The Port of Los Angeles hooks up three cruise ships to shore-side power.

In February, Los Angeles became the first port in the world to connect three cruise lines to Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

“The use of AMP™ at our World Cruise Center reduces emissions not just at the Port but improves the quality of air throughout the Los Angeles region,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “The ability to adapt this technology to multiple cruise lines eliminates significant ship exhaust when cruise ships are at berth, and the AMP Mobile is another innovation that demonstrates our commitment to developing cutting-edge technology that can benefit port communities everywhere.”

AMP is a shore-side technology designed to reduce emissions from marine vessels while they are docked by connecting them to energy sources on land. Each cruise ship currently needs between 8 and 13 megawatts of power, the minimum of which can power more than 1000 homes.

Port engineers and Cavotec, a global engineering company, designed the AMP system for the World Cruise Centre with cruise ship needs in mind – it can withstand 30.5 metres of lateral movement and has a remote-controlled arm to adjust to changing tides.