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At the heart of it all is Maritime
May is Maritime Month!
This year we are introducing our new online Maritime Month Challenge! Participate in the online learning activities and you could win:
- A cruise to the Mexican Riviera aboard Carnival Cruises
- A helicopter tour of San Diego Bay to view our working waterfront
- $100 dining certificates to dine on locally caught seafood at waterfront restaurants
- A year of Dole fresh fruit in the form of a $50 certificate each month to a local grocer
- An overnight stay at a waterfront hotel
- Plus, register for a bus or boat tour by watching any video on the site!
The maritime industry is at the heart of San Diego bay and the surrounding region. In 1933, National Maritime Day was established to recognize the men and women of the U.S. Merchant marine and many other industry workers that have transported cargo and defended the United States since 1775. The Port of San Diego extended Maritime Day to the entire month of May to create a unique celebration of the maritime industry which generates billions of dollars in annual economic impact and thousands of jobs.
At the heart of it all is maritime, which is why the Port celebrates Maritime Month each May and take the time to learn about the four maritime sectors that are vital to the success of San Diego. The sectors include cargo, cruise ships, shipbuilding and repair, commercial and sport fishing.
Maritime’s workforce, cargo and cruise terminals, as well as maritime industrial activities such as shipbuilding repair, play an important role in the region’s economy. The Port’s cargo terminals are one of the only 17 commercial “strategic ports,” designated to support cargo and vessel operations for the U.S. military’s Transportation Command and Military Sealift Command. San Diego’s interdependent relationship to water and the world is made possible through vast network of ships and people working to keep our region strong.
Port of San Diego Maritime
The Port is a conscientious innovator that leverages our unique expertise, deep-water berths, forward-thinking solutions and relationships to expand the opportunities for businesses and employees. Port Maritime businesses employ thousands of residents with high-paying jobs and generate billions of dollars per year for the regional economy, creating a prosperous global economic engine for all.
Explore Our Terminals
Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
Our Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal is a 96-acre complex with four working berths and specializes in break-bulk, refrigerated, and dry bulk cargo.
National City Marine Terminal
Just ten miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, our National City Marine Terminal is 135-acres with on dock rails and easy access to roadways.
Cargo and Trade
The Port of San Diego is the nation’s specialty cargo gateway to the Pacific, situated in the natural, deep-water harbor of San Diego Bay. We know specialty cargo isn't one size fits all, and so we tailor our services to fit your needs.
Go ahead and drop anchor in a Port that meets your every need, and ensures that your guests will enjoy their travels. Enjoy the bright horizons that a flexible and collaborative partnership brings. Welcome to the Port of Land and See.
The anchorage grounds for general use include all the navigable waters of the harbor except cable and pipeline areas, the special anchorages, and the Naval Restricted Areas.
San Diego Bay’s Working Waterfront is made up of the Port’s maritime industrial businesses and their suppliers.
Marine Terminal Development Projects
From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace
The Port of San Diego operates two marine transport terminals and two cruise ship terminals.
Formerly San Diego Maritime Information Systems (SDMIS.org)
Commercial fishing has a long history at the Port of San Diego. The first cannery opened in 1909 and at one time San Diego was known as “The Tuna Capital of the World” with two of the countries three biggest tuna canneries being based along its Bay.