The Port of San Diego is on track to double its shore power capability at the port’s B Street and Broadway Pier cruise ship terminals.
Port commissioners on Jan. 11 agreed to award a $268,000 contract to San Diego County-based Baker Electric Inc. to install electrical equipment provided by the port and “remove, replace, and terminate medium voltage cables.
Work is set to start in March and be ready for commissioning by August, the port said.
Last April, the board voted to approve $4.6 million for the shore power project that would allow two cruise ships to simultaneously link up to shore power, a move that’s expected to significantly curb air emissions, according to the port.
“The Port of San Diego has shown we take our role as an environmental champion of the bay to heart,” Port Board Chairman Dan Malcolm said. “The cruise industry injects hundreds of millions of dollars into our local economy and provides jobs for San Diegans. We are proud to find a way for cruises to continue in an environmentally conscientious way.”