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San Francisco mayor celebrates completion of new cruise ship terminal

By Han Shasha (People's Daily Online)

09:39, February 27, 2013

San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee made a speech at the completion of Phase One of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 on Feb. 26, 2013.(Photo/People's Daily Online)

San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee today celebrated the completion of Phase One of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, which will be used as the headquarters for the 34th America's Cup Races in 2013.

"The new Cruise Terminal is a legacy project that will not only boost tourism and create jobs this summer during the America's Cup races, but it will welcome visitors and residents to our waterfront for generations to come," said Mayor Lee. "This major infrastructure project that is being delivered on time and on budget is the centerpiece of the America's Cup Park and when it begins serving the cruise industry next year, it will provide a significant economic impact to our City."

After the America's Cup event in 2013, the Port will complete the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal by 2014 (Phase 2) to make it operational for cruise ships, and create a new 2.5 acre public park known as the Northeast Wharf Plaza.

"With its expansive vistas and centralized waterfront location, the new James R Herman Cruise Terminal is the perfect picture frame for all that is both iconic and exciting about San Francisco: from the spires of the Bay Bridge and Ferry Building, to the Transamerica Building and Coit Tower and the wonderful homes nestled into Telegraph Hill," said Port Director Monique Moyer. "From the moment of arrival, visitors will be beckoned out to the experience that is San Francisco."

The new Cruise Terminal will be sized to handle vessels up to 1,200 feet long and carrying 2,600 passengers and has the capacity at key areas to allow it to service vessels carrying as many as 5,000 passengers. On non-cruise days, the terminal will be used as a special event facility.

The Pier 27 Cruise Terminal is to be named in honor of James R. Herman, former Port Commissioner and President of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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