Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne, will launch in May 2024
Vessels owned by British cruise line Cunard now have the capability to connect to shore power, where available, to reduce emissions when docked in ports.
All three Cunard ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – have been equipped with shore power capabilities ahead of the launch of new vessel Queen Anne. The latter will depart on its maiden voyage in May 2024 with shore power capabilities already installed.
“By adopting shore power technology, we are taking a significant step in our ongoing commitment to reducing emissions, minimising our carbon footprint, and fostering healthier port environments,” said Katie McAlister, president at Cunard. “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.”
As part of the European Union’s Fit for 55 programme, all main ports in the European Union are scheduled to offer ships the ability to connect to shoreside electricity by 2030. Shore power technology, which allows docked ships to connect to a land-based source of electricity, already exists at many key ports, including Queen Anne’s homeport of Southampton, UK.