San Francisco Crows About Becoming the First City in California to Allow Docked Cruise Ships to Use “Shoreside Power”

Take that, Ports of Redwood City, Richmond, Oakland, Long Beach, L.A. and Fun Diego!

Read below for all the deets.

Now, the military, well, it might be a while afore the U.S. Navy gets aboard the whole shore-side power movement. Like, when the USS Bunker Hill visited not too long ago, power for the vessel came 100% from an internal Westinghouse geared steam turbine. Chugga chugga chugga on through the night, powering some of the 250 X-Boxes on board. Oh well.

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Anyway, all the deets of today’s news:

MAYOR NEWSOM AND THE PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO INAUGURATE CRUISE SHIP USING SHORESIDE POWER – San Francisco is first California city where cruise ships can plug in for clean power

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Port of San Francisco today joined Princess Cruises and state and federal agency partners to officially inaugurate shoreside power at Pier 27, allowing Island Princess to shut down her engines and receive clean power from the City’s electrical grid.  The Port of San Francisco became the first California port, and one of only a handful of ports in the world, to provide shoreside electrical power for cruise ships while at berth.

“Once again we are demonstrating that doing right by the environment doesn’t come at the expense of jobs and economic growth,” said Mayor Newsom. “With shoreside power, we can welcome a growing number of cruise ships and the tourist dollars they bring to San Francisco while protecting the Bay and our local air quality.”

Shoreside power results in zero air emissions while a ship is connected in port. This new system is not only the first in the state, but just the fourth in the world. The other cruise ports with shoreside power are Juneau (Alaska), Seattle (Washington), and Vancouver (Canada). The ports of Los Angeles and San Diego also plan to implement this system.

Island Princess is operated by Princess Cruises, who developed the shore power technology in Juneau in 2001. It expanded to Seattle in 2005 and Vancouver in 2009. Currently nine of the line’s ships are outfitted to plug into a shoreside power source.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

“We know that local air quality is an important issue in the Bay Area, so we’re pleased to join with the port to debut this important environmental initiative,” said Dean Brown, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Our commitment to shore power technology has been nearly a 10-year effort, and we’re very pleased we can now ‘plug in’ our ships in San Francisco.”

The quest for shoreside power in San Francisco began in 2005, when the Port’s Cruise Terminal Environmental Advisory Committee recommended this technology for any future cruise terminal development.

“The Port explored a number of funding options for shoreside power,” explained Port Executive Director Monique Moyer, “and found initial success with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Carl Moyer Program, and later with the Environmental Protection Agency and San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission. We couldn’t have done this without them.”

“The zero-emission, greenhouse gas free shoreside power is generated by the gravity-based Hetch Hetchy Water System,” said SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington. “This is the same clean energy that each day powers our San Francisco municipal facilities, buses, and streetlights.”

The EPA, through the West Coast Collaborative, helped fund the electrification of the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 27, by awarding $1 million to the Port to build the infrastructure to electrify the cruise ships that berth at the Pier – a technology known as “cold ironing” or shorepower permits refrigeration, cooling, heating, lighting, emergency equipment, and other electrical equipment to receive continuous electrical power (with design capacity of at least 16 megawatts for berthed cruise ships) while the ships load or unload its passengers or cargo.

“There are 9,000 premature deaths in California every year from air pollution.  This innovative green technology is an exciting step forward in the fight against climate change and will take aim at serious health problems facing Bay Area residents,” said Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. EPA’s Administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. “The significant diesel emission reductions from this electric shorepower connection will result in fewer incidences of asthma, cardiopulmonary diseases, lost school and work days, and premature deaths directly linked to diesel pollution.”

Princess Cruises
One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 17 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.  A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers its passengers the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, ranging in length from seven to 107 days.  The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the public agency entrusted with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water and land.  EPA’s Region 9 office works to protect public health and the environment in the southwestern United States (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii). EPA Region 9 also works with 147 federally recognized tribes in the Pacific Southwest.

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3 Responses to “San Francisco Crows About Becoming the First City in California to Allow Docked Cruise Ships to Use “Shoreside Power””

  1. mattymatt says:

    So, the EPA kicked in $1 million. I wonder how much the total price tag was?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    MSNBC says $5.2 million for the shore installation.

    Plus a million per ship for onboard equipment.