Celebrated annually on April 5 Ports Day recognizes the port industry and their contributions to jobs and the economy
REDWOOD CITY, CALIF---The Port of Redwood City announced today the celebration of Ports Day, in collaboration with the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and their membership representing more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.

AAPA’s Ports Day is an annual day to recognize and promote the industry’s role in creating jobs and promoting economies in nations Ports serve across the Americas.

“Ports day is a wonderful way to demonstrate the significant role ports play in moving cargo, supporting trade and linking together the global economy,” said Mike Giari, executive director of the Port of Redwood City. “While the Port of Redwood City is actively involved in economic development here locally and globally, our cargo business success helps us support a number of other key priorities including recreational boating, waterfront public access and public events.”

On a global level, according to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2016 totaled 3.49 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.01 trillion in value. Of that total, North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.07 trillion. 

One of the most important measurements of a successful year is the amount of cargo moving across the docks at the Port of Redwood City. A recent report released shared the Port’s milestone mid-year results regarding cargo movement locally totaling a record first half of the fiscal year with 1,213,042 metric tons, a 41 percent increase over the same time last year. The record six-month tonnage is a result of the continuing construction boom in Redwood City and Silicon Valley, creating high demand for construction materials shipped to the Port, mostly from British Columbia.

The Port is on pace to beat its record annual tonnage of 1,833,022 tons in 2006. Total vessel calls for the six months were 79, up from 49 for the same period last year. These included 35 cargo ships, 27 barges, and 17 other vessels.

The Port of Redwood City is located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco and is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. The Port serves the Silicon Valley region and specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes.

The Port of Redwood City is a local sponsor of various community events including Earth Day on the Bay on April 14, Maritime Day at the History Museum and STEAM Fest on the Square on April 28.
For more about the Port of Redwood City, go here.
Established in 1851, the Port of Redwood City is located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco and is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. The Port of Redwood City serves the Silicon Valley region and provides inland transportation access via U.S. Highway 101 and Union Pacific Railroad. The Port’s key location enables tenants to save both time and shipping costs. The Port of Redwood City specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. The combination of having a strategic location, available deep-water facilities and efficient service, has enabled the Port of Redwood City to become the fastest growing "small" bulk port in California."

The Port has more than one mile of waterfront public access, walkways and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, and parking.  The Port also offers a public fishing pier and the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. Boats on trailers launched in the Redwood City Channel is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

A five-member Board of Port Commissioners, appointed by the City Council, governs the Port.

For information about the Port’s facilities, go here. For a map of the Port facilities, go here.

For more information on waterfront public access and viewing, go here.

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Meghan Horrigan
Port of Redwood City