|November 11, 2016
Anthony Hogrebe/ Amy Varghese (NYCEDC) (212) 312-3523/ firstname.lastname@example.org
NYCEDC Announces Shore Power at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced that shore power at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is fully operational and ready for ships to connect.
Shore power, also known as “cold ironing,” enables ships to turn off their diesel engines while at port and connect to the local electrical grid in order to power all onboard services, including lighting, HVAC, and elevators/escalators. By conserving fuel that would otherwise be used to power vessels while in port, the shore power system will reduce air pollution from cruise vessel emissions and eliminate 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 95 tons of nitrous oxide, and 6.5 tons of particulate matter annually. The health benefits associated with improved air quality will generate approximately $99 million in cumulative savings over 15 years.
“After years of staunch advocacy by local residents and elected officials, shore power is up and running at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “The system will allow ships to cut harmful fuel emissions while at port and drastically improve health and quality of life in the surrounding community.”
"By reducing emissions, Shore Power will bring significant environmental and health benefits to our community. I am proud to see us taking this step - an important example of federal EPA dollars at work. This advancement will mean Brooklyn families and children can breathe a little easier,” said Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez.
“Shore power is a big win for the people of Red Hook. This improvement at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal sets three important examples. First, City agencies will respond when community advocacy is strong. Second, New York can have thriving maritime operations and be environmentally responsible. Third, investments in smart infrastructure create economic benefits for the entire City. I thank the EDC and Red Hook residents for setting an example we should follow in all maritime and manufacturing areas,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca.
The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is the second cruise terminal on the East coast to have shore power capability. The New York City Economic Development Corporation took over management of shore power at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal from the Port Authority in September 2016. The next scheduled connection to the shore power system is the Queen Mary 2’s call at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on Saturday, November 12th.
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