Disney, Norwegian & Princess Cruises – Port of LA 'AMP' Clients

By George Backwell at March 06, 2011 02:50
Filed Under: General
Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line ships have all been provided with 'Alternative Maritime Power' (AMP)  while berthed in the Port of Los Angeles over the past few weeks according to a Port correspondent on 24, February 2011, who also quoted Mayor Villaraigosa's proud statement that: "The use of AMP at our World Cruise Center [located in San Pedro] reduces emissions not just at the Port, but improves the quality of air throughout the Los Angeles region".It sounds as if something noteworthy is afoot in sunny San Pedro, but coincidentallly the AMP concept is still widely known by another term with roots in the maritime past. Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) – 'Cold Ironing'AMP is known colloquially among many seafarers as 'Cold Ironing', a term stemming from the early steamship days when coal-fired boilers supplied steam to drive reciprocating and steam-turbine main engines. Once in port these boilers would be shut down to become literally  'c... [More]

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