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Port of San Diego Commemorates Maiden Voyage of the Beluga Ace Car Carrier

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Plaque ceremony on the Beluga AceThe Port of San Diego and its terminal operator, Pasha Automotive Services, welcomed a new car-carrying vessel to the National City Marine Terminal on April 9, 2018. The vessel, the M/V Beluga Ace from MOL ACE (Auto Carrier Express), arrived from the Port of Nakanoseki, Japan, bringing 2,487 Mazdas from the ports of Nakanoseki and Hiroshima, Japan. The vehicles were discharged by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 29 in conjunction with Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals.

To celebrate the maiden voyage, the Port held a traditional plaque exchange ceremony on April 9. Port Commissioner Robert “Dukie” Valderrama presented a plaque to the Beluga Ace’s Captain, Hirotoshi Tateyama, welcoming the vessel and its crew to San Diego. Katsumi Nagata, Senior Vice President of MOL ACE and Raul Lopez, National Ports Operations Manager for Mazda were also presented with welcoming plaques in appreciation of the new business. Also in attendance were Brian Mason, Vice President of Business Development for Pasha, Ryan Molinaro, West Coast General Manager for Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals and Anthony Soniga, President of ILWU Local 29. Pasha Automotive Services has provided auto processing services for Mazda vehicles discharged from vessels by Pasha Stevedoring & Terminals LP since 2006.

Seaport Village to Remain Open for Business – Port of San Diego Selects Interim Manager and Operator

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The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has selected Protea Property Management, Inc. (Protea), a San Diego-based property management firm, to manage and operate Seaport Village after the current lease expires on September 30, 2018. This important step will ensure the shopping and dining complex remains a vibrant and prosperous waterfront destination for residents, visitors and the businesses that operate within it until the Port’s planned redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero.

Protea was founded approximately 20 years ago and owns and operates two specialty retail centers in its portfolio, Flower Hill Promenade and Pangaea Outpost, which are both located in San Diego. The Port’s selection of Protea to manage and operate Seaport Village on its behalf concludes the Port-initiated competitive bidding process. The Port will begin work with Protea, the businesses within Seaport Village and the current lessee on a transition plan leading up to October 1, 2018.

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Port to Install Temporary Art Exhibits at its Two Marine Terminals

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Photo of "Wrap" materialThe Port of San Diego is presenting a dual-site fiber art installation by artist Randy Walker as part of its Maritime Month celebration in May. Maritime Month is the Port’s unique extended celebration of National Maritime Day, which is held on May 22. National Maritime Day pays special tribute to merchant marines and to the benefits that the maritime industry provides to the country. Walker’s artworks, entitled “Sweet Contents” and “Under Wraps,” will be unveiled in May and on view to the public through February 2019.

Commissioned as part of the Port’s public art initiative, Port Spaces, Walker will create two site-specific works, bringing color and inspiration to the landscapes of Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal. His large-scale fiber installations will explore activity that occurs on the two maritime terminals while serving as icons of the many connections between the cities of San Diego and National City. Both artworks were specifically designed as pop-up creative encounters for the community to experience in the parks adjacent to the terminals, Cesar Chavez Park and Pepper Park pier.

“The Port is proud to present these two dynamic artworks by Randy Walker,” said Port Commissioner Marshall Merrifield. “These installations bring a creative experience to the public, turning an industrial area into a space that allows residents and visitors to feel connected and inspired.”

Port to Install Sojourner, a Pop-Up Immersive Artwork by Local Artist Adam Belt

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Free, public sunset yoga classes to be held last two Thursdays in April

FBevent SojornourAs part of its mission to create a dynamic and active waterfront, the Port of San Diego is pleased to present Sojourner, a temporary immersive artwork by artist Adam Belt.

Commissioned as part of the Port Spaces curatorial initiative, Sojourner will be on display and free to the public from April 13 through April 29, 2018 at the end of Broadway Pier, 1000 N Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101. For this work, San Diego-based artist Adam Belt has constructed a structure which offers a sensory experience influenced by our coastal areas, wetlands, parks and piers.

“This is a unique opportunity for San Diegans and visitors to immerse themselves in the arts along our waterfront,” said Commissioner Marshall Merrifield, Board of Port Commissioners. “Sojourner has been thoughtfully created to inspire us and connect us to our beautiful San Diego Bay.”

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