Saturday, April 26, 2014

Port of Redwood City updates its bulk cargo ship wharf

San Mateo Daily Journal/Staff, 4/23/14.  "Port of Redwood City to open new wharf:  $17 M modernization project meets new standards." 

the first new wharf for cargo ships in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets the latest operational, seismic, and sea level design standards for the wharf structure itself and adjacent shoreline"The Port of Redwood City’s $17 million modernized wharf, the first of its kind for cargo ships in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets the latest operational, seismic and sea level design standards for both it and adjacent shoreline, will be dedicated and opened Wednesday (4/24/14).

 ....  The wharf will be used to dock dry bulk ships of a size known as “Panamax,” the largest ships currently able to pass through the Panama Canal.  ....  Construction began in September 2012 with the demolition of the old wooden Wharves 1 and 2 and the adjacent warehouse.  .... A 950-foot-long seawall designed to meet storm surges and predicted sea level rise has been built along the shore of the port adjacent to the modernized wharf.  ....

....  The project was financed by a $10 million 2012 Port Revenue Bond and Port capital project reserves, which has been set aside for years in planning for construction of this new wharf, according to port officials.   Read more.

ReferencePort of Redwood City.  "The Port of Redwood City, located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco, is the only deepwater port in south San Francisco Bay. Strategically located between San Francisco and the rapidly growing Silicon Valley/San Jose  region, the Port provides excellent inland transportation access via U.S. Highway 101 and Union Pacific Railroad. Our key location enables tenants to save both time and shipping costs. The Port of Redwood City specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. 

Related - Silicon Valley Business Journal/David Goll, 8/2/09.  "The closest seaport to Silicon Valley, which has its roots in the Gold Rush era, is embarking on a 21st-century makeover. The Port of Redwood City has begun environmental review for a $15 million project to update its aging facilities. Port officials plan to replace one of its major wharves, a dilapidated wooden structure in use for the past 60 years, with a 1,400-foot-long reinforced concrete structure where ships will be loaded and unloaded."

Note:  Photographs #2 and  #4 of 4 from Redwood City-Woodside/Port of Redwood City Patch, 4/22/14 article, "Rep Jackie Speier... dedicate port's new... Wharf, 4/23".

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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