A container of fresh fruit is unloaded from a ship at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. Courtesy Port of San Diego

A new report finds that the Port of San Diego drives $8.3 billion in total economic output and supports 68,300 local job.

The report prepared by Oakland-based Economic & Planning Systems for the San Diego Unified Port District and released Wednesday examined the sprawling port’s impact in 2015.

“This study reinforces what we see every day on the working waterfront; the Port of San Diego is an economic engine for the San Diego region and its impact continues to grow,” said Port Chairman Marshall Merrifield.

The study found a 9 percent increase in economic impact compared to 2013 as cruise and cargo business increased, and development of the waterfront continued.

Among other findings:

  • Some 1.8 million tons of cargo moved through the Port’s Tenth Avenue and National City marine terminals
  • There were 77 cruise ship calls, with each injecting between $600,000 and $2 million into the local economy
  • Industrial and maritime commerce is a significant, but tourism and commercial activity supports more jobs and economic output
  • There are now 14 major waterfront hotels and resorts offering nearly 8,000 rooms
  • The port generates more than $100 million in combined tax revenues for Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego

The port, a public benefit corporation and regional government agency, administers 2,500 acres of land along 33 miles of waterfront.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.