Shore power coming to Seattle's Pier 66

Norwegian Bliss alongside at Pier 66 during the ship's 2018 inaugural season Norwegian Bliss alongside at Pier 66 during the ship's 2018 inaugural season

Port of Seattle Commissioners approved a funding plan to bring shore power to the current cruise berth at Pier 66.

The port already provides shore power at two Terminal 91 cruise berths.

Maritime Blue Strategy

This week the Port of Seattle joined with a broad range of maritime stakeholders in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s ‘Maritime Blue Strategy’ for the official kickoff at Pier 66. The strategy aims to advance the region’s maritime-based, 'blue economy' through increased collaboration to promote innovation and sustainable practices that support a competitive gateway with a 21st century workforce.

The strategy aims to make Washington state home to a world-class, thriving and sustainable maritime industry by 2050 in partnership with business, academic and research institutions, ports, labor and community organizations.

Maritime Innovation Center

The Maritime Blue strategy calls for a Maritime Innovation Center on port property—possibly at Fishermen’s Terminal—for research and development and commercialization of innovation technology through public/private partnerships. The strategy also calls for greater electrification of maritime facilities to improve community and environmental health and create more opportunities on the working waterfront.

Environmental demonstration projects to reduce carbon emissions have been a key source of innovation at the Port of Seattle. Reduction in emissions by transition into electrification and renewable fuels has been a priority. The port is also in the process of installing solar cells on several buildings and has started a 'blue carbon' pilot project that uses marine plants and shellfish to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and Puget Sound waters.

Posted 10 January 2019

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Anne Kalosh

Editor, Seatrade Cruise News & Senior Associate Editor Seatrade Cruise Review