Port of Redwood City Annual RePort to the Community

  • by BPC Staff
  • on September 25, 2014
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Port of Redwood City Annual RePort to the Community
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Lorianna Kastrop

We are pleased to present our annual

RePort  to the Community.  


The Port’s business is comprised of three major segments:

  • Maritime – activities related to the import and export of waterborne cargoes.
  • Recreational Boating – activities related to the operation of a public marina, boat launch facility and dry boat storage facility.
  • Commercial – activities related to the leasing of land and buildings not directly associated with Maritime activities.

The Port was established under the City of Redwood City’s Charter as a department of the City and is managed by the Board of Port Commissioners, whose five members are appointed by the City Council.


The Port is one of California’s most diversified small ports and operates on its own revenues.  In addition to handling bulk and recycled materials, other uses include warehouse and office leasing, recreational boating facilities and an l96-slip marina. The Port’s inbound cargoes are concentrated in bulk construction materials; export cargo currently includes ferrous scrap metal destined for recycling in Asia.


The Port’s performance in FY 2014 was excellent with increases in both tonnage and record-setting revenue. As described in more detail in this year’s RePort to the Community, cargo tonnage increased 19 percent over last year to almost 1.8 million tons. Vessel traffic also increased to 64 ship calls for the year. Financially, the Port’s increased activity generated a nine percent increase in operating revenue for a total of a record $6.8 million. And operating income after expenses also increased over last year by 26 percent.


After an increase in the Port’s subvention payment to the City of Redwood City to a total payment of approximately $410,000, the Port’s net income increased to $1,758,000. The Port operates from its own revenue and receives no tax dollars.

 Thank you for your interest in the Port.


Lorianna Kastrop, Chair
Port of Redwood City Board of Commissioners

Highlighting Our Year
Another Banner Year for Port
Wharves Project Includes Public Improvements
Public Waterfront Access & Recreation
The Recycling Port
Two New Faces
PortFest Oct. 4
Meet Port Commissioners
Meet Port Staff
Another Banner Year for Port  
Port Certificate
Port Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Port Executive Director Mike Giari at Wharf dedication

The Port’s $17 million modernized wharf opened April 23 after a dedication ceremony that featured Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee. It is the first “new” wharf in the San Francisco Bay Area that includes operational, seismic, and sea level impact design requirements for the wharf and adjacent shoreline.The modernized wharf replaced a 60-year old World War II era wharf with a new bulk handling concrete wharf that was designed to meet the present demands for operational and seismic conditions as well as climate change issues.


The wharf is being used to dock dry bulk ships of a size known as “Panamax,” the largest ships currently able to pass through the Panama Canal. From the deck of the new wharf, mobile cranes and large hoppers will be able to load/unload ships.


Thirty-foot wide concrete ramps connect the wharf to the shore.

Construction began in September 2012 with the demolition of the wooden Wharves 1 & 2 and the adjacent warehouse. A 950-foot long seawall designed to meet storm surges and predicted seal level rise has been built along the shore of the Port adjacent to the modernized wharf. Additional project improvements include a new 2,100 square-foot longshoreman’s building, upgraded water/electrical utilities, new seismic monitoring equipment, new security fencing and gates, exterior lighting, and parking area.


To meet the Port’s long term goals and market conditions, the Port elected to replace the timber wharves with a new reinforced-concrete structure that meets both operational and seismic design for a modern multi-use terminal.


The port wharf renditionwharf has been sized to accommodate a conveyor system with the hopper located at the shoreside portion of the new wharf. Other appurtenances that are included in the new wharf are: bollards, fenders, potable water, lighting, power, seismic monitoring accelerometers, and allowance future ship-to-shore power.




Reflecting a significant increase in construction in the Bay Area and the high quality of building materials from British Columbia, the Port experienced a 19 percent increase in cargo movement across its docks for the fiscal year 2013/2014 that ended June 30.


The 12-month figure was 1,784,659 metric tons ( CSL Tacoma 2MT), up from 1,493,190 MT from the previous fiscal year and the highest at the Port since 2006. It also was the third highest in modern Port history, behind 1,833,022 MT in 2005-2006 and 1,908,172 MT in 2004-2005.


To read more: http://www.redwoodcityport.com/p7iq/Assets/PR_Port_of_Redwood_City_Reports_19_Percent_lncrease_in.pdf


Spurred by the 19 percent in cargo tonnage increase, the Port’s financial picture for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, was its highest ever.


Total operating revenues set a record, increasing nine percent to $6,824,473, while total operating expenses fell one percent to $3,925,855. Operating income was up 26 percent to $2,898,618. Net income after a subvention payment of $410,000 to the City of Redwood City was up 162 percent to $1,758,000.



The Port Commission in February approved a three-year lease with Boxer Industries, Inc.,for a carbon black pilot production facility.The company develops innovative, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable technologies that convert abundant domestically produced natural gas resources into high value chemicals and materials for customers around the world.


