Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee - May 18, 2017 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
May 18, 2017 - 11:30am
1 Carol Bach Port of San Francisco
2 David Beaupre Port of San Francisco
3 Rebecca Benassini Port of San Francisco
4 Shawn Bennett Baydelta
5 Brad Benson Port of San Francisco
6 Joe Bugard Red & White Fleet
7 Brandon Chapman Port of San Francisco
8 Chris Christiansen ILWU Local 10
9 Peter Dailey Port of San Francisco
10 Lauren Dickson Metro Ports
11 Aaron Golbus Port of San Francisco
12 Jeff Green SF Bay Railroad
13 Catharine Hooper Maritime Consultant
14 Ellen Johnck Ellen Joslin Johnck, RPA
15 Denise Lum Port of San Francisco
16 Ryan Masao Martin SF Bay Railroad
17 Derrick Muhammad ILWU Local 10
18 Michael Nerney Port of San Francisco
19 Ray Paetzold SF Bar Pilots
20 Joe Reilly Port of San Francisco
21 Veronica Sanchez Master, Mates, & Pilots
22 Marina Secchitano Inland Boatman's Union
23 David Thomas SF Water Taxi
24 Anita Yao Port of San Francisco


  1. Welcome
  • Self-introductions by all present.


  1. Maritime Update (Peter Dailey and staff)
  • The Port celebrated National Maritime Day, co-hosting a reception with the Marine Exchange at McCormick and Kuleto's on May 11, 2017.
  • The Blue Collar Green Water photography exhibition is a collection of photographs taken by union blue-collar workers of Blue & Gold Fleet. The exhibition is on display at the Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, through May 31, 2017.
  • BAE Systems and Puglia Engineering have been in a legal battle since the transfer of the Pier 70 shipyard lease in January 2017. After the deal was consummated, the buyer (Puglia) accused the seller (BAE) of fraud with regard to the deterioration of the drydock and insufficient dredging. The shipyard is operating under a 90-day interim agreement which expires at the end of May 2017. If still unresolved by then, the Port will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a new operator in June 2017, with the goal of reactivating the shipyard by September 2017.  There are interested parties – shipyard companies and operators – that have made inquiries with the Port. In the meantime, the Port is the caretaker of the shipyard until a new operator is in place.
  • SF Examiner article, May 18, 2017: SF Port seeks new bidder to save Pier 70 shipyard as layoffs mount,
  • Since Pasha took over operations Pier 80 in August 2016, there have been 13 ship calls with two more on the near horizon. Approximately 17,000 cars have been handled to date, mainly export. The main exporter right now is Tesla. Terminal operator Pasha is close to signing an agreement with a U.S. company to import cars manufactured in Mexico and India. By the end of the fiscal year (6/30/2017), there will have been 15 ships at Pier 80, compared with only one ship last fiscal year.
  • In March 2017, Michael Nerney, Brandon Chapman, SF Travel staff, and ILWU representatives attended the annual Seatrade cruise conference in Fort Lauderdale. There are a dozen cruise lines doing the majority of business in the United States, most of which are based in South Florida. At this conference, Port staff is able to meet with senior cruise executives, port operations staff, and itinerary planners from these lines. There are a lot of informative seminars and networking opportunities.
  • The cruise ship Grand Princess is homeported in San Francisco year-round, with 33 calls this year. Starting May 8, this ship will be offering 10-day roundtrip cruises to Alaska, through September. May is traditionally a busy month, with 14 ship calls this year. Many of the ships sailing from Seattle or Vancouver during the summer pass through San Francisco on their way north. September and October are also busy months with the same ships migrating south. Grand Princess is on a set port schedule (7am-4pm), while the transit ships vary in departure times, with some staying overnight. Princess Cruises gives a report card twice a month to all its homeports worldwide, based on guest surveys. Thanks to the ILWU workers and Metro staff at Pier 27, San Francisco consistently tops the list.
  • Three new Deputy Directors have joined the Port within the past month: Katie Petrucione (Finance & Administration), Michael Martin (Real Estate & Development), and Rod Iwashita (Engineering). Bryon Rhett and Diane Oshima were promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of Planning & Environment, respectively.
  • Wharfinger Anita Yao, who manages Fisherman’s Wharf Harbor, is on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers (PCC). The PCC is an organization consisting of over 100 commercial and recreational marina professionals from all over the Pacific West Coast. The 43rd annual conference was held in San Francisco April 11-14, 2017, and was highly successful.
  • The Port of San Francisco and Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on May 11, 2017, for the Downtown Ferry Terminal Expansion project.  The $79 million project will add two new ferry gates by 2019.


  1. Freight Rail Update (Ellen Johnck)
  • Former Port staff Jim Maloney is working as Port consultant to advocate for retaining and improving freight rail opportunities along the Peninsula.
  • The U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has delayed funding for the Caltrain electrification project.
  • The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is not supportive of allowing a height variance for electrification.
  • The Peninsula Freight Rail User Group (PFRUG) meets regularly, but there is no new information to report. Port and MCAC representatives have met with City Hall officials to keep them aware of the importance of freight rail for San Francisco.
  • The San Francisco Planning Department launched a major study, "Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study Project," in 2014. This multi-agency program is studying the current transportation developments and infrastructure in the City, developing visual and conceptual designs, and establishing promising alternatives for the area including and around the existing 4th & King Caltrain Railyard.
  • San Francisco Planning Department to Launch the Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study Project:
  • Ellen recommended that a Port representative try to join the Caltrain Board of Directors.


  1. Waterfront Plan Working Group Update (Rebecca Benassini)
  • The Waterfront Plan is now on Part 2, Policy Discussions Subcommittees on Land Use, Transportation, and Resilience.
  • This presentation focuses on the rehabilitation and preservation of the Embarcadero historic district, from Pier 48 to Fisherman's Wharf: Historic Pier Rehabilitation Presentation (
  • All meeting agendas, minutes, presentations, and supporting documents on the Waterfront Plan can be found on the Port website:


  1. Pier 96 Recology Debris Facility Proposal (Brad Benson)
  • Recology San Francisco is seeking to construct and operate a new integrated material recovery facility at Pier 96 to meet the City's zero-waste program.
  • Pier 96 Recology Debris Facility presentation (


  1. Old and New Business; General Discussion; Agenda Topics for Future Meetings (All)
  • It was requested that Susan Gygi from the San Francisco Planning Department attend a future MCAC meeting to present on Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study.


  1. Forward Calendar
  • Next MCAC meeting:

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm, Pier 1, Bayside 1 & 2 Conference Rooms