NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced it had partnered with Miami-Dade County in order to make the Pearl of Miami, its new state-of-the-art Cruise Terminal B, and certain homeported shorepower-ready ships by fall 2023.
PortMiami's Terminal B is a new facility that can handle cruise liners with max passenger capacity 5000. The terminal has been designed with sustainability at the forefront and was built to LEED Gold standards for "optimizing energy, water efficiency, air quality, and utilization of local materials and resources."
~90% of all subcontractors, suppliers, and vendors were local to the region, thus encouraging local economic growth.
The announcement follows the recent launch of the company's redesigned global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain. NCLH recently unveiled a long-term climate action strategy and its goal to reach carbon neutrality via reducing carbon intensity, investing in technology including exploring alternative fuels, implementing a voluntary carbon offset program.
NCLH is purchasing high-quality, verified carbon credits to offset 3 million MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) and help bridge the gap in the decarbonization efforts until innovative technology becomes available.
In February 2021, Mayor Levine Cava launched an initiative bringing shore-power to PortMiami, collaborating with Miami-Dade’s cruise line partners. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act unveiled a USD 2 million grant allocation for the first phase.