Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that Miami-Dade County signed a joint statement with six cruise companies – Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Virgin Voyages – and Florida Power and Light to bring shore power to PortMiami.
The letter is a crucial first step to begin the process of implementing shore power at PortMiami. The Mayor’s office will convene a working group with representatives of each company to work toward an initial installation and eventually a full rollout in the years to come.
This is a major win for our Port, the environment, the entire region, and the state of Florida, and I’m incredibly proud to deliver on my commitment to bring shore power to our community with this initiative. The goal is to make PortMiami the first seaport in the State of Florida and the southeastern United States to provide shore power hookup – not just the cruise capital of the world but a leader in sustainability
stated Mayor Levine Cava.
The installation of shore power will require specially designed power transformers at the dock as well as a system of cables, circuit breakers, and control circuits.
As of now it is unclear how many of the current cruise ships scheduled to operate from Miami have shore power capabilities installed or if the cruise lines would also have to commit to retrofit their vessels.