The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Miami-Dade County’s request to help reduce pollution from cruise ships. The federal agency has given the green light for a $2 million grant to build a shore-power hookup at PortMiami to allow cruise ships to plug into the local electrical grid when they are docked, instead of idling their engines. This will be the first shore-power hookup in the southeastern U.S., and it is expected to be up and running at Carnival Cruise Line’s Terminal F by October 2023.
“We are committed not just to bringing back cruising in the months ahead, but to building back a more resilient cruise industry and continuing to make the Port a leader in sustainability,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
EPA data and the agency’s shore-power calculator show shore-power could reduce carbon emissions at PortMiami by about 35 percent. Emissions dangerous to human health, including sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide, could be cut by 67 percent and 99 percent, respectively. The emissions reduction will help with the county’s goal to cut the amount of planet heating gasses released from PortMiami by 25 percent by 2030 as part of Miami-Dade’s Climate Action Strategy.