Commission President Willie Adams on a tour of the Pier 27 cruise terminal to observe the stevedoring and terminal operations, as well as the cruise ship Grand Princess, which is based in San Francisco year-round, with arrivals every 10 days. President Adams met with Metro management team, ILWU workers, and Captain Fabrizio Maresca, the ship’s master.
  • Michael Nerney will be traveling to Los Angeles next week for meetings with Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, and other California cruise ports.
  • After two 180-day extensions, the Port Commission approved a five-year Foreign Trade Zone subzone agreement with Chevron, located in Richmond, California.
  • Catharine Hooper gave an update on SF Fleet Week, which takes place October 3-10, 2016. Festivities include a parade of ships, ship tours, and airshows by the Navy’s Blue Angels flight squadron. The mission of Fleet Week is to honor the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian and military Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) personnel in case of an emergency. For more information, see the SF Fleet Week website: (
  • Steven Reel reported on the Quint Street Lead project. The Port received four bids to rehabilitate Quint Street Lead, the connector track from the main line to the Port. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Rail Administration awarded the Port $2,970,000 grant to rebuild QSL. The bid was awarded to Stacy & Witbeck, coming in at $3.2 million for the project. The Notice to Award is scheduled for August 9 Port Commission meeting. Construction will begin in August 2016 with completion of the project slated for March 2017. California Public Utilities Commission has ruled tunnel heights to remain at 22 feet, which is critical for the Port to move goods in and out.
  • John Davey and Shannon Alford reported on the Port’s dredging program. The dredging season runs from June to November.  This year, the Port got off to an early start with dredging already completed at Pier 35 West and halfway done for Pier 27.  Pier 35 East will be dredged by September 2016. Over 60,000 cubic yards has been dredged so far.  The Harbor Safety Committee regularly reviews dredging for the Bay.
  • Elaine Forbes and Peter Dailey escorted Mayor Lee on the SFPD police boat this morning, from Pier 1½ to Mission Bay, to view the proposed ferry terminal landing for the Warriors arena.
  • Peter Dailey met today at Pier 80 with Pasha and a representative from Ford Motor Company.  Ford is interested in importing approximately 13,000 cars per year into Pier 80.

3.   Maritime Leasing (Peter Dailey, Ellen Johnck)

  • MCAC will form a subcommittee to meet with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to address regulatory issues for all piers with berthing potential.

4.   Alcatraz Ferry Service Term Sheet (Rebecca Benassini)

  • National Park Service will put out a bid for a new Alcatraz Ferry Service Operator.
  • The Port Commission endorsed the term sheet at the July 12, 2016 meeting.
  • Concerns were raised as to whether jobs will be offered to local residents.
  • The PowerPoint presentation is available here:  (

5.   Report on Waterfront Plan Working Group (Anne Cook)

  • Part 1, "Orientation and Initial Discussions," of the Waterfront Plan Update consisted of a waterfront boat tour and 10 subject meetings over the course of 10 months, completed in July 2016. These monthly meetings have been well attended with wide representation.
  • The Waterfront Plan Working Group will brief the Port Commission at the August 9 meeting.
  • Part 2, "Portwide Policy Issues," initial meeting is on September 15, 2016.
  • All updates on the Waterfront Plan can be found on the Port's website:

6.   Old and New Business, General Discussion, Agenda topics for future meetings (All)

  • Ellen Johnck suggested inviting members of SF Planning Commission to future MCAC meeting to inform them about pressing Port maritime issues, and also another Sail-By at City Hall to meet with City Supervisors.
  • The application period for the Port Executive Director position closes at the end of July 2016.
  • US Coast Guard update: Admiral Todd Sokalzuk is the new District 11 commander, relieving Admiral Joseph Servidio, who served the past two years. Captain Gregory Stump, San Francisco Sector Commander since April 2013, which included the America’s Cup event, was reassigned to Washington, DC. His replacement is Captain Anthony Ceraolo.

7.   Forward Calendar

  • Next MCAC meeting: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 11:30am-1:00pm, Pier 1, Bayside 1 & 2.