frequently asked questions
What does the Port do?
The Port of Redwood City is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. It provides berths for dry bulk, liquid bulk, and other cargoes. It offers public access to the San Francisco Bay and water recreational opportunities to the region. The Port is home to over 100 tenants and businesses, 5 wharves, the Seaport Conference Center, and much more.
Where is the Port?
The Port Administration Building is located at 675 Seaport Blvd., Redwood City, CA. 94063.
Who governs the Port?
The Port is governed by a five member board of commissioners, appointed by the Redwood City, City Council to serve terms of four years each. To learn more, visit our Port Commission page.
Can I go to the Port?
Yes, the Port offers more than one mile of public waterfront access and a variety of recreational amenities for the community to enjoy, including picnic areas, recreational boat launch and a fishing pier. Learn more about the Port and how it supports the local community on our Community page!
Can anyone attend a Port Commission meeting?
Yes, the Port Commission meetings are open to the public. Meetings take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. Visit our Port Comission page for more information on meetings.
Does the Port recieve funding from the City of Redwood City?
No, the Port does not recieve funding from the City to operate the Port, in fact, 75% of the Port's revenue is generated from maritime operations and the remainder is from commercial rentals and other land-use agreements. The finances of the Port are maintained as a separate budget from the City, and the Port Commission oversees the management of the budget. The Port supports City services through providing an annual subvention and supports additional City services through contract services annually. Visit our Finance page for more about the Port's financial outlook.
What is the proposed Redwood City Ferry Terminal Project?
The Redwood City Ferry Terminal Project is a plan to create public ferry service to the mid-peninsula with Redwood City representing the southernmost hub for the San Francisco Bay Ferry system. This potential service would provide a new transportation alternative connecting the mid-peninsula to San Francisco and the East Bay, reduce automobile traffic, and enhance emergency preparedness for the movement of first responders and supplies by water after a catastrophic event. To learn more, click here.
How does the Port support the local and regional economy?
The Port of Redwood City is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay, with a channel depth of 30 feet mean lower low water (MLLW), offering three deep water berths and five wharves to support international foreign trade and maritime activities to the Silicon Valley region and west coast of the United States. The Port specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. Visit our Economic Impact page for more information.
Does the Port maintain a FEMA designation?
The Port is one of only four Bay Area ports identified as a FEMA Designated Federal Staging Area (FSA). The Port is also designated as a Bulk Fuel Distribution Point and commodity staging for federal disaster response to a regional catastrophic earthquake. The Port conducts full-scale interagency emergency response and recovery drills with the City of Redwood City, San Mateo County, U.S. Coast Guard, and other regional first responders to validate FSA activation. Visit our Partners page for more about the Port's regional and federal partners.