Friday, January 19, 2018

San Francisco Seeks New Operator for Shipyard

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Francisco plans to re-issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) with broader parameters for a new operator of the Pier 70 shipyard in hope that the port commission could consider it on February 27.

The port only received three responses to the first RFP release in August, but found only one deemed responsive.

Port officials believe the new RFP will draw a larger bidding pool as it may offer more flexibility in developing proposals. Allowing for possible public investment in the shipyard’s infrastructure, as well as consideration for capital equipment ownership transfer to help pay for needed facility improvements are two of the options not included in the previous RFP that could make a difference. Since the former shipyard operator halted operations in May, the port has been absorbing the cost to maintain the Pier 70 shipyard while looking for a new operator.

The Pier 70 shipyard is vital in supporting the area’s “growing passenger cruise industry, government and defense fleets, the domestic oil refineries business, and regional Bay Area maritime passenger and harbor service support vessels,” according to the port.