The Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will become the first port on the East Coast to offer cold ironing as early as this fall, according to sources familiar with the matter.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to make an announcement shortly.

According to reports, the NYEDC will subsidize some of the cost of the power.

The five-year agreement between the city and Carnival Corporation, which will plug in the Queen Mary 2 and the Caribbean Princess in Brooklyn, calls for a rate of 12 cents per kilowatt hour, while the city and local power authority will split the remaining 16 cents.

Cruise Industry News has learned that the cost of plugging in the ships is greater than running onboard generators in port.

The QM2 will receive her plug during a drydocking this fall, according to Cunard Line.

At press time it was unknown if other ships that regularly call in Brooklyn will be required to plug-in or not.


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