Shore Power is now officially in progress at PortMiami after six major cruise lines agreed to work on the project, Miami-Dade’s mayor announced today, according to the Herald’s Taylor Dolven.
The technology could reduce or eliminate pollution from cruise ships while in port, allowing ships to hook up to the electrical grid rather than burn their engines and emit smog.
Recently elected Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has said it is one of the priorities of her new administration.
Financing and other details still need to be worked out. The cost to install each shore power hookup is about $20 million, plus another few million for power lines and substation costs.
Florida Power & Light has also agreed to work on the project.
Miami would become the first port in Florida and the southeastern U.S. to offer the technology, the mayor wrote.