Cruise ships plug into hydropower

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada 9/2/09 (PennWell) — Cruise ships docking at the Port of Vancouver are turning off their diesel-powered engines and tapping into hydropower generated by utility British Columbia Hydro.

Princess Cruises has spent $7 million to equip its ships with new technology allowing them to plug into an onshore transformer at the Canadian port. It’s a first for Canada and only the third of its kind in the world.

The clean onshore power source will be used to carry out the ships’ services and will reduce emissions from the diesel engines of cruise ships in downtown Vancouver, said Charlie Ball, president of Princess Tours.

“We know that local air-quality issues are important to the community, and we’re proud to join with all those involved in realizing this important environmental initiative,” Ball said.

The onshore innovation is essentially a large plug and socket that channels power from a landside transformer to the ship via a three-and-a-half-inch cable.

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