Plug-In Cruise Ship Mod Reduces Port Pollution by 95%
Italian port authorities plan to connect berthed cruise liners to the grid as means of reducing fuel consumption and cutting carbon emissions.
Cruise ships eat up enormous amounts of fuel. But plug-in cruise ships could change that and reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 30-percent. Particulates and nitrogen oxides would also be reduced by a whopping 95-percent, and it would completely eliminate noise pollution all together.
The practice of offering electricity at port--called 'cold ironing' in shipping lingo--is limited as very few ships are compatible with on-shore electricity. But Venice, Paolo Costa, La Spezia and Lorenzo Forcieri are all expected to install new equipment for ships to plug in shore-side.
“One of the main objectives of the project is the development of a system to supply shore-side electrical power to vessels in their berths, especially cruise ships – essentially floating cities with thousands of ‘residents’ – during their port visits, eliminating the emissions produced by their on-board generators,” said Enel, an Italian electricity utility.
Of course, the other option is just to turn the engine off. A number of ports already support this, including Los Angeles here in the States, as a way for shipping and freight companies save money and lessen their environmental footprint.
Source: Green Inc
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