The Port of San Diego has been awarded $10 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for proposed maritime cargo terminal redevelopment through the highly competitive National Infrastructure Investments program. The federal grant program, known as TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grants, supports transportation projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
San Diego Bay is located about 96 nautical miles southeast of Los Angeles and just north of the United States-Mexico border. San Diego's close proximity to open ocean and lack of shipping congestion make it an excellent location for cargo shipping.
The Port serves as a transshipment facility for the region. The year-round mild climate is conducive to handling all types of cargo: container, dry bulk, liquid bulk, refrigerated, vehicle, breakbulk, and project cargo.
The Port of San Diego's cruise season kicks off on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 with the arrival of Celebrity Cruises' Infinity. The 2,170-passenger vessel will stop at San Diego harbor as part of a nine-night Pacific coastal cruise that begins and ends in San Francisco. The cruise also visits Monterey, Santa Barbara, Catalina and Ensenada.
October is a busy cruise month with the Disney Wonder arriving in port on Thursday, Oct. 1, for a three-night Baja cruise. The vessel returns for three five-day Baja cruises that begin and end at the Port of San Diego.
The Port of San Diego hosted an employee orientation on August 7, 2015 for 100 prospective employees of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 29. Local 29 is the chapter of the ILWU that handles cargo at the Port's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal. ILWU employees also assist with cruise ship operations at the Port's B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier Terminal.
The recent hiring is a positive sign for both the Port of San Diego and the region. It demonstrates that maritime business is on the rise and that the increase results in high-paying jobs and economic impact.