Miami-Dade County, in partnership with Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), Carnival Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Group, will be ‘shore power ready’ at PortMiami by the Autumn of 2023.
Cruise Terminal F, currently undergoing a significant expansion programme for Carnival and Cruise Terminal A, Royal Caribbean’s signature Crown of Miami, will be the first facilities with shore power capability at the port.
Shore power will allow the ships to turn off their main engines while berthed, resulting in reduced air emissions. Both cruise lines have committed to retrofitting their vessels to utilise this power source.
In February, 2021, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (pictured) launched an initiative to bring shore power to PortMiami in collaboration with Miami-Dade County’s major cruise line partners. The goal was to make Miami the first seaport in Florida and the southeastern US ‘shore power ready’ and a leader in sustainability.
Since then, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group have agreed to launch Phase 1 of this programme for connections at Cruise Terminals A and F. In addition, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act announced a $2 mill grant allocation for Phase 1.
Plans have already begun to be implemented in phases. Phase 1 at Cruise Terminals A and F will switch the power levels at the port from the electrical grid to cable management systems for the heavy plugs and outlets on the vessels.
This system requires each party to implement improvements on the electrical grid and supply lines, shoreside equipment on the pier, and shore-to-ship connection on the cruise ship.
PortMiami is also working with other cruise lines to ensure that their designated berths have shore power connectivity as part of Phase 2.
“Our efforts to make PortMiami ‘shore power ready’ are moving full steam ahead thanks to the incredible work of the PortMiami team, FPL, and the commitment of Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
“Our goal is to continue ensuring PortMiami is a leader in sustainability and to shape a more resilient cruise industry that prioritises the protection of our environment. We are proud of this big step and look forward to working with other cruise companies for the second phase of this project to make the Cruise Capital of the World more sustainable,” she said.
“As a world leader in renewable energy and sustainability, FPL is pleased to be partnering with Miami-Dade County, PortMiami and our renowned cruise line partners to develop an innovative shore power solution that will both lower emissions by shifting to clean power from FPL and drive modernisation,” said Eric Silagy, FPL President and CEO.
“Every day, we deliver America’s best energy value to our customers, energy that’s not just clean and reliable, but also affordable. Now, we are pleased to bring these core values to the cruise industry, as we stand ready to make shore power a reality for PortMiami.”
“In line with our top priorities of compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety, and well-being of our guests, employees, and the people in the communities we touch and serve, we are thrilled to have been one of the first cruise lines to partner with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County in the shore power programme at PortMiami,” said Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line.
“With PortMiami being our busiest homeport and our longstanding relationship with both Miami-Dade and PortMiami, it’s a natural fit to work together to bring this power source to the Cruise Capital of the World.”
“Shore power connectivity allows us to reduce our emissions to near zero while connected in port,” said Richard Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “In partnership with Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County, we’re happy to help bring this technology to our hometown, the Cruise Capital of the World, as part of our sustainability journey and our single-minded focus to be partners to the communities we visit and call home.”
Miami-Dade County’s mission is to operate one of Florida’s most active seaports in a way that supports economic development and sustainability. Recent infrastructure and capital projects include:
• programmes aimed at building resiliency and reducing emissions, including the Port of Miami Tunnel, eliminates an estimated 22,000 vehicles from downtown Miami streets
• new infrastructure accommodates six electric rubber-tired gantries (eRTGs), each featuring 100% electric power system within the cargo yards
• all cargo gantry cranes at PortMiami are electric.