A new cruise terminal is set to open in the port of Southampton in 2021.
The £55m cruise terminal will let suitably-equipped ships plug in to a local power supply while in port, rather than using onboard generators.
Associated British Ports (ABP) said its opening – sometime next year – would be a “vote of confidence” in the port.
ABP also stated that the new terminal would have “Shore Power connectivity” allowing ships with the right onboard technology to “plug-in” while in port.
Alastair Welch, director of ABP Southampton, said: “We’re very pleased to announce this major advance in our cruise infrastructure at the port, delivering further access to Southampton for the industry, whilst supporting our commitment to accelerate improvements in local air quality.”
Robert Courts MP, Minister for Maritime at the Department for Transport, said: “As we continue to support the cruise sector in its restart and recovery, it’s great to see government funding being used to help deliver better services for passengers. This next-generation facility also showcases to ports around the world how we’re pioneering the use of green technology.”
No date has been given for its opening though ABP said would be in time for the “2021 cruise season“.