Please find a summary of PCNC activities for 2019.
In January 2019, the Propeller Club of Northern California began 2019 working with the Seafarers International Union organizing food drives for needy U.S. Coast Guard families who could not buy food for their families because the federal shutdown had placed a hold on their paychecks. PCNC did outreach with other organizations in the Bay Area to solicit support and food for needy Coast Guard families. It was a sad way to begin the year.
Also, in January, PCNC's Board of Directors heard testimony from the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Bar Pilots, Harbor Trucking Association, Starlight Marine and others about the possible impact of the proposed Oakland Athletics baseball park and condominium development at Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland.
In February, John McLaurin, president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, spoke to PCNC members at our lunch regarding PMSA's concerns about the U.S.- China trade dispute and its impact on California ports. He also discussed PMSA's concerns about the impact of the proposed Oakland Athletics ball park and condo development at the Port of Oakland. A representative from the Oakland A's attended the lunch and there was a lively discussion of the pros and cons of the project.
In addition, PCNC Board members expressed their support for the new Fresh Fish Market at the Port of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. Board Member Anita Yao (Port of San Francisco) introduced the team from the Fresh Fisherman's Group that is selling fresh fish straight off their boats.
PCNC continues to publicize the efforts of the Port of Oakland and Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) to widen the Turning Basin in the Oakland Estuary so the Port and SSA can accommodate 18,000 teu vessels. The project is estimated to cost from $150 million to $350 million and take at least five years for permitting and environmental review.
In April PCNC hosted Journal of Commerce correspondent Bill Mongelluzzo who warned about a slowdown in the California and U.S. container trade as a result of the trade dispute with China.
PCNC has also supported the U.S. Olympic Sailing team which is training at nearby Treasure Island. Malcolm Page, Chief of Olympic Sailing, spoke to PCNC members saying he is determined to make the USA a sailing contender in the 2020 Olympic games. The former Australian gold medalist is looking for help from U.S. maritime community.
PCNC hosted U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Marie Byrd in September. Captain Byrd urged support for emergency services initiatives related to future earthquake and storm surge threats.
In November, PCNC is hosting U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Francisco Port Director, Richard Di Nucci.
Finally, The Ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Redwood City, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Port of Hueneme, San Diego and the Propeller Club of Northern California are collaborating on a "Strategies for Storms, Flooding and Sea Level Defense" conference that will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd at Scott's Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland, California. Speakers from the California ports will be joined by representatives of California and Federal agencies to discuss their plans for addressing storms, flooding and rising sea levels.
Best wishes and see you in New Orleans,