Norwegian Cruise Line’s new state-of-the-art flagship terminal at PortMiami, Florida – dubbed the “Pearl of Miami” – has received an honorary recognition as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold New Construction v4.0 cruise ship terminal in the United States, and the world.
Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, said:
“We are proud to be recognised as a leader in sustainable construction with the LEED Gold Certification of our incredible new PortMiami terminal B, the Pearl of Miami, the first cruise terminal in the world to receive this certification under the new, more stringent LEED construction standards”.
“This certification is a great reflection of how we are driving a positive impact on the environment and society through our global sustainability program, Sail & Sustain, while delivering on our vision to be the vacation of choice for everyone around the world.
“We will continue to invest, design and develop towards this commitment including further investment at the PortMiami terminal where we are partnering with Miami-Dade County to add shore power capabilities by Fall 2023,” Del Rio said.
Developed by the US Green Building Council, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and LEED certification is a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement. LEED for Building Design and Construction, specifically New Construction, provides a framework for building a holistic green building while addressing both design and construction activities.
The terminal welcomed guests for the first time in August 2021 upon the Company’s return to service in the US with Norwegian Gem.
The 17,500 sqm terminal – which can accommodate cruise vessels carrying up to 5,000 cruise guests – was designed with innovation and sustainability at the forefront. The team created a platform that optimises the terminal’s energy performance, indoor air quality, water efficiencies, utilisation of local materials and resources and much more. With high levels of energy performance in mind, the project was designed to perform at least 38% better than the average building. In addition to significant water quality permits and protections, the terminal includes manatee protections and pollution discharge protections, and plans to have shore power capabilities by the Northern Hemisphere Autumn of 2023.
All images supplied. Lead image by Miami In Focus, Inc. – Peter Leifer, Cheryl Stieffel. Courtesy of Bermello Ajamil & Partners