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Miami-Dade Passing On Another Chance To Cut Pollution From Cruise Ships At PortMiami

Cruises in Miami
Matias J. Ocner
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Miami Herald

Miami-Dade leaders on Tuesday advanced another PortMiami terminal project — but without modern pollution controls already adopted by cruise ships docking there. Under the plan, the county will spend $177,200,000 to build the new MSC Cruises terminal but won’t let vessels connect to shore power.

Commissioners broke into applause after the unanimous vote in the PortMiami and Environmental Resilience Committee, which approved the construction deal. The arrangement involves a mix of county and MSC dollars for a 62-year lease on a $577,200,000 terminal that can accommodate up to three cruise ships at the same time.

While MSC has joined much of the cruise industry by equipping its ships with shore power capability, vessels would continue belching toxic gas from their smokestacks since the county declined to require hook ups in any of its new terminals.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.