Texas: Galveston to debut the first zero-energy cruise terminal

Synopsis: US-based cruise line Royal Caribbean Group has announced plans to build a new cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston that will utilize on-site solar energy to supply all of the building’s energy requirements.

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Galveston on the Gulf Coast of Texas will soon get its zero-energy cruise terminal constructed using $125 million. Royal Caribbean Group, has been hired to construct this cruise by adopting eco-friendly design strategies that aligned with environmental goals. The prime focus of constructing this cruise terminal is to promote the development of sustainable infrastructure and build a new decarbonization strategy.

To refresh your memory, the Royal Caribbean Group recently joined the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, which is a Denmark-based nonprofit, independent R&D center that focuses on decarbonization techniques.

Less carbon-producing materials and transportation methods were used during construction. The construction company will also use materials with low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) content and better air filtration media. This is because they care about the controllability and comfort of the occupants. As a result, interior pollution sources were reduced.

According to Jason Liberty, president, and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, “We are focused on innovation across all areas of our business, particularly in our work to advance sustainability in the communities we visit.” 

For the port to be able to use its own energy, the terminal will rely on 30,000 square feet of photovoltaic solar panels that are already there. The company says that any energy that the terminal doesn’t use will be transferred to the nearby power grid.

The brand-new cruise terminal at the Port of Galveston is expected to be the first building in Texas to get the industry-recognized LEED Gold certification in the first two quarters of 2023. The terminal is now the first LEED Zero Energy building in the world and will be used by the company’s Royal Caribbean International brand.

The Galveston terminal is the first gold-certified building of the cruise company and the fourth among LEED-certified buildings.

The previous projects of the cruise company include Terminal A, constructed at PortMiami; the Springfield in the Oregon campus; and the Innovation Lab at Royal Caribbean Group’s corporate headquarters in Miami.

 Liberty continues, “We deeply value both the oceans we sail and the communities we visit and operate in, and the modern design and development features at our terminal in Galveston will work in service of both,”

When the terminal opens, the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class, will come to Galveston for the first time. in the world.

In July of this year, a ceremony was held to officially begin construction on the first Oasis-class ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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