Seattle expands its shore power

Port of Seattle The Port of Seattle aims to electrify more of its facilities to reduce its carbon footprint. Credit: Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle commissioners have approved a funding plan to bring shore power to the port’s current cruise berth at Pier 66, provide shore power at the cargo-handling Terminal 5 and support research and development to further electrify the Seattle waterfront.

The port already provides shore power at two Terminal 91 cruise berths and these new investments are part of Governor of Washington Jay Inslee’s ‘Maritime Blue Strategy’, which aims to make Washington State home to a world-class, thriving and sustainable maritime industry by 2050.

"The Port is committed to creating a competitive maritime gateway, based on industry and labor prospering while decreasing their carbon intensity and environmental footprint,” said Commissioner Felleman, representing the Port of Seattle on the Innovation Advisory Council.

Innovation centre

The Maritime Blue strategy calls for a maritime innovation centre on port property for research and development and commercialisation of innovation technology through public/private partnerships. The strategy also calls for greater electrification of maritime facilities to improve community and environmental health and create more opportunities on the working waterfront.

Port of Seattle commissioners included funding plans for both projects in their 2019-2023 budget blueprint, approved in November 2018.

Reduction in carbon emissions by transition into electrification and renewable fuels has been a priority, stated the port, which is also in the process of installing solar cells on several of its buildings and has started a “blue carbon” pilot project that uses marine plants and shellfish to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and Puget Sound waters.

Port of Seattle is part of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.



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