Maritime Fun Fact: The front of a boat is known as the bow, and the rear of a boat is known as the stern. If you’re looking towards the bow, the left-hand side of the boat is the port side, while the right-hand side is starboard.  
For over 80 years, the Port of Redwood City has been governed by a five-member Board of Port Commissioners. In 1937, the City of Redwood City through its charter incorporated the port with the first appointments of the Board of Port Commissioners. Since then, port commissioners have worked to grow the Port's economic vitality to meet regional needs. 

While serving a four-year board term, commissioners support the port’s three values:  

  • Maritime commerce 
  • Waterfront recreation 
  • Serving Silicon Valley 

Recently the Board voted to elect Commissioner Richard Claire as the new board chairperson. Chairman Claire will take the place of Commissioner Lorianna Kastrop as her one-year term as chairperson sunsets. We welcome Chairman Claire's leadership and look forward to continuing to serve our community. 

To learn more about our board meetings, visit the Port Commission meeting schedule and attend an upcoming meeting.  
Warm Regards,
Kristine A. Zortman
Executive Director, Port of Redwood City 
United States Army Corps of Engineers commanders and team visit the Port
On Aug. 13, the Port welcomed Colonel Antoinette Gant and Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Kevin Arnett to our community. The two commanders were joined by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco District staff, and Brian Perkins and Yana Mayaeva from Congresswoman Speier's office. The Port hosted this introductory meeting, in collaboration with our Port partners, to discuss the importance of channel dredging.

Did you know that keeping our channel adequately dredged has multiple benefits? Learn more below!
Dredging regional benefits
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is performing routine channel dredging at the Port of Redwood City. The dredging process removes naturally built-up sediment and debris from waterways. Here are five benefits that dredging provides to our community: 

  1. Allows commercial and recreation vessels more navigable access without contacting the bottom of the channel
  2. Supports international commerce by bringing commodities and cargo into the region via vessel and not trucks
  3. Reduces air emissions and the wear and tear on our already congested roadways by removing truck trips 
  4. Restores or expands habitat for flora and fauna with the strategic placement and beneficial reuse of dredged materials
  5. Prepares waterways for capital improvement projects such as docks, bridges, piers and more 

Recreation boaters are encouraged to review the Notice to Recreational Boaters and practice safe boating procedures in the Port’s project area. 

Children can learn more by completing our activity sheet.
Sailing, seafood and more!
Follow our three-part itinerary and spend a day at the Port with waterfront recreation, fresh seafood and memories on the agenda.  
  1. Paddling at the Port offers a unique perspective to our beautiful South San Francisco Bay. Rent a kayak at California Kayak and Canoe or learn to sail with Spinnaker Sailing
  2. Grab a bite to eat at Pioneer Seafoods, a respected and popular commercial fishing team that sells fresh, local seafood straight from our dock. 
  3. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze under our recently built pergola shade structure. Utilize the new barbecue pit and replenish your appetite after a day on the water. 
Port invests in new fire and police boat dock
The Port will invest approximately $2.5 million of Port Security Grant Program funding to develop a new fire and police boat dock, which will serve as the home base for emergency vessels such as the boat pictured above. The development of a new boat dock further supports the Port's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Staging Area (FSA) designation.

The Port Security Grant Program funding enables the port to support interagency operations, enhance training exercises and fund security infrastructure such as cameras, lights and fencing. These improvements strengthen the port’s collaboration with local, regional and federal first responder partners involved in maritime security.  

Learn more about the Port’s commitment to emergency preparedness by reading our fact sheet.