This proposed bill would require all ocean liners and cruise ships docking at waterfront terminals equipped with shore power to use only shore power while docked. Owners of such ocean liners and cruise ships will have a grace period of two years after the bill enactment date, during which period they may continue to dock their ships at such terminals while retrofitting their ships to use shore power. By requiring all ocean liners and cruise ships to plug in to available shore power systems, this bill would reduce pollution emitted by ships that dock for hours at such terminals and protect the health of city residents.
Int. No. 765
By Council Member Menchaca
A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring all ocean liners and cruise ships docking at terminals equipped with shore power in the city to use only shore power
Be it enacted by the Council as follows:
Section 1. Subchapter 2 of chapter 1 of title 22 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 22-140.1 to read as follows:
§ 22-140.1 Use of shore power. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
Cruise ship. The term “cruise ship” means a passenger ship used for recreational voyages.
Ocean liner. The term “ocean liner” means a passenger ship used primarily as a form of transportation across seas or oceans.
Shore power. The term “shore power” means shore-side electrical power that a ship can use while docking, while its auxiliary engines are turned off.
b. All ocean liners and cruise ships docking at waterfront terminals that are equipped with shore power shall use only shore power while docked.
c. Owners of such ocean liners and cruise ships have a grace period of two years after the local law that created this section takes effect, during which time such owners may retrofit their ships to use shore power while still being permitted to dock their ships at the waterfront terminals.
§ 2. This local law takes effect 120 days after it becomes law, except that the department of small business services may take such measures as are necessary for the implementation of this local law, including the promulgation of rules, before such date.