FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Contact: Jim Maloney, Port of San Francisco, 415-274-0519
San Francisco, March 1, 2011 - The Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 Omni Terminal today welcomed the m/v Star Isfjord carrying the winner of the 2010 America’s Cup. The sailboat USA-17 arrived from Spain where it won the iconic America’s Cup trophy on February 14, 2010 in Valencia. In addition to the trimaran, the Star Isfjord also carried 35 ocean containers, the 223-foot wingsail mast, and five other service craft.
Pier 80, operated by Metro Ports, will serve as the logistical headquarters for Oracle Racing. The Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80 is the only marine terminal in Northern California able to handle containers, breakbulk and heavy lift cargoes simultaneously. In addition to the Oracle cargoes, the Star Isfjord carried steel coils and three other private yachts.
“The Port is thrilled to assist in the logistical needs of the America’s Cup teams” stated Port Executive Director Monique Moyer. “We’re now starting to see tangible economic benefits that hosting this race will provide.”
The Port and City of San Francisco will play host to the 34th America’s Cup races that are scheduled to be held in 2013. Preliminary races will be held in 2012.
Metro Ports has been involved with America’s Cup logistics for several years, providing stevedoring to the USA-17 at the ports of Anacortes, Washington and San Diego. Metro Ports is the terminal operator and provides stevedoring services at the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 80.
Grieg Star Shipping, owner of the m/v Star Isfjord, is engaged in breakbulk shipping trades serving North America, the Far East, Europe and South America. They are headquartered in Bergen, Norway.
The Port of San Francisco, an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees a broad range of commercial, maritime and public access facilities along the City's waterfront that are held in public trust for the people of California.