Electric Cruise Ship Dock, First On The East Coast, Revealed

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Luxury cruse ships docking in New York's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will be able to plug into the East Coast's first electric cruise terminal, allowing cruise lines to swap diesel power for electricity when ships are in port.

The move, announced Wednesday, is meant to curb pollution emitted by idling ships at New York's Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

When docked, a ship is powered by auxiliary engines that run on diesel. They can spend up to 11 hours loading and unloading passengers and supplies, all the while burning fuel.

Under the new system, the ships that dock at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal – the Queen Mary 2,Caribbean Princess and Emerald Princess – will pull electricity from the New York power grid. Nearly 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide, 95 tons of nitrous oxide, and 6.5 tons of particulate matter are expected to be eliminated each year thanks to the change.

This is the first system of its kind on the East Coast. However, this technology has already been in use on the west coast for years, reports Reuters

The project is supported by a partnership between New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Power Authority, Princess Cruises and Cunard Line.

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