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.
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