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The Maritime Division is responsible for managing and marketing a wide array of maritime industries: cruise and cargo shipping, ship repair, commercial and sport fishing, ferry and excursion operations and other harbor services. The division promotes Port maritime facilities to potential and existing customers while ensuring compliance with federal security mandates and providing environmental stewardship. Areas of responsibility include cruise and cargo terminals, ferry terminals, shipyards and dry-docks, Fisherman's Wharf and Hyde Street Commercial fishing harbors, excursion terminals and harbor service facilities for pilots, tugboats, barges, lay berthing and other ship services. The Maritime Division manages 122 tenancies, representing 6 million square feet and approximately $11 million in annual revenue.

Real Estate

The Real Estate Division is responsible for all asset management, property and lease management, marketing and leasing for the Port's commercial and industrial property along the 7.5 miles of San Francisco's waterfront properties that extends from Fisherman's Wharf to Bayview/Hunters Point. The Port has over 500 commercial and industrial tenants, representing 20.6 million square feet of occupied space and approximately $52 million in annual revenue. This does not include leases to maritime tenants managed by the Maritime Division. Real estate asset and property management duties entail lease negotiations, lease and property administration and enforcement, and asset value enhancement.

Planning & Development

The Planning & Development Division is responsible for ensuring that the use and development of Port lands is consistent with the goals and policies of the Waterfront Land Use Plan.

Within this Division, the Planning team is responsible for: maintaining current policies in the Plan which, from time to time, may be amended; leading community planning projects for specified areas of the waterfront; and administering land use regulatory review of projects on Port property. The Development team manages large-scale public-private waterfront development projects, from developer solicitation phase through the project entitlement phase.

The Division works closely with the Port's community advisory groups on all its projects, and on ongoing waterfront land use and environmental issues.


The Engineering Division provides project and construction management, engineering design, facility inspection, contracting, code compliance review and permitting services for all of the Port's facilities including piers, structures, buildings, cranes, utilities, public and private areas, development projects, streets and walkways. Engineering assists and coordinates with other City Departments to assure an appropriate transition between the City and the property in the Port's jurisdiction.

Building Permit Group - The Building Permit Group's primary responsibilities are to provide timely and effective plan review, permitting and inspection services to ensure safe and compatible construction within the Port's jurisdictional area.  By exercising professionalism, integrity and striving for excellence, the Group serves both Port and public interest in its role as protectors of public safety and Port property. 


The Maintenance Division is responsible for maintaining the Port's seven and one half miles of waterfront property and maintaining the waterfront as a positive connection to the other parts of the City. More than 100 skilled craftspersons are responsible for the preservation and improvement of the Port's fishing harbors, ferry landings, public parks, cargo terminals, piers and baseball stadium. The overall maintenance performed by the Maintenance Division includes the skilled work of carpenters, electricians, painters, gardeners, pile drivers plumbers, roofers and general laborers.

Finance & Administration

The Finance and Administration Division is responsible for the management of Port operations and support services including Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Services. Human Resources includes labor and employee relations, payroll, training programs, employee recruitment and hiring, and contract compliance. Finance includes budget development and analysis, capital planning, forecasting, financing, financial and risk analysis, and reporting. Accounting includes accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, financial statements and managing outside audits. Information Systems includes the Port's Information Technology equipment acquisition and maintenance, local area network, computer application development and maintenance. Business Services includes purchasing, materials management, mail service, telephone systems, receptionist service, administration of the Port's vehicles and management of the Port's offices.

Executive Office

The Port's Executive Office reports directly to the Port Executive Director and includes the Communications Department, Homeland Security, Special Projects, Port Commission Secretary and the Port's General Counsel. 

  • The Communications Department is responsible for management of communications activities with the Port including media relations, public records, website content, special events and the Port's publications and promotional activities. 
  • Homeland Security is responsible for developing, directing, and implementing a comprehensive homeland security program for the Port and its emergency plans and procedures, in preparation for and in response to, emergencies and disasters. 
  • The Special Projects Department is responsible for working with the Mayor's Office, Board of Supervisors, City Attorney's Office, State and federal legislators, regarding issues concerning the Port in order to direct legislative activities in the best interest of the Port. 
  • The Port Commission Secretary serves as Secretary to the Port Commission and Executive Assistant to the Port Executive Director.  The Port Commission Secretary prepares the agenda for Commission meetings in consultation with the Port Commission President and Port Executive Director. Secures all required documentation for agenda items; prepares reports for Commission meetings, compiles and maintains records of proceedings of  regular Commission meetings as well as special meetings and arranges for the distribution of same; supervises the preparation of correspondence for the Commission; insures that Commission-directed actions are executed by the Port promptly and correctly.
  • The Port's General Counsel Team is part of San Francisco's City Attorney's Office, which provides legal consultation and advice to the Port Commission, Executive Director and staff.
Last updated: 2/2/2016 11:12:02 AM
Port of San Francisco
Pier 1, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111