By Katie Schoenauer, World Trade Center San Diego
For eighty-three years May 22 has been proclaimed as National Maritime Day in order to honor the transatlantic trip the SS Savannah undertook – the first ever steamship to do this. It is also a day to recognize and celebrate the nation’s maritime industry.
“On this 83rd annual National Maritime Day, I not only salute the men and women who comprise our Merchant Marine for their dedicated efforts to furthering trade and security; but remind all that we are a Nation dependent on ocean borne international trade and we must work diligently to assure our domestic ports and intermodal networks are sufficient to continue to bring benefits to American consumers and exporters." – Chairman Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission
Extending National Maritime Day, the Port of San Diego declared the entire month of May as Maritime Month to celebrate an industry that plays a vital role in ensuring San Diego’s regional economic success. The following are just a few industry highlights:
Additionally, the Port of San Diego’s major planning projects are being recognized by the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s (SDAF) CONTEXT forum with “A Day on the Bay” on June 2.
“The Port is place-making on a breathtakingly grand scale spanning more than 5,300 acres touching five cities, and looking far into the future. What the Bayfront will become in the decades ahead is of unique interest to our constituents, as well as a much broader audience” – Margit E. Whitlock, SDAF Board Member
Given that May is also World Trade Month, we have been reflecting on San Diego’s efforts to best position itself for global economic connectivity. The Go Global San Diego Initiative lays out strategies to convert broad objectives into actionable approaches. One such strategy is to maximize infrastructure assets, with a major tactic being to “increase exports through the Port of San Diego.” The Port’s continued effort to grow the maritime industry helps maximize the extent to which the region’s infrastructure assets are resources for both importers and exporters, keeping San Diego globally connected.