Miami-Dade County has signed a joint statement with six cruise companies – Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Virgin Voyages – and Florida Power and Light to bring shore power to PortMiami.
The letter is said to be a ‘crucial first step’ to begin the process of implementing shore power at the Floridian port.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s office will convene a working group with representatives of each company to work toward an initial installation and eventually a full rollout in the years to come.
‘This is a major win for our Port, the environment, the entire region, and the state of Florida, and I’m incredibly proud to deliver on my commitment to bring shore power to our community with this initiative,’ said Mayor Levine Cava. ‘The goal is to make PortMiami the first seaport in the State of Florida and the south-eastern United States to provide shore power hook-up – not just the cruise capital of the world but a leader in sustainability.’
Entrepreneur and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is helping lead this initiative as a volunteer special advisor focused on the future of cruising, working with the Mayor’s office, the Port, and cruise companies.
Mayor Philip Levine said: ‘I’m proud to work with Mayor Levine Cava, her team, and our cruise partners on this milestone initiative for Miami-Dade. I’m looking forward to working with the County to build a more resilient future for our cruising industry and springboard our economic recovery, as we look to the safe return of cruising in coming months.’