News from the Port of Redwood City

  • by BPC Staff
  • on December 2, 2013

New Potential Business for Port  

The Redwood City Port Commission Wednesday, November 27, approved a mitigated negative declaration and initial study for a proposed carbon black pilot production facility. The action was a harbinger to negotiating an agreement, which could come to the Commission for approval in January.


Carbon black is a material used in manufacturing nearly all black rubber and plastic products including tires, belts, hoses, and cables.


Boxer Industries, Inc.’s pilot plant would use readily available natural gas as the carbon feedstock and a clean process with no emissions of air pollutants. The proposed pilot plant would be constructed on approximately 0.6 acres near the Kaiser Cement silos. It would include a 5,000 square foot pilot plant, office trailer, and parking. The pilot plant would be partially assembled prior to delivery and installation. It would be constructed on a new, pier supported, concrete pad and would be about 30 feet in height when fully assembled.


The plant will produce approximately 180 metric tons per year which will be packaged into large sacks and loaded on to trucks (25 truck trips annually) for shipment to customers. Operating hours for the pilot plant are typically 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. five days a week. Three workers would be on site during operating hours and at times up to 11 support engineers located in offices in Pacific Shores Center. Any future expansion of the facility from pilot plant to full production would require a separate environmental review.


Today, carbon blacks are used as a pigmenting, UV stabilizing and conductive agent in a variety of common and specialty products, including plastics, toners and printing inks, and coatings.


The mitigated negative declaration document found that the environmental effects by the proposed project can be mitigated to less than significant levels. Air quality impacts are associated with construction activities and include dust and emissions from the operation of construction equipment and can be mitigated during the estimated two to four week construction period.


Air emissions from the pilot plant itself are well below BAAQMD thresholds. Recommendation by a geotechnical engineer will be incorporated into the building design and approved by the Redwood City Building Department. Mitigation measures require the preparation of a Soils Management Plan, based on site conditions, that includes a health and safety plan prepared by an industrial hygienist. Any contaminated soil resulting from construction activities must be tested and profiled for acceptable disposal.




Port Grants Sponsorship to Youth Sailing 

The Port Commission has granted a $5,000 sponsorship to the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation (PYSF) for their youth sailing program in Redwood City.



Director Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer

PYSF has operated their program out of the Port for a number of years. They have partnered with the Sequoia Yacht Club (SYC) and assist with the SYC Youth Sailing program.


PYSF Director Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer says that youth participation has doubled to nearly 100 since the organization’s exposure as a co-sponsor of the Port’s annual PortFest last October.


To learn more about their program, visit their website at




Unique Business Leases Port Warehouse  

The Port has approved a temporary lease of a warehouse at 599 Seaport Boulevard to iCracked (, the world’s largest on-demand repair and buyback network for iOS devices (like iphones, ipods, ipads). iCracked has built a network of hundreds of mobile iTechs located around the country and abroad who can be dispatched, with the click of a button, to respond to on-demand repair and buyback requests.  


The company, started in 2010, has been mentioned in an article about 30 entrepreneurs under 30 achieving great success,, and in a Yahoo Finance article entitled “25 year-old’s Company Makes Millions On Cracked iPhones,”


The Port has made the 599 Seaport building available for lease and would prefer a long term tenant. Currently, there are no prospects to lease the building on a long term basis so the Port staff agreed to a month-to-month rental agreement while continuing to seek a long-term tenant. The 25,000 square foot warehouse (with two floors of office space) previously has been used by USGS and Potter Drilling Company.




Port of Redwood City  |  675 Seaport Blvd  |  Redwood City, CA 94063