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Port of Redwood City to open new wharf: $17M modernization project meets new standards
April 23, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Photo courtesy of Manson Construction
The Port of Redwood City’s modernized wharf is located on the northern end of the Redwood Harbor Ship Channel and is situated between a Cemex cement marine terminal and a Sims Metals scrap iron terminal.

The Port of Redwood City’s $17 million modernized wharf, the first of its kind for cargo ships in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets the latest operational, seismic and sea level design standards for both it and adjacent shoreline, will be dedicated and opened Wednesday.

The modernized wharf replaced a 60-year-old World War II era wooden wharf with a new bulk handling concrete wharf designed to meet present demands. The wharf will be used to dock dry bulk ships of a size known as “Panamax,” the largest ships currently able to pass through the Panama Canal. From the deck of the new wharf, mobile cranes and large hoppers will be able to load/unload ships. Thirty-foot-wide concrete ramps connect the wharf to the shore, according to port officials.

Construction began in September 2012 with the demolition of the old wooden Wharves 1 and 2 and the adjacent warehouse. A 950-foot-long seawall designed to meet storm surges and predicted sea level rise has been built along the shore of the port adjacent to the modernized wharf. Additional project improvements include a new 2,100 square-foot longshoreman’s building, upgraded water/electrical utilities, new seismic monitoring equipment, new security fencing and gates, exterior lighting and parking, according to port officials.

The new concrete wharf is located on the northern end of the Redwood Harbor Ship Channel and is situated between a Cemex cement marine terminal and a Sims Metals scrap iron terminal. The new portion of the wharves is approximately 430 feet long and 60 feet wide with two access ramps located at the north and south edges of the wharf. It is also two feet higher to account to any sea level rise, according to port officials.

The project was financed by a $10 million 2012 Port Revenue Bond and Port capital project reserves, which has been set aside for years in planning for construction of this new wharf, according to port officials.

The 10:30 a.m. dedication ceremony will feature presentations by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee and Port Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop. The Port of Redwood City is located at 675 Seaport Blvd., in Redwood City.

 

 

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