US - Renewed Interest in Shore Power for Cruise Lines and Ports
Shore power is gaining traction again with several ports announcing new installations. The renewed interest is driven by environmental concerns combined with legislative requirements and financial incentives in the form of grants.
In Florida, Miami-Dade County signed a letter of intent with six cruise lines and Florida Power and Light in February to bring shore power to the port with a $2 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act.
On the West Coast, San Diego is doubling shore power capability at its B Street and Broadway Pier terminals where two ships will be able to plug in at the same time, tapping into 12 MW for each. The goal is to complete the shore power expansion by September 2022, four months ahead of California regulations that essentially will require all cruise ships calling in the state to use shore power, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has also announced that it will pursue plans to install power at the Victoria Cruise Terminal.
Other West Coast turnaround cruise ports also offer shore power, although not necessarily at all berths. The only installation in Alaska, however, is in Juneau which pioneered the concept together with Princess Cruises in 2001.
In Europe, the EU parliament has called for a ban on all greenhouse gas emissions from ships 5,000 tons and larger while at berth to go into effect by 2030, following a previous directive to install shore-side electricity supply at major ports by 2025.