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Cunard enables shore power capability across fleet

Cunard, Queen Elizabeth


Cunard has said it has achieved a “ground-breaking milestone” with the capability for its entire fleet to connect to shore power where available when docked.

The addition of shore power capabilities on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth comes ahead of new ship Queen Anne launching in May 2024, which will depart on the maiden voyage with the technology already installed.

Shore power technology enables docked ships to connect directly to a specially fitted land-based source, allowing cruise ships to switch off their on-board engines and operate on electricity sourced entirely from the local electrical grid.

Cunard takes ‘significant’ step

This ability to plug in to local grids already exists at many ports, including Queen Anne’s homeport of Southampton.

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.

Cunard president Katie McAlister said: “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.

“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.”

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