Friday, November 16, 2012

Vancouver Port Sees Growth During 2012 Cruise Season

Port Metro Vancouver posted a modest increase in passengers during 2012 Vancouver-Alaska cruise season, as it welcomed about 4,000 more passengers than it did last season.

Between May and October 2012, the port’s two cruise terminals, at Canada Place and Ballantyne, welcomed 667,000 passengers on 28 different vessels with 191 cruise ship calls, according to port data.
The port also says that during the just-concluded cruise season, 60 vessels connected to the port’s shore power facilities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2,266 tons, according to port data. The Canada Place terminal was the first of its kind in the country to offer shoreside power, where cruise ships can plug into the electrical grid and shut off their engines while in port to eliminate air emissions.

For the upcoming 2013 cruise season, the port says it’s anticipating an increase of more than 20 percent in cruise passengers in 2013, with more than 820,000 passengers expected to pass through the two cruise terminals.

Part of the reason for the projected increase is that Metro Vancouver welcomes four new vessels that will be homeported in Vancouver in 2013: the Disney Wonder, the Norwegian Sun, Oceania’s Regatta and the Amsterdam.

Vancouver’s cruise industry generates over $2 million in economic activity for every cruise ship call, according to port data.