Shore power comes to PortMiami

2024-06-28T17:21:27+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Environment|

Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, celebrated the launch of shore power at PortMiami on 17th June.

Shore power allows cruise ships to turn off their engines and plug into landside electrical power while berthed, resulting in reduced emissions and noise. When berthed, ships need electricity for lights, refrigeration, operating equipment, and other vessel functions.

“As Mayor, I vowed to protect our environment; shore power has been my personal dream and initiative.

“We embarked on this journey in 2021, thanks to an innovative partnership with our major cruise line partners and Florida Power & Light Company,” said Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava.

“Shore power is a great example of progress in tourism and clean energy converging. Together, we are creating jobs, expanding our economy, and preparing to meet the dynamic needs of tomorrow.”

A partnership between Miami-Dade County, Carnival Corp, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Royal Caribbean Group, Virgin Voyages, and Florida Power & Light Co, PortMiami is the first major cruise port on the US eastern seaboard to offer shore power capability at five cruise berths.

This year, 21 cruise ships will be fitted for shore power and will connect in Miami, resulting in more than 350 vessel calls plugging into the shore power system.

“We are committed to being a sustainable global gateway,” said Hydi Webb, PortMiami Director and CEO.

“We thank our Mayor, County Commissioners, and port partners for their continued support of our resilience initiatives.”

Miami-Dade County’s mission is to operate one of Florida’s most active seaports in a way that supports economic development and sustainability.

PortMiami has a $4.2 bill capital improvement programme centred around net zero efforts.