Cruise Companies Strike Deal to Use Shore Power at Port of Miami
By Dave Sebastian
Leaders of cruise operators on Wednesday signed an agreement
with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to work toward
using "shore power" at the Dante B. Fascell Port of Miami-Dade.
Shore power is a mechanism that lets ships turn their diesel
engines off and connect to local electric power from a transformer
at the dock, therefore reducing emissions.
The companies that signed the agreement are Carnival Corp.,
Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Walt
Disney Co.'s Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc. and Virgin
Voyages. Florida Power & Light Co., a Florida-based utility
subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., also signed the agreement.
The agreement comes as cruise operators are nearing a year of
sailing hiatus in the U.S. The timing for U.S. voyages ultimately
depends on receiving a permit from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, which is requiring operators to conduct
mock sailings and apply for a certificate at least 60 days before
offering passenger cruises.
"This may represent a significant financial investment by all
involved," cruise executives, Ms. Levine Cava and Florida Power
& Light's chief executive said in a statement.
The Miami-Dade county government said former Miami Beach Mayor
Philip Levine will advise on the initiative.
The Miami Herald, citing port dock reports, reported earlier
this month that at least 15 ships capable of shore power have
stayed at PortMiami hundreds of times since 2011. Other U.S. ports
including those in Brooklyn, N.Y., Los Angeles and Juneau, Alaska,
have installed shore power, according to the Environmental
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