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2022 Cruise Ship Shore Power Facts

The Port of Seattle is on its way to becoming the greenest port in North America, with a goal to phase out seaport-related emissions by 2050 starting now.

2021 Shore Power Highlights

  • 93% of Seattle City Light’s energy used for shore power comes from renewable sources like hydroelectricity, wind and biogas. In comparison, the U.S. National average uses only 11% renewable energy
  • 100% of ships at Pier 91 from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises are equipped with shore power
  • At Pier 91, a ship connected to shore power eliminates the emissions equivalent of an average car driving from Seattle to
    New York 30 times
  • The Port expects to deliver a new shore power connection at Pier 66 in 2023. In 2021, 42% of calls at Pier 66 were equipped with shore power. Once complete, shore power at Pier 66 could eliminate an estimated 1,000 metric tons of CO2 with home port ships connecting to landside electrical power.

2022 Cruise Season Preview

  • 295 cruise ship calls
  • 55% of all calls equipped to use shore power
  • 2/3 of Port of Seattle’s cruise berths offer shore power with shore power expected at Pier 66 in 2023
  • 55% of all home port calls at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 are equipped with shore power and expected to connect 
  • S100% of Holland America Line and Princess Cruises ships calling at Pier 91 are shore power capable.

Map showing Port of Seattle current and future shore power facilities

Partnering with the Cruise Industry to Phase Out Air Pollution and Address Climate Change


Century Agenda Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
Port Controlled: 50% reduction by 2030 (from 2005), net zero or better by 2040
Port Influenced: 50% reduction by 2030 (from 2007), carbon neutral or better 2050 

2020 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy Commitments
VISION: Phase out emissions from seaport-related activities by 2050, supporting cleaner air for our local communities and fulfilling our responsibility to help limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
OBJECTIVES: By 2030, install shore power to all major cruise and container berths

Cruise is a Key Regional Industry

Seattle’s cruise industry is a major economic driver for the region, providing:

  • Over 5,500 jobs
  • Over $900 million into the region’s economy each season
  • Each homeport ship call contributing an average $4.2 million to the state’s economy
  • The average cruise party of 3.4 people spends $660 in Seattle during their cruise visit, boosting local businesses

Aerial view of Seattle with cruise ships in Elliot Bay

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