'Our efforts to make PortMiami shore power ready are moving full steam ahead thanks to the incredible work of the PortMiami team, [Florida Power and Light] and the commitment of Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group,' Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
'Our goal is to continue ensuring PortMiami is a leader in sustainability and to shape a more resilient cruise industry that prioritizes the protection of our environment,' she continued. 'We are proud of this big step and look forward to working with other cruise companies for the second phase of this project to make the Cruise Capital of the World more sustainable.'
Follows February commitment
In February Levine Cava launched an initiative to bring shore power to PortMiami in collaboration with Miami-Dade's major cruise line partners.
Since then, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean Group have agreed to launch Phase 1 of this program for connections at Terminals A and F. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act announced a $2m grant for this first phase.
Phase 1 actions
Phase 1 will transform the power levels at the port from the electrical grid to cable management systems for the heavy plugs and outlets on the vessels. This system requires each party to implement improvements to the electrical grid and supply lines, equipment on the pier and shore-to-ship connection on the vessel.
PortMiami is also working with other cruise line partners to ensure their designated berths have shore power connectivity as part of Phase 2.