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EPA awards funds for Carnival's shore power pilot at PortMiami

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Shore power will go in at Carnival's new Terminal F at PortMiami. Shown here is the groundbreaking ceremony
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) announced a $2m allocation for PortMiami’s Shore Power Pilot Program.

This program, announced in March, will be in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line at the new Cruise Terminal F.

Up to four vessels starting in 2023

Pending the completion of the pilot program study and the necessary infrastructure work, Carnival will commit to using shore power for up to four vessels at the new terminal, starting in 2023.

In February, Miami-Dade County signed a joint statement with Carnival Corp. & plc, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Group and Virgin Voyages as well as Florida Power and Light to bring shore power to PortMiami.

Significant investment

Although this endeavor may represent significant financial investments by all parties involved, the DERA grant helps offset the initial costs.

'We’re so proud that efforts to bring shore power to PortMiami are quickly progressing,' Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. 'This DERA grant will help us fund shore power infrastructure making PortMiami the first seaport in Florida and the southeastern United States to provide this connection.'

Carnival President Christine Duffy applauded the mayor for her leadership, adding: 'In combination with our Terminal F project and the Carnival Celebration LNG ship we are bringing to Miami in 2022, the DERA grant provides additional momentum to the shared goal of enhanced environmental operations.'

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