Shore side power at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in New York has installed shore power, only the second US Atlantic coast cruise terminal after Halifax in Nova Scotia, to do so.
According to the New York City Economic Development Corporation that operates the terminal, the connection is calculated to cut 1,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide, 95 tonnes of nitrous oxide and 6.5 tonnes of particulate matter annually.
The costs are subsidised in part by the EDC and the New York Power Authority, with Carnival Cruises picking up the rest.
A key element in community groups around the terminal’s Red Hook neighborhood pushing for shore power was that the Port Authority of NY/NJ estimates that improvement to air quality could yield public health benefits of US$99 million over 15 years.
Although California is pushing to have shore power and equivalent emission reductions for 90% of ships in its ports by 2020, there are no East Coast shore power terminals for container vessels as yet.
Over and above shore power, the port authority has a commitment to maintaining an environmentally friendly fleet of vehicles with 2,000 (85% of its entire fleet) of its on-road and off-road vehicles using alternative fuels, eliminating more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the air annually.
In addition to its fleet maintenance, the agency’s Central Automotive Division said it integrates green and efficient practices into daily operations through the use of green cleaning products, oil testing equipment and is currently experimenting with soy as an alternate cleaning lubricant.