Plug-in capability designed to cut emissions and noise when docked
All Cunard ships have adopted technology to enable them to ‘plug in’ to shore power when in port.
The shore power connection capability for Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth comes ahead of new ship Queen Anne launching in May 2024, which will depart on its first cruise with the technology already installed.
Shore power technology enables docked cruise ships to connect directly to a specially fitted land-based source, allowing them to switch off their engines and operate on electricity sourced from the local electrical grid, reducing emissions and noise while at port.
The ability for the ships to plug in to local grids already exists at many key ports, including Queen Anne’s homeport of Southampton in the UK.
New Cunard president Katie McAlister said: “By adopting shore power technology, we are taking a significant step in our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions, minimising our carbon footprint, and fostering healthier port environments.
“The introduction of shore power technology aligns seamlessly with Cunard’s corporate vision and values, and we are proud to be able to take such a positive step.”