Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. which operates NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, announced that its new state-of-the-art Norwegian flagship terminal at PortMiami (Florida USA) had received an honorary recognition as the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold New Construction v4.0 cruise terminal in Florida, the U.S., and the world.
Developed by the Green Building Council U.S., LEED is the world's most widely used green building rating system. LEED certification is a recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED for Building Design & Construction, specifically New Construction, provides a framework for building a holistic green building while addressing both construction and design activities.
The state-of-the-art cruise ship terminal often dubbed as the “Pearl of Miami” welcomed passengers for the first time in August last year upon the Company’s return to service in the United States with Norwegian Gem. The 188,000-square-foot (17,466 m2) terminal, which can accommodate cruise ships carrying up to 5,000 cruisers, was designed with sustainability and innovation at the forefront. The team created a platform optimizing the terminal’s indoor air quality, water efficiencies, energy performance, utilization of local materials and resources.
The project has been designed to perform 38% better than the average building. In addition to water quality permits and protections, the cruise terminal includes pollution discharge protections. It plans to have shore power capabilities by 2023 fall.