Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee - November 15, 2018 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
November 15, 2018 - 11:30am
Location: 
 

Attendees:

   

1

Shannon

Alford

Port of San Francisco

3

Rebecca

Benassini

Port of San Francisco

4

Christopher

Christensen

ILWU Local 10

5

Peter

Dailey

Port of San Francisco

6

Tom

Escher

Red & White Fleet

7

Aaron

Golbus

Port of San Francisco

8

Ellen

Johnck

Ellen Joslin Johnck, RPA

9

Cathryn

Lucido

Metro Cruise Services

10

Denise

Lum

Port of San Francisco

11

Ryan

Martin

SF Bay Rail

12

Chad

Mason

WETA

13

Dominic

Moreno

Port of San Francisco

14

Pat

Murphy

Blue & Gold Fleet

15

Michael

Nerney

Port of San Francisco

16

Brendan

O'Meara

Port of San Francisco

17

Jeff

Slusarz

USCG

18

David

Thomas

San Francisco Water Taxi

 

 

  1. Welcome
  • Self-introductions by all present.

 

  1. Maritime Update (Maritime Staff)
  • Prop A passed with 82% approval.  With continuing sea level rise and the potential of a major earthquake, the $425 million dollar bond is aimed to repair the aging seawall lot that runs from the AT&T Ballpark to Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Willie Adam, Vice President of the Port Commission, has been elected ILWU International President in 2018.
  • The shipyard has been closed since May 2017.  The Port issued an RFP to seek a new operator in August 2017, but only one response was received.  In March 2018, RFP II was issued with revisions, including a smaller foot print of the shipyard.  The Port received submittals from Vigor Industrial and SUSTAP, LLC.  Port staff determined that none of the responses would provide or establish a feasible and sustainable ship repair enterprise with an operator as describes in the RFP.  Both submissions were rejected.
  • Red & White Fleet recently welcomed the Enhydra, the newest addition to their fleet.  The Enhydra is the largest U.S. flagged hybrid electric vessel that carries up to 600 passengers.  Currently, there is not an infrastructure onshore to charge the vessel.
  • Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, sister company of Red & White Fleet, received a grant from the California Air Resources Board for 3 million to build the first hydrogen fuel cell ferry.  Water-Go-Round will be built by Bay Ship & Yacht located in Alameda, and is expected to launch in September 2019.
  • Cargo continues to remain strong. We had 6 ships in October.

 

  1. WETA Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility (Chad Mason, WETA)
  • The Ron Cowan Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility is the new home of the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet located in Alameda Point.  It serves to provide a consolidated base to maintain vessels operating on its Alameda/Oakland, Alameda Harbor Bay, Richmond and South San Francisco ferry routes. The facility also includes an Operations Control Center in the event of a regional disaster or transportation disruption.  WETA also built a diesel facility which allows the use of renewable fuel in the fleet.
  • Ferry service between Richmond and San Francisco will begin January 2019.
  • Two gangways and one float have arrived for the Downtown San Francisco Ferry Terminal Expansion Project.  Gate G and Gate F are scheduled to be operational in December 2019.

 

  1. Waterfront Plan Working Group (Rebecca Benasinni)
  • The Waterfront Plan Working Group produced recommendations on how the Port should update policies on land use, open space, maritime, transportation, environmental and waterfront resilience.  The recommendations were presented to the Port Commission and approved in August 2018.
  • Rehabilitation, repair and reuse of Embarcadero Historic District properties continue to be a public priority.
  • One key recommendation was to adopt a public trust matrix for the Embarcadero historic piers.
  • Request for Interest was issued August 2018 to seek partners with ideas and the capability to create inviting, public-serving destinations for waterfront facilities in the Embarcadero Historic District.

 

  1. Other: Old and New Business; General Discussion; Agenda Topics for Future Meetings (All)
  • Christopher Christensen will no longer represent ILWU Local 10.  Chris will be sworn in tonight and will be a representative for ILWU Local 34, the Marine Corps Division.
  • Tom Escher attended the 100th anniversary of the Inland Boatmen's Union in Seattle and donated a plaque gift.
  • Ocean Clean Up launched its apparatus back in September 2018.  For more information, visit the Ocean Clean Up website: www.theoceancleanup.com
  • After 32 years with the Port, Peter Dailey will be retiring in January 2019.

 

  1. Forward Calendar
  • Next MCAC meeting – Thursday, January 19, 2019, 11:30-1:00 – Pier 1

Bayside 1 & 2 Conference Rooms