Ship sitting there wasting fuel for nuthing

When I was in the Navy when our ship docked, we switched from ship power to shore power where we could essentially shut the ship down and not waste fuel. Water and sewer connected also. Seems to me these giant cruise ships and their owners could put in the utilities to be able to shut the generators down like the Navy. In Galveston we see the Dream generating juice (smoke coming out of funnel) for nothing, just to keep things running. A waste. But with 4 to 6 hour turn around, normal running, it may not be cost effective,BUT with port fees, the ports could offer this and the ships could adjust to it. Think of all the unnecessary pollution with all these ships out of service sitting empty generating electricity.

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Dream

3 Answers

Yep .. it is all a matter of $$$. Most ports do not have the facilities and do not have the capital to invest. Most cruise lines do not want to pay for the facilities to be built. Unless a government mandates it, it will not happen. But unless everywhere mandates it some cruise lines will just avoid the locations that do.

That is so true. While many ports do have the option for shore power, the costs to the cruise line may be high. Governments must mandate the shore power process, this may come as ports and resort places are pressured into this by the environmental lobby.

Also keep in mind that Galveston is a relatively new port for cruising. When we sailed there in 2017, we were surprised how small & industrial it was.

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