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Pier 66/Bell Street Pier Shore Power

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This project benefits the community and environmental health through investments in the reduction of maritime emissions and is an important step in our plan to provide reliable, efficient, clean, and resilient power throughout the harbor.

Projected Cost

$17 million


The project will perform on-site and off-site work to create a shore power system for the single cruise ship berth at Pier 66. On-site work includes new conduits/ductbanks, cables, and the installation of new equipment such as transformers, switchgears, cables, and a cable positioning device at the bullrail.

Estimated Completion Date



To be the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America, shore power is emerging as the most effective technique to reduce Port-related maritime air emissions here in the Northwest. The project would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cruise vessels at berth, improving air quality for maritime workers and residents.

Century Agenda

This project supports the Port’s efforts to be the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America.

Business Plan Objectives

The business plan objective is to determine customer needs and deliver. Norwegian Cruise Lines has now retrofitted some of their vessels to be shore power capable, therefore the Port of Seattle can leverage that investment to reduce emissions in our harbor. The Port will pursue waterfront electrification and Pier 66 shore power planning with key stakeholders in 2019.


The Port is in the process of implementing improvements to its project review and design process to integrate sustainability and equity into project development for capital development projects. 

This project requires environmental permitting and review. Likely permits/approvals include:

  • State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review
  • City of Seattle Shoreline Substantial Development Permit
  • City of Seattle Construction Permit

Approvals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife may also be required depending on location and the need for equipment. Complex permitting effort required.

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