The Port of San Diego will host a month-long celebration of Maritime Month in May, recognizing the industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship.

The theme of Maritime Month 2016 is “Ships Bring Prosperity.” According to the port, San Diego Bay’s natural deep water makes it an ideal location for cargo terminals to import and export goods from throughout the globe. Cargo, including bananas, automobiles, steel, lumber, cement, soda ash and project components have a significant impact to the region’s economy.

In San Diego, industrial and maritime commerce and related industries around the port contribute $3.5 billion to the region’s economy and generate 12,800 waterfront jobs.

Special events are planned for Maritime Month to give the public an upfront and personal opportunity to experience the working waterfront. Free public bus and boat tours will feature detailed narrative on the working waterfront including cargo operations, cruise facilities, shipyards, and associated vessels calling on the Port.