Following the announcement that Shore Power is among the leading environmental features incorporated into the design of the new Horizon cruise terminal of the Port, ABP confirmed that Mayflower Terminal is also due to be equipped with the ‘plug-in’ technology.
The announcement is the next step in the ongoing partnership with Carnival UK to enable sustainable cruising from the Port and follows a GBP 12 million investment at the Ocean Terminal in readiness for the LNG-powered P&O Cruises’ newest boat Iona.
The investment received support from UK Government’s Local Growth Deal providing funds to Local Enterprise Partnerships for projects that benefit the economy and local area. The Solent LEP part-funded the project which means that an alternative fuel can be offered or supported at each of the Port's dedicated cruise terminals.
According to Carnival UK President Simon Palethorpe, a number of their P&O UK and Cunard liners were already shore-power enabled and they had plans to install the capability fleetwide.
"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.”
Via introducing the option for liners, with onboard capability, to plug in while alongside, the cruise port could start seeing CO2 emission savings of up to 863 kg in CO2 and 10.5 kg of NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) per ship call each year.
The second connection is expected to be commissioned and installed during 2021.