Once employed, the port could see a 863kg reduction in CO2 emissions and 10.5kg less NOx emissions per vessel each year.
In line with Carnival UK plans for sustainable cruising
The announcement follows news of the port’s partnership with Carnival UK, which involves facilitating sustainable cruising, as well as a £12m investment at the port’s Ocean Terminal in readiness for P&O Cruises’ LNG-powered Iona.
Simon Palethorpe, president, Carnival UK said, ‘We are delighted to see the advance in shore power technology and the fitting of this into Mayflower Cruise Terminal. A number of our P&O Cruises and Cunard ships are already shore-power enabled and we have plans to install this capability across our fleet.
‘We very much look forward to our return to service this summer and being able to plug into this option while our ships are in port."
Alastair Welch, regional director, Port of Southampton added, ‘We are incredibly proud to be making another significant step as we further develop our sustainable credentials for cruise with Carnival UK...This is good news for the port, for air quality and for the future of cruise.’
Strengthening the local area
This installation is part-funded by HM Government's Local Growth Deal via Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). ‘We're extremely proud to support Associated British Ports' programme of enabling shore power for cruise ships, as part of our vision to be the global leader in maritime and climate change adaptation,’ said Anne-Marie Mountifield, chief executive, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.
‘Southampton's shore power initiative is a huge opportunity to pioneer the green credentials of our local economy and the wider advances in maritime technology that are so important to Southampton and the wider Solent region.’