Under the MoU, the lines commit to using shore power, available at ports in the Baltic Sea, as soon as possible and no later than from January 1, 2024.
The signing took place at the Sustainable Cruising conference held April 5 in Copenhagen and attended by representatives from most of the ports in the Baltic Sea region.
Visions of a greener future
Stated Claus Bødker, director, Cruise Baltic, ‘Our visions are ambitious and can only be fulfilled if we work together.
‘I’m very satisfied and happy that so many of our partners and stakeholders participated in the conference. With the strong commitment to onshore power supply that Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ponant, Royal Caribbean Group and Viking Ocean Cruises have shown by signing the memorandum of understanding, I truly believe that our visions of an even “greener” cruise industry can become a reality.’
An important step forward
‘The cruise industry is accelerating its green transition and investing in the ability to use shoreside electricity is another important step forward,’ added Marie-Caroline Laurent, director general, Cruise Lines International Association Europe. ‘Such initiatives signal the cruise industry’s commitment to deliver on our climate ambitions and be an active partner in the development of sustainable tourism.’