After a five year wait, shorepower at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is nearing reality, while those involved have kept a low profile on a long-delayed and politically sensitive project.
However, now, things are moving forward as Cunard Line confirmed to Cruise Industry News the Queen Mary 2 will plug-in on November 12.
Announced in 2011, and delayed multiple times, and further hindered by Hurricane Sandy, the shorepower system appears all but set to turn on and appease local residents of their air quality concerns.
The $21 million system was been signed off on by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and turned over to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which oversees the cruise program for Brooklyn and Manhattan.
"As of September 2016 NYCEDC has responsibility for operations and maintenance of the system," a spokesperson for the Port Authority told Cruise Industry News. The NYCEDC did not return a request for comment.
Despite delays, and local politicians voicing their displeasure, as reported by Brooklyn’s Star Revue, it appears the system is now ready to go live on a regular basis.
The plug-in system is from Cochran Marine, which also did not return a request for comment, but does note on its website that the system would “come online in 2015.”
Brooklyn’s shorepower system is listed as dual-voltage and is targeted for use by Cunard Line and Princess Cruises, which are the terminal’s primary customers. The cable positioning device at the terminal is removable, so it can be stored during winter months.
As part of an agreement, Carnival Corporation will pay 12 cents per kilowatt hour for the power.