Port of San Diego CEO, Board Member Resign

Port of San Diego CEO, Board Member Resign

Six months after being unexpectedly placed on leave, Joe Stuyvesant has stepped down as president and CEO of the Port of San Diego, a role he had served in since February 2021. Days later a longtime port commissioner, Rafael Castellanos, also resigned. Both officials’ departures were effective immediately. Stuyvesant, who was placed on administrative leave in July, officially ended his tenure Jan. 21 after the Board of Port Commissioners accepted his resignation. When asked why Stuyvesant was placed on paid administrative leave, a port official told PMM Online last summer that the POSD was unable to provide additional information, as…
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Port of San Diego Approves Pier Improvement Project

Port of San Diego Approves Pier Improvement Project

The Port of San Diego is moving forward on a $1.5 million utility piping and pile replacement project at Imperial Beach Pier. Port commissioners approved the improvement project Oct. 10, and hired San Diego-based Reyes Construction to do the work, which would involve replacing two piles, repairing utility lines and conduits, rewiring lighting and electrical panels, removing corrosion and other related improvements. The project is part of the port’s larger investment in Imperial Beach Pier. The POSD has spent about $3.5 million on the pier since 2020, including new artistic activity placards, distance markers encouraging the public to walk the…
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U.S. Navy Releasing Leased Acreage to Port of San Diego

U.S. Navy Releasing Leased Acreage to Port of San Diego

The U.S. Navy has agreed to relinquish its lease of a 3.4-acre site to the Port of San Diego, paving the way for potential commercial and recreational development along the North Embarcadero, the port revealed Sept. 12. The two sides struck a deal on the 1220 Pacific Highway property that the port inherited from the city of San Diego that the Navy has leased since 1949. The lease was to expire in 2049, but the deal allows the port to be able to use the land now for possible development. Under the lease termination agreement, the port would offer $5.75…
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Southern California Ports Avoid Tropical Storm Damage

Southern California Ports Avoid Tropical Storm Damage

The major seaports in Southern California mostly avoided being damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary, a downgraded hurricane that blew over much of the western parts of the state last weekend. Between the ports in San Diego, Long Beach and Los Angeles, none reported suffering any noteworthy damage. “The Los Angeles Harbor Department is fully operational with no reported impacts at this time,” the Port of L.A. said in an Aug. 21 statement. “Container terminals are open and operating.” The POLA also said in the same statement that the Los Angeles Pilot Service is monitoring commercial traffic and working with the…
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Port of San Diego CEO Put On Paid Leave; Interim Leader Appointed

Port of San Diego CEO Put On Paid Leave; Interim Leader Appointed

Randa Coniglio, who previously served as the Port of San Diego’s first female president and CEO, returned to the leadership role July 17 after former President and CEO Joe Stuyvesant was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. During closed session July 14, port commissioners appointed Coniglio as acting president and CEO “for an undetermined amount of time,” according to port Public Information Officer Brianne Page. The closed session took place with a 24-hour notice, the port said. Board Chairman Rafael Castellanos did not participate because of a personal commitment and Board Vice Chair Sandy Naranjo recused herself from participating.…
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Port of San Diego Debuts Two Cruise Ships Using Shore Power at Same Time

Port of San Diego Debuts Two Cruise Ships Using Shore Power at Same Time

The Port of San Diego is now able to accommodate two cruise ships using shore power at the same time. The seaport announced Jan. 13 that it was able to allow two cruise vessels, the Disney Wonder and the Insignia, to simultaneously plug into shore power for the first time. The port, which debuted in 2010 its first shore power outlet for cruise terminals, was able to double its plug-in capacity, thanks to a $4.6 million port investment to finish the project with the help of Cochrane Marine, LLC and San Diego County-based Baker Electric, Inc. “Having two shore power…
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Port of San Diego To Discuss 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego Project

Port of San Diego To Discuss 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego Project

The seven-member Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners is set to meet at 1 p.m. today to hear public feedback on 1HWY1’s Seaport San Diego project being considered for the redevelopment of the Central Embarcadero, prime San Diego Bay waterfront real estate that encompasses Seaport Village and surrounding spots between the Manchester Grand Hyatt and USS Midway. Port staff are expected to ask the board at the meeting to commence the environmental review required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Since being selected by the port in 2016, the 1HWY1 development team has been honing its proposal, which…
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San Diego Port Commissioner Named Among Top 50 Influential Latino Leaders

San Diego Port Commissioner Named Among Top 50 Influential Latino Leaders

Port of San Diego Commissioner Rafael Castellanos has been honored among the Top 50 Latino Leaders of Influence 2022 by the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Castellanos, who was honored Oct. 11 at a ceremony at The University Club in San Diego, has been a port commissioner since 2013, serving a term as chairman in 2018. He is a partner with law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP, where he specializes in commercial real estate and business transactional law. During his time on the commission, Castellanos has been…
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Port of San Diego Teams on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Green Initiative

Port of San Diego Teams on ‘First-of-its-Kind’ Green Initiative

The Port of San Diego and Navy Region Southwest have announced a “first-of-its-kind partnership” that would allow the U.S. Navy access to take part in California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LFCS) market, paving the way for millions of dollars to electrify Naval Base San Diego and the port. Navy and port representatives made it official at a Sept. 20 Intergovernmental Support Agreement signing at Cesar Chavez Park in San Diego. The collaboration marks the Department of Defense’s first time in taking part in this type of carbon-lowering effort, enabling the navy to generate LCFS credits while vessels plug into shore…
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San Diego Port Anticipating Its Busiest Cruise Season Since 2010

San Diego Port Anticipating Its Busiest Cruise Season Since 2010

The Port of San Diego’s new cruise season has set sail and business is bouncing back, according to the POSD. This season is poised to be the port’s busiest since 2010 with 140 cruises scheduled, up 45% from 2021, with all sailings at or near full capacity, bringing about 460,000 passengers. San Diego is California’s third busiest cruise port after Long Beach and Los Angeles. “The Port of San Diego’s cruise business is definitely experiencing a rebound and we expect continued growth,” Port of San Diego Chairman Dan Malcolm said. “We’re pleased to be welcoming our cruise customers back to…
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