To read more: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Environmental-Project-Coming-to-the-Port.html?soid=1109799539021&aid=HMHR_EKybRU



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) work plans for the Army Civil Works program, including $7.7 million to dredge the Port of Redwood City’s navigation channel.


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Senator Feinstein

Ecstatic Port officials lauded U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein for her role in helping efforts to raise the amount by an additional $5,015,000 over what was initially budgeted.


The Port of Redwood City navigation channel is currently at -22 feet, well short of the authorized depth of -30 feet. Channel depth is a critical factor in determining operating costs and the price of materials shipped through the Port. Port customers told the USACE and Senator Feinstein that their businesses transporting construction materials to Silicon Valley and throughout the Bay Area were being adversely hindered because of the channel’s depths.


Dredging could start this fall and take two months.


In illustrating the cost impacts of the channel’s current depth, Seaport Industrial Association Executive Director Greg Greenway said, “Lightening the draft of one ship by two feet using a barge adds about $30,000 in extra costs, raising the price of construction materials throughout the South Bay and Silicon Valley.” SIA represents Port and industrial businesses in Redwood City.



Wharves Project Includes Public Improvements That Will Begin After PortFest in October 2014 
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Port’s Fishing Pier

In conjunction with the Wharves 1 & 2 project, waterfront public access improvements will be made between the Seaport Conference Center and the Port’s Fishing Pier.


The Commission approved a $519,700 construction project for Munoz Engineering Construction, Inc., of Hayward. They will begin after PortFest on Oct. 4, and finish by Jan. 31, 2015. The improvements include:  1) reconstruction of the sidewalks, driveway, and parking area to improve the connectivity between the marina sidewalk and the Portside promenade; 2) reconstruction of the wooden boardwalk adjacent to the shoreline in front of F-Dock with a concrete sidewalk and viewing area with an ADA-compliant seating bench; 3) replacement of landscaping and irrigation system; and, 4) installation of bicycle racks, picnic tables, and informative signing.


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Picnic tables on Port waterfront


Public Waterfront Access & Recreation  
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Public Access

The Port has more than one mile of waterfront public access, walkways, and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, and parking.   Fishing is allowed from the public fishing pier. The Port has the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. The Port operates a dry boat storage facility next to the public boat

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Port boat launch ramp

launch ramp.

Port of Redwood City Marina

The Port operates a modern 190-berth marina facility.  For berthing information, contact Spinnaker Sailing at 650-363-1390. The Sequoia Yacht Club (www.sequoiayc.org) has its nautical-themed clubhouse and deck overlooking the Marina. They offer a junior sailing program to teach young people sailing and navigation. Also located at the Marina is Spinnaker Sailing School

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Youth sailing a the Port

(www.spinnakersailing.com), offering internationally certified sailing courses.

Waterfront Festivals and Public Events

Public events and festivals include visits by historic ships and sailing vessels. Tallships frequently visit the Port, offering public tours and special educational events for Redwood City schools. Each spring the Port is the location for the “Opening Day” of the boating season with a decorated boat parade. Crew boat races,

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Lady Washington visits Port

Hawaiian Outrigger canoe races, sailing regattas, & PortFest are regularly held on the Port’s waterfront.  PortFest is held the first Saturday of each year. PortFest V is scheduled for this October 4.  Redwood City’s famous 4th of July, prominent because of the Peninsula’s biggest annual parade, caps off with a spectacular fireworks show from the Port. The show was sponsored by Sims Metal Management, with generous support from Lyngso Garden Materials,

Port Hosts Fireworks on 4th of July

CEMEX, Cargill, Recology San Mateo County, One Marina – New Redwood City Housing, the Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation, and  the Port of Redwood City.



Port of Redwood City: The Recycling Port  

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Port overview
The Port of Redwood City is one of the leading environmental ports in the nation. Several of the Port’s businesses are engaged in recycling materials.
  • Sims Metal Management recycles more than 300,000 scrapped vehicles per year and exports the scrap metal to the Far East and South Asia by ship.
  • Cemex Aggregate recycles concrete and asphalt.
  • Seaport Refining and Environmental recycles petroleum pipeline waste for resale as useable fuel.
  • Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc. transships millions of gallons a year of recycled industrial fuel.


Assante ship
Sims Metal Management last year loaded15 ships destined to Asia with recycled metal to be used by still mills throughout Asia.


Two New Faces: A New Port Commissioner and Manager of Finance & Administration 

Two new faces joined the Port: 

The Redwood City Council reappointed one of the nation’s longest serving port commissioners in history along with a newcomer to the five-member Board of Port Commissioners for the Port of Redwood City.


Reappointed to a four-year term was Dick Dodge, who originally was appointed in 1980 and reappointed seven times since. At the conclusion of his term, he will have served 38 years. Appointed to a four-year term was Simms Duncan, replacing Commissioner Tom Cronin, who did not seek reappointment.


