Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 2012.
Cruise Ship Store Loading and Cold Ironing
A cruise ship requires a fast store loading
process since port turns between cruises are relatively short (8 to
12 hours on average). On the above photo, a cruise ship (MS Zuiderdam
of Holland America Line) is being serviced at the Port of Vancouver.
Because the pier is higher than the cargo door, a lift system is
used to lower cargo pallets (mostly food) to the cargo dock level.
To mitigate the environmental impacts of cruise ships docked at the
cruise terminal adjacent to its
central business district, Port Metro Vancouver installed cold
ironing facilities (the blue structure on the above photo) in 2009
to provide electric power to ships. This enables a cruise ship to
cut its bunker engines and thus considerably reduce its emissions at
the cruise port. Alaskan cruises are those relying the most on
cold ironing, particularly in light of the environmental sensitivity of
the region visited. About 5% of the energy spent on Alaskan cruises is
from cold ironing.