Port of San Francisco – Pier 1 – San Francisco, CA 94111
Thursday, March 15, 2012 11:30pm-1:00pm
Ferry Building, Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
Meeting Summary Notes
Bernie Meyerson Multi Material Management Marketing
Bobby Guillory ILWU Local 10 (Retired)
Ellen Johnck Ellen Joslin Johnck, RPA
Frank Johnston Board of Pilots Commissioner
Jeff King CEMEX
Jim Wiltshire Co-Chair
John Hummer U.S. Maritime Administration
Leif Gistrand Metro Ports (Retired)
Leonard Brooks Metro Ports
Lorenzo Looper Metro Cruise
Roger L. Peters Commerce & Maritime
Taylor Safford Blue & Gold Fleet
Thomas Hart Sheedy Crane & Rigging
Veronica Sanchez Masters, Mates & Pilots
Eric Smith San Francisco Bay Rail
Jacob Studer San Francisco Bay Rail
Jason Tama US Coast Guard Commander
Jon Allyn Metro Ports
1. Maritime updates
• America’s Cup update
o US Coast Guard update on race course - US Coast Guard Commander Jason Tama
Please view USCG AC34 presentation for the update on the race course.
o Changes in structure of deal consolidating operations at Pier 80 – Jonathan Stern
Please view AC34 presentation to the Port Commission on March 13, 2012 for the changes.
• Cruise Terminal Project update
o Embarcadero detour March 19 at Pier 35 due to double header cruise ships – Star Princess and the Oriana
o Demolition of Pier 27 is underway. Turner Construction Company expects to complete Pier 27 demolition portion by April. Turner Construction will have a meet and greet on March 20 at Pier 29 ½. This will be the last chance to see Pier 27 maritime shed.
o New construction is dependent on BCDC consideration of the Major Permit on 3/15. If approved, the Major Permit is scheduled to be issued by 3/22.
o Once permitted, Turner Construction Company will begin construction. Their deadline for phase 1 completion of the core and shell building for America's Cup is March 2013.
o The Pier 27 will then be used by America's Cup until their final races are completed in October 2013. The Port would re-assume control of the site; expectation that the terminal building would be operational by Spring 2014.
• Water Taxi RFQ update – Gerry Roybal
o The Port entered into an agreement with John Scannell to operate a water taxi service between Pier 1 ½ to Hyde Street Harbor in 2010. The operator was not able to get the service up and running, therefore, the Port terminated the agreement.
o Peter will be giving informational presentation to Port Commission April 10 and will ask approval to issue RFQ for water taxi service.
• Maritime Day event May 10 – Gerry Roybal
o In 1933, the United States Congress declared May 22nd “National Maritime Day” as this was the date in 1819 the American steamship Savannah sailed from U.S to England using steam propulsion.
o May 22nd pays special tribute to the maritime industry as well as to the people who served as merchant mariners in service to their country.
o The Port and Marine Exchange will cohost a celebratory reception at McCormick & Kuleto’s Restaurant on May 10th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm. Please save the date.
• Pier 96 Bulk Terminal Update
o Quint Street Lead - As you are aware Port received $3 million grant from FRA late last year to improve Quint Street Lead; port staff have had discussions with Union Pacific RR and BNSF Railway and with SF DPW for guidance on how to proceed with work.
o Working with Union Pacific to determine the number of iron ore trains they can move to Port. Once this number is received, we can approach mining companies for cargo commitment then move forward with a terminal developer to build the facility.
• Foreign Trade Zone update
o Port reorganized the FTZ under the new Alternative Site Framework program.
o De-designated Pier 19-23 as FTZ; creates “virtual” FTZ benefit that can be marketed to any business in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties for FTZ designation.
o We recently hired an intern, Jonathan Souza, to focus on the FTZ for six months.
o Pursuing marketing strategy, including a proposed one-day informational seminar on June 7 for potential customers that will be led by an FTZ expert.
o Established Valero Refinery in Benicia as a second Subzone site which was just activated this week.
• Abolishment of Redevelopment Agency & South Beach Harbor
o South Beach Harbor located at Pier 40, will be under Port Management.
o Peter Dailey will give us an update at the next MCAC meeting.
2. Update from MCAC Marketing/Public Affairs/Outreach Subcommittee – Ellen Johnck
• MCAC was created to serve as a voice and advocate for tenants and stakeholders involved with the maritime affairs of the Port.
• To get this group more active, sub-committees were formed due to a discussion with the San Diego Working Water Group in 2009.
• The subcommittee can be a platform to help the MCAC develop a voice and get the MCAC better branded as an active advisory committee to the Port.
• Subcommittee will be Port-driven and incorporate Port’s maritime interests in its activities.
• Subcommittee will seek opportunities to meet with relevant policymakers and attend public meetings where issues that might affect Port maritime interests are discussed.
• Subcommittee has engaged in the Cesar Chavez East bike lane and America’s Cup 34 discussions.
• Group agrees to focus on Pier 96 bulk export terminal project as a priority.
• Established new logo and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Maritime-Commerce-Advisory-Committee-Port-of-San-Francisco/249518398456091) to provide platform for marketing the MCAC and getting information out to the public on the Port’s maritime issues.
• Have been meeting monthly since November; members are Jill Rodby, Stephen Bidwell, Bill Butler, Leif Gistrand, Bobby Guillory, Ellen Johnck, Bernie Meyerson, Jim Wiltshire and Jim Maloney.
• Subcommittee will continue to update MCAC on its activities.
• Our goals are to communicate, educate, and advocate.
3. Presentation on the 2012 General Obligation Parks Bond – David Beaupre
• On the November ballot, there will be a measure re: a parks general obligations bond. Portions of the bond funds would be used to fund the Northeast Wharf Plaza when Port re-assumes control of Pier 27.
• Please view Neighborhood & Waterfront Parks Bond 2012 for more information.
4. Next MCAC meeting – Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:30-1:00 – Pier 1, Bayside 1-2 Conference Rooms