Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee - March 15, 2018 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
March 15, 2018 - 11:30am
1 Shannon Alford Port of San Francisco
2 David Beaupre Port of San Francisco
3 Shawn Bennett Baydelta
4 Joe Burgard Red & White Fleet
5 Brandon Chapman Port of San Francisco
6 Peter Dailey Port of San Francisco
7 David Gavrich SF Bay Railroad
8 Patrick Golilier SFMTA
9 Casey Hildreth SFMTA
10 Ellen Johnck Ellen Joslin Johnck, RPA
11 Kristen Leckie San Francisco Bike Coalition
12 Denise Lum Port of San Francisco
13 Dominic Moreno Port of San Francisco
14 Michael Nerney Port of San Francisco
15 Brendan O'Meara Port of San Francisco
16 Ray Paetzold SF Bar Pilots
17 Gerry Roybal Port of San Francisco
18 Jeffrey Slusarz US Coast Guard
19 David Thomas San Francisco Water Taxi
20 Scott Thomas San Francisco Water Taxi
21 Anita Yao Port of San Francisco
22 Ming Yeung Port of San Francisco
  1. Welcome
  • Self-introductions by all present.
  1. Maritime Update (Peter Dailey and Maritime Staff)
  • Shipyard:
  • The shipyard is currently being maintained by a caretaker staff of five employees.
  • In August 2017, the Port issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new shipyard operator but that did not materialize.
  • This past Tuesday, March 13, the Port Commission authorized Port staff to issue RFP II, which includes a smaller footprint of the current location for a new prospective operator. This eliminates some of the historic buildings which would cost millions of dollars to renovate and maintain.
  • The Port will also commit to maintenance dredging, a capital investment of $1 million annually.
  • Lastly, RFP II will allow for "asset transfer," meaning the Port will allow the selling of Drydock #2 to the operator as long as it is maintained and kept in the yard.  As for the smaller drydock, it can be sold or moved, as long as it does not compete with the Port for ship repair business.
  • RFP II is expected to be issued by the end of March 2018, and all going well a new shipyard operator will be in place by January 2019.


  • Cruise:
  • Last week (March 5-9), Peter Dailey and Michael Nerney attended the annual Seatrade Cruise Convention in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Every cruise port in the world had a presence there, and every cruise line was there. The cruise business continues to be very strong world-wide. The industry is growing as fast as they can build ships. Some new ships are being built with liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion.
  • This year the Port of San Francisco expects 77 cruise calls and 270,000 passengers. Next year there are bookings for 89 ship calls and close to 300K passengers.
  • Ships currently calling San Francisco, like Grand Princess, carry 2,600 passengers. New ships coming in later this year and next year accommodate over 4,000 passengers. Many are over 1,100 feet in length and up to 170,000 Gross Tons.
  • The berth at Pier 27 is 1,200 feet long. The largest ship ever to berth at Pier 27 was Queen Mary 2 in February 2007. The ship is 1,132 feet and 150,000 GT.
  • The Port has received inquiries from cruise line Port Captains who want to verify that the mooring arrangements at Pier 27 and Pier 35 are suitable for the new larger ships. To address this issue, the Port hired an engineering consultant to analyze bollard strength and fender capacity to ensure we can adequately handle the bigger ships.


  • Cargo:                 
  • The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is looking to amend their 2008 At-Berth Regulation to increase emissions reductions by regulating additional vessel types and increasing CARB's ability to hold terminals and ports accountable.
  • The cruise industry is already under mandate to have shore side power, and this will be extended to ro/ro (auto carriers), bulk operators, and barges. CARB anticipates finalizing the amendment in late 2018.
  • There have been 44 auto ships since the opening of Pier 80 (Pasha) a year and half ago.
  • Pier 80 is expected to double the volume of ships and cars this fiscal year (18-19) compared to last year (17-18), the first full year of Pier 80 auto service.
  • Dry bulk has maintained consistent volumes as it keeps up with the economy and all the development in the Bay Area.
  • On the rail side, we have seen a huge growth in 2017. San Francisco Bay Rail has reported the highest revenue since they have been with the Port.
  • The railyard will be receiving a new Tier 4 Green Locomotive around August 2018.  The Port partnered with the Air District, which is funding 70% of the cost of the locomotive.


  • Other:
  • Dominic Moreno joined the maritime division in March 2018 as the new Marine Operations Specialist.  He has a strong background in maritime operations, most recently as the harbormaster for the Port of Suisun City, and previously as assistant harbormaster for the Berkeley marina.  Dominic served 10 years in the US Coast Guard and holds a Merchant Mariner Credential license.


  1. Baydelta Maritime Update (Shawn Bennett, Baydelta)


  1. Embarcadero Enhancement Project (Patrick Golier, SFMTA)
  • The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), Port of San Francisco, San Francisco Planning Department, and San Francisco Public Works are collaborating on a planning project that will increase safety and comfort of travel along The Embarcadero.
  • The presentation is available here


  1. Seawall Project Update (Lindy Lowe)
  • The Embarcadero Seawall was built more than 100 years ago and is now in need of significant improvements to withstand the next major earthquake and to protect San Francisco in flooding from sea level rise.
  • A general obligation bond will be on the November ballot to support the financing of infrastructure improvements of the seawall.
  • The presentation is available here
  1. Waterfront Plan Working Group Update
  • The Waterfront Plan is now in Phase 3 of the update process.
  • All updates/meeting agendas/minutes/presentation/supporting documents on the Plan can be found on the Port website:


  1. Old and New Business; General Discussion; Agenda Topics for Future Meetings (All)
  • Ellen Johnck suggested that MCAC members with comments or suggestions on the Embarcadero Enhancement Project submit them to Patrick Golier at SFMTA.


  1. Forward Calendar
  • The next MCAC meeting is Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm at Pier 1, Embarcadero Room.