The public is invited to see a working maritime terminal and to learn about the quality jobs and the significant positive economic impact generated by and associated with Port of San Diego operations. The Port is offering two types of tours, by boat and by bus.
The six free bus tours will take guests to the Port's two maritime cargo terminals: Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and the National City Marine Terminal. Tour participants will get an up close and personal look at San Diego Bay and the Port's maritime cargo, which includes imports of bananas, automobiles, wind energy components and other commodities. The tour also includes a visit to one of the Port's waterfront shipyards and one of the largest automobile importing facilities on the West Coast.
The bus tours all begin at 9:30 a.m. and will last approximately two hours. Following is a list of tour dates:
- Monday, May 14: departing from Chula Vista Bayside Park, Chula Vista at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 22: departing from Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 29: departing from Pepper Park, National City at 9:30 a.m.
- Monday, June 11: departing from Embarcadero Marina Park South, San Diego at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, June 12: departing from Coronado Tidelands Park, Coronado at 9:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, June 26: departing from Imperial Beach Portwood Pier Plaza, Imperial Beach at 9:30 a.m.
In addition to the bus tours, the Port of San Diego is offering four free boat tours of San Diego Bay. Participants can learn about San Diego Bay and its environment. The tours will also pass by many of the Port's waterfront parks, Port tenant hotels and restaurants, the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier. The bay tours also offer an up close look at the Port's two maritime terminals from the waterside, shipbuilding and repair yards, naval bases and navy ships.
Boat tours will depart from the bay tour operator facilities on North Harbor Drive, San Diego. Following is a list of tour dates and times:
- Friday, May 18: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.
- Tuesday, May 22: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Hornblower Cruises & Events, 1800 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.
- Friday, May 25: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Flagship Cruises & Events, 1050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego
- Tuesday, June 19: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Flagship Cruises & Events, 1050 North Harbor Drive, San Diego.
- To sign up for the bus or boat tours, go to portofsandiego.org/tours. Space is limited and tours fill up quickly.
The free tours are a part of the Port's celebration of National Maritime Day, which is celebrated on May 22, 2012 in the United States.
National Maritime Day honors those in the U.S. maritime industry responsible for handling U.S. imports, exports, domestic shipments, millions of annual cruise passengers, military shipments, and those who currently and those who have served as merchant mariners in service to our country.
A Joint Congressional Resolution was passed on May 22, 1933, declaring it National Maritime Day. Observance of this day honors the maritime industry and the benefits it brings Americans. These benefits included high-paying jobs, improved water transportation, importation and exportation of cargo, as well as recreational opportunities. National Maritime Day also honors the contributions of the American merchant marines, who have defended the freedom of the united States since 1775.
About the Port:
The Port of San Diego is the fourth-largest of 11 deep water ports in California and the top port in the state for the movement of breakbulk cargo. The Port was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City, and San Diego.
The Port District oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department, and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.