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Two cruise ships use shore power simultaneously at the Port of San Diego for the first time

January 13, 2023

On January 13th, two cruise ships plugged into the newly completed shore power expansion at the Port of San Diego cruise ship terminal for the first time – a doubling of the previous capacity.

The recent addition of the new station along with the initial one installed in 2010 make it possible for the port to reduce harmful air pollutants by 90% while cruise ships are docked. The port’s latest initiative is also meeting California Air Resources Board regulations that require all cruise ships calling on California ports as of January 1, 2023, to use shore power.

Other efforts by the Port of San Diego to improve air quality include the installation of two all-electric Konecranes Gottwald Generation 6 Mobile Harbor Cranes – the first all-electric cranes to operate in North America – to replace the diesel crane at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, and the construction of a shoreside charging station to support its new all-electric tugboat, which is slated to go into operation this year.