Cunard has achieved a sustainability milestone, converting its entire fleet to be able to connect to shore power. When Queen Anne debuts next year, it too will have the ability to connect to shore power.
Known as cold ironing, shore power technology enables docked ships to connect directly to a specially fitted land-based source, allowing the ships to switch off their onboard engines and operate on electricity sourced entirely from the local electrical grid, and thereby reducing emissions and noise while at port.
The ability for ships to "plug in" to local grids already exists at many key ports, including Queen Mary 2's homeport at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Queen Anne's homeport in Southampton, England.
"By adopting shore power technology, we are taking a significant step in our ongoing commitment to reducing emissions, minimizing our carbon footprint, and fostering healthier port environments," said Katie McAlister, president of 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."