Associated British Ports (ABP)’s Port of Southampton is celebrating the successful commissioning and use of its shore power facility for cruise ships. Shore power-enabled ships can now plug in at the port’s Horizon Cruise Terminal and Mayflower Cruise Terminal, for zero emissions at berth.
AIDA Cruises’ brand-new AIDAcosma and Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2 can now use the port’s shore power. Further cruise ships are scheduled for commissioning this month and throughout the year. They include Celebrity Cruises’ brand-new ship Celebrity Beyond, who makes her maiden call to the port this month, and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Prima, who will make a number of calls in the summer and autumn.
The total shore power project cost was £9m, supported by a grant from the Solent Local Growth Deal, arranged through the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
ABP Southampton announced in 2019 that it was investing in shore power for its new Horizon Cruise Terminal, subsequently announcing a second shore power connection, for Mayflower Cruise Terminal, in 2021. ABP worked with Powercon as the main contractor to implement the scheme on site.
ABP’s Head of Cruise, Rebekah Keeler, says:
“We are delighted to have reached this exciting milestone and we are looking forward to working with multiple cruise lines this year as they plug in for zero emissions at berth and make tangible progress towards their own decarbonisation goals. A massive thank you to our teams, partners and customers for all their work so far.”
The UK Government recently announced the launch of its UK SHORE unit to encourage and help facilitate sustainable shipping.
Maritime Minister Robert Courts MP, says:
“Yet another significant milestone in the journey to decarbonising the maritime sector. As we work towards building a green maritime legacy, it’s amazing to see ports such as ABP’s Port of Southampton leading by example to utilise clean maritime technologies for a greener port and better air quality. They’ve done a brilliant job with their shore power facility for cruise ships.”
Solent LEP Chair, Rachael Randall, says:
“At the LEP, we’re committed to pioneering approaches to climate change adaptation and decarbonisation so it’s fantastic to see the results of our contribution to this project – the first major commercial berth and cruise port to use plug in technology in the UK, resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions while improving local air quality.”