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Maritime Month

At the heart of it all.

The maritime industry is at the heart of San Diego Bay and the surrounding region. Each May, Maritime Month celebrates four maritime sectors that are vital to the success of San Diego: cargo, cruise, shipbuilding and repair, and commercial and sport fishing.

Windmill parts unloaded on to Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
graphic - at the heart of it all is maritime

May is Maritime Month at the Port of San Diego. It’s our region’s unique celebration of National Maritime Day, which is May 22. National Maritime Day pays special tribute to the merchant marines and to the benefits that the maritime industry provides to the country.

This year, we pay special tribute to the men and women of our Working Waterfront who continue to work hard to ensure the safe and timely delivery of essential goods, providing crucial services in these difficult times. They include our own maritime operations employees, and employees of our maritime industrial tenants, along with our longshoremen and women, stevedores, San Diego Bay pilots, commercial and sportfishermen and many more.

These past few weeks have been exceptionally challenging for these workers, as they all have worked extra hard to keep cargo moving in and out of our port, provide services to our cruise customers who are going through incredibly trying times, and all the while keeping the Port running safely and securely. We salute our maritime industry employees and are extremely proud of their service.


Maritime Employee Spotlights

Captain Lyle Donovan has been a San Diego Bay pilot since 2004 and is a 1981 graduate of the California Maritime Academy. Captain Donovan, along with Captains Bill Bartsch and Mark Jennings, make up the San Diego Bay Pilots Association, which is authorized by the Board of Port Commissioners to provide piloting services to vessels entering, leaving or shifting within the Port of San Diego. Captain Lou Castagnola, who primarily works as a United States Navy vessel pilot, also provides relief pilot services for the San Diego Bay Pilots Association.  


San Diego Bay Harbor Pilot on his boat
project cargo at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal

Meet the Working Waterfront


Marine terminals

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.
map with the location of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal

Marine Terminals

Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal
  • Bananas/Pineapples
  • Aggregates
  • Sugar
  • Specialty Cargo
National City Marine Terminal
  • Automobiles
Broadway Pier & Port Pavilion
  • Cruise Ship Terminals

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Marine Terminal Redevelopment plans

Photo Gallery - San Diego's Working Waterfront

San Diego Bay Working Waterfront Map:

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