The Port of San Francisco is a semi-independent organization run by a five-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Port Commission oversees the 12-kilometer long San Francisco Waterfront and develops, markets, leases, manages, and maintains waterfront properties. The operations include 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial, and maritime leases. The properties include world-famous landmarks like Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Ferry Building. The Port of San Francisco promotes a positive balance of maritime, transportation, recreational, and industrial access with commercial activities that are self-supporting.
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The Port of San Francisco's Maritime Division manages and markets a range of maritime businesses that include cruise and cargo shipping, commercial and sport fishing, ship repairs, excursions, and other services in the harbor. The Division is also responsible for ensuring security mandates and protecting the harbor environment. The Port of San Francisco's Maritime Division is responsible for 122 leases that represent almost 56 hectares and about $11 million per year.
In 2008, the Port of San Francisco served 53 cargo vessels carrying a total of almost 1.2 million tons of cargo, including over 1.1 million tons of imports and 27.5 thousand tons of exports. Imports included 79.5 thousand tons of breakbulk, and almost 1.1 million tons of dry bulk cargo. Exports included 27.5 thousand tons of liquid bulk cargoes. The Port of San Francisco also welcomed a total of more than 173.9 thousand passenger visits on 59 vessel calls in 2008.
The Port of San Francisco handles all types of cargo including rolling stock, project cargo, and breakbulk cargo. The cargo terminal has five berths, on-dock rail, cold storage facilities, paved cargo staging areas, and more than five hectares of covered storage that includes 625 reefer outlets. The Port of San Francisco also offers a Foreign Trade Zone and full-service ship repairs.
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The Port of San Francisco's world-famous Fisherman's Wharf is the center for Northern California's sport and commercial fishing fleets. The pier supports the biggest concentration of commercial fish processing and distribution on the United States' West Coast. Commercial fishing boats berth at Fisherman's Wharf. The city's fleet of ten sports fishing boats also berths at and departs from the wharf each day.
The Port of San Francisco offers full-service ship repairs for both commercial and government vessels and for post-Panamax ships. The Port of San Francisco has two dry docks, complete pier-side facilities, and an ample workforce to handle the biggest jobs and the most intricate repairs.
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The Port of San Francisco is a popular tourist destination and offers a variety of excursion and charter vessels. At Pier 33, Hornblower Cruises and Events offers dinner cruises, dinner-dance cruises, weekend champagne brunch cruises, and Monte Carlo casino cruises. Hornblower has nine beautiful yachts, and they also host corporate meetings and special events. Pier 9 is home to Signature Yacht Events providing luxury yachts for corporate events, weddings, and celebrations. The San Francisco Spirit cruises the Bay each Sunday, offering a champagne brunch. Pier 39 is home to the Blue & Gold Fleet that offers tours of San Francisco Bay, including Alcatraz. They also offer dinner-dance cruises and charters. The Red & White Fleet has been offering Port of San Francisco sightseeing adventures since 1892 from Pier 43 1/2. They offer the popular Golden Gate Bridge cruises featuring narration in six languages. They also offer sightseeing tours on land, private vessel charters, and special events.
The Port of San Francisco's Pier 27 Cruise Terminal is currently undergoing renovations. This four-hectare facility with an additional .8-hectare public plaza will be a year-round state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal and community events facility that leaves a small environmental footprint and meets all modern security standards.
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The Port of San Francisco is home to several ferries that provide service between Oakland and San Francisco and service to the Angel Island State Park (May through October weekends). The Blue & Gold Fleet serves routes to Oakland, Vallejo, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Angel Island. Golden Gate Ferries' route is between the Ferry Building and Sausalito and Larkspur. Harbor Bay Maritime operates service between the Ferry Building and Harbor Bay Island in Alameda. Vallejo Baylink connects Vallejo with the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf.