Cunard is focused on the pursuit of decarbonization which involves significant investment in efficient technologies. On 14 August 2023 Cunard achieved a ground-breaking milestone as they obtained the capability for their entire fleet to connect to shore power, where available, when docked.
The successful plugging in of shore power capabilities across their fleet comes ahead of new ship Queen Anne launching in May 2024, which will sail on the maiden voyage with the technology already installed.
This new technology will enable all Cunard ships to switch off their onboard engines while docked and operate on electricity sourced from the local electrical grid. This will reduce noise and emissions while in port.
The ability for Cunard’s ships to plug in to local grids is available at many key ports, including Queen Anne’s homeport of Southampton. Part of the European Union’s Fit for 55 programme require that all main ports in the European Union are to offer ships the ability to connect to shoreside electricity by 2030.
Katie McAlister, President at Cunard, 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.”