To read more about Mr. Duncan and Mr. Dodge:http://www.redwoodcityport.com/p7iq/Assets/Redwood_City_Council_Appoints_Port_Commissioners.pdf 


Rajesh C. Sewak is the new manager of finance and administration after spending the last nine years with the City of Redwood City’s Finance Department. He succeeded Cynthia Hampton, who retired last May after 15 year s.


To read more about him: http://www.redwoodcityport.com/p7iq/Assets PR_Port_Names_New_Manager_of_Finance_&_Administration_062314.pdf



new finance director
Rajesh C. Sewak


PortFest Set for Saturday, October 4
Enjoying PortFest

Join Us this October 4, 2013,

at Redwood City PortFest!

Saturday, October 4th is your opportunity to explore the Port of Redwood City during the fifth annual Redwood City PortFest, a free community festival to celebrate the working and recreational waterfront. PortFest is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation and the Port of Redwood City. Proceeds will support PYSF efforts to provide teens opportunities to learn sailing, leadership, and personal development skills.

New this year is that Redwood City’s popular OktobeRun will start and finish at the Port of OctobeRun looRedwood City for the first time. The race benefits the Redwood City Education Foundation. OktobeRun includes a half-marathon, as well as a 5K fun run. More tha n 1,500 runners are expected to participate. The new and improved 5K course will start at Seaport Court and head out Seaport Boulevard to circle beautiful Pacific Shores Center on a 3-mile extension of the Bay Trail. For more details and to register :http://www.oktoberun.com/http://www.oktoberun.com/

PortFest highlights:

  • Boat Rides & Harbor Tours with Marine Science Institute. These low-cost tours always sell out, so reservations are strongly recommended. Go to the PortFest website for the link for online reservations.
  • New this year! Sam’s Chowdermobile. It has been voted one of the best food trucks in the Bay Area.
  • Live Music featuring two groups. The Decades will rock PortFest with a variety of musical styles from Chuck Berry to Katy Perry 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following them will be OTR, a great rock n’ roll and R&B band playing music from the 70’s on up to the latest hits. They will play from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
  • Community bands also will be playing throughout the day, including: West Bay Community Band, Sequoia High School Band, Woodside High School Marching Band, and Woodside High School Jazz Band & Orchestra.
  • Working Waterfront Trolley Tour–go behind the scenes for a guided half-hour tour of the Port’s industrial businesses.
  • Beer Garden and Tiki Bar.
  • Children’s and Teen’s Activities.
  • Food booths & food trucks

PortFest sponsors include:

  • Pete and Paula Uccelli Foundation, Kids Bounce House
  • Seaport Industrial Association, Working Waterfront Tours
  • Spinnaker Sailing, Free Sailboat Rides
  • Sea Scouts, Free Boat Rides
  • Marine Science Institute, Harbor Tours, Shark Tank & Touch Sea Life Exhibit
  • Sims Metal Management, Musical Entertainment
  • Recology
  • RWC Parks, Recreation & Community Services Dept, Kids’ Activities

For more schedule and updates, visit www.rwcportfest.org 

For more information about the Port of Redwood City, visit  www.redwoodcityport.com 



Meet Port Commissioners
 A five-member Port Commission is appointed by the Redwood City Council.  The Commission regularly meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Port offices, 675 Seaport Blvd. All meetings are open to the public.  You can get agendas and minutes from the Port’s website.
Port Commissioners are:


  • Dick Claire:  a financial and accounting professor at Canada College in Redwood City. He also is a former Redwood City mayor. Serving since 2007.
  • Simms Duncan:  senior director of project finance with Hanwha Solar in San Francisco. Appointed to his first term in August 2014.
  • Richard “Dick” Dodge: owns an office supply business, T.H.E. Office City. Serving since 1980.
  • Ralph Garcia: owns a vacuum and sewing center in Redwood City. Serving since 2005.
  • Lorianna Kastrop: vice president and controller of The Kastrop Group, Inc. Architects in Redwood City. Serving since 2008.


dick dodge
Dick Dodge
lorianna kastrop
Lorianna Kastrop
ralph garcia
Ralph Garcia
Simms Duncan
Simms Duncan
dick claire
Richard Claire
Meet Port Staff
* Michael J. Giari, Executive Director
Executive Director Mike Giari
  • * Rita Artist, Executive Assistant

    *Rajesh C. Sewak , Director of Finance and Administration
    * Donald K. Snaman, Manager of Operations
    * Chris Fajkos, Manager of Environmental, Security, & Safety
    * Linda Hawkins, Accounting Clerk,
    * Margaret Astesano , Receptionist/Administative Assistant
    * Santiago Talamantes, Port Maintenance
    * Jorge Ganoza, Port Maintenance


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