Environmental Protection Agency’s DERA (USA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) announced a US$2 million allocation for PortMiami Florida's Shore Power Pilot Program.
The pilot program announced in March 2021 will be in partnership with CCL-Carnival Cruise Line at the new Cruise Terminal F.
Shoreside power allows ships to turn off their primary engines while docked, which is resulting in reduced air emissions. Pending completion of the pilot program study as well as the necessary infrastructure work, Carnival will commit to utilizing shore power for up to 4 vessels at Cruise Terminal F, starting in 2023.
In February 2021, Miami-Dade County signed a joint statement with 6 leading cruise companies, including Carnival Corporation, DCL-Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group, Virgin Voyages, and Florida Power & Light to bring shore power to PortMiami FL.
Although the endeavor might represent significant financial investments by the parties involved, the grant helps offset the initial costs towards shore power at PortMiami.
The mission of Miami-Dade County is to operate one of the most active seaports in Florida in a way that supports sustainability and economic development. Recent capital and infrastructure projects include other programs aimed at reducing emissions and building resiliency, including the electrification of the cargo gantry cranes; the Port of Miami Tunnel, eliminating an estimated 22,000 vehicles from downtown Miami streets; and the infrastructure to accommodate 6 electric rubber-tired gantries, each featuring 100% electric power system, within the cargo yards.