Ships Docked At PortMiami Are Spewing Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution Into Miami’s Air, But Shore Power Still Isn’t Being Built

PortMiami is now undergoing a massive expansion program that will bring more and bigger ships – but there are no plans for a plug in solution called shore power that could eliminate one of the biggest sources of pollution in the city.

A single cruise ship docked for one day at the port can spew diesel exhaust equivalent to 34,400 idling tractor trailers, according to an analysis confirmed by the EPA. In Miami, as many as nine ships are docked in a day, which could equal as many as 309,600 running trucks.

At the much smaller port of Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York, an analysis said that the port contributes up to 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide, 25 tons of nitrous oxide, and tons of hazardous particulate matter there, according to the New York Times. Miami likely sees much higher levels of pollution than that from cruise ships due to its size.

Many ports around the world are requiring ships to plug in to electrical connection called shore power, which eliminates the air pollution, the Times wrote.

At PortMiami, which sits in close proximity to some of the most valuable real estate in the city, there are no such plans – despite up to $1.5 billion now being invested there. The Miami Herald quoted PortMiami’s director as saying that shore power “didn’t come up” in negotiations to build multiple new terminals now under construction or planned.

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

The article we’ve all been waiting for. Thanks Editor!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Why didn’t shorepower come up during negotiations with 5+ cruise lines?

Anonymous
8 months ago

It didn’t come up… ?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Because they will most likely use LNG.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Of the 40 or so cruise ships to visit each week how many run on LNG? zero.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Small thinkers at the city. That’s why. Experts in ripping off developers only.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Shore power!

Anonymous
8 months ago

It Shore did take them a long time to talk about this.

Anonymous
8 months ago

SHORE POWER! Yesss finally aarghhh…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Finally!!!

Anonymous
8 months ago

The Miami Herald quoted PortMiami’s director as saying that shore power “DIDN’T COME UP” ?????!!!!!!!!!! in negotiations to build multiple new terminals now under construction or planned. #PRISONFORCROOKEDPOLITICIANS

Anonymous
8 months ago

Shore power? Did somebody say shore power?? SHORE POWER???? SHORE POWER!?!?!?!

Anonymous
8 months ago

We want a lot of Shore Power.. whatever that means.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Well, I’m not Shore about that….

Anonymous
8 months ago

How much are you willing to pay Carollo?

Anonymous
8 months ago

If you don’t like Carollo’s job performance don’t just complain, run for the office then.

Anonymous
8 months ago

and dumping tons of waste in the sea while in cruise
sick

Anonymous
8 months ago

Port Miami Shore need to get on doing something about that.

Anonymous
8 months ago

And you guys love to rip ShorePowerMan !!!!???? This is serious SHITE !!!!

Anonymous
8 months ago

I have come for the memes

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s really terrible. I live with a full view of the Port and I’ve watched the ships just sit there spewing these dark clouds of pollution. On a busy port day there is literally a brownish haze hovering from funnel to funnel.

Typical short sightedness from our local officials not to mandate shore power.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Unfortunately the organe trumpet doesn’t believe in the EPA, soon we’ll all have lung cancer.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Funny, I don’t remember any past President attacking the tourism industry demanding ships be powered by shore power. Lay off the weed, because that WILL give you cancer.

Anonymous
8 months ago

why don’t you go swimming in the waste that cruise ships routinely spew in the waters around their ports of call !!

Anonymous
8 months ago

need the cruise ships to be outfitted with the plug in for shore power as well or this wouldn’t matter

Anonymous
8 months ago

Most vessels usually are equipped with the plugs.

Marcus
8 months ago

I’m sure the longshoremen Or stevedores had a hand in blocking this is why “it never came up”

Anonymous
8 months ago

I work for one of the container terminals and this has nothing to do with the longshoremen, If anything they would support it because it could mean more union jobs to connect it. Transferred here from LA and we installed shore power before I left 6 years ago, the ships that don’t have the connection get retrofitted, it’s common now. This is purely on the city not making it a priority.

Anonymous
8 months ago

You must know by now since you transferred from LA most likely for job reasons only the only priority here is money and who gets it.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I worked on a cruise ship for a few months. They are the dirtiest polluters. The cruise lines do not pay any income taxes, since they shelter it offshore. They should pay for a cleaner solution right away and stop polluting our city.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Solution? Other ports seem to be enforcing shore power… how do we get PortMiami to?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Meanwhile, Forbes Magizine consistently ranks Miami one of the cleanest cities in the US, occasionally the #1 cleanest.

In just one post, TNM was a crowd pleaser with the Shore Mention, and then sunk down to Miami Herald level “outrage”.

Not Gene
8 months ago

So I guess the amount of sewage spills that happen in our waterways is also clean? I would be skeptical of any listicle or ranking-type article. They’re often non-scientific and a menagerie of varying third party rankings to “create” a “new” list or rank unique to their organization.

Pete Lopez
8 months ago

I live close by the Port of Miami and drive to and from Miami beach on the causeway next to the port where you can see the ships docked and there’s no pollution coming from these ships like it’s written, sure when the ships leave port you then see smoke coming from them. I think shore power would be a good thing but this article is so exaggerated too.

Not Gene
8 months ago

Carbon Monoxide and other GHGs are mostly invisible to the naked human eye. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Anonymous
8 months ago

True. Having lived on Hibiscus Island for I was always amazed at how clean the port was all the time period. Yes furthermore all the rich people called it an eyesore so they planted these hedges along the waterfront. The hedges grew so fast so tall and so green it was unbelievable to me.
(Must be the Co2)

Anonymous
8 months ago

Here a great documentary featuring Miami & man made GHG’s.
https://youtu.be/oYhCQv5tNsQ

Anonymous
8 months ago

You might want to get your eyes checked out before driving again and keep your windows closed when ships are in port. There is clearly visible emissions and often thick white, brown and/or black plumes (which usually blow right into downtown with the normal east winds).

Anonymous
8 months ago

Um, the wind would have to blow west for emissions from ships to get downtown.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes, that is what an east wind does. It blows from east to west.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Okayyy science professor…..

Anonymous
8 months ago

Like
Really

Anonymous
8 months ago

The container ships are constantly spewing out exhaust the entire time there alongside to power the ship, at no time is it not running. You see the smoke more when they leave because they power the engines to leave.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I live across form the Port. There is absolutely a clear hazy of pollution on a busy port day. It’s becoming more and more noticeable.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Agreed. It’s almost as if the newer ships are dirtier!