Southampton plans cruise shipping revival

 Wednesday, December 9, 2020 

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Southampton will explore new avenues and decides to get into partnership to launch new cruise facility. The all new built in partnership with MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the port’s fifth terminal for cruise passengers is schedule to open in time for the 2021 cruise season. ABP Southampton director Alastair Welch said the investment, stated the way cruise decreased over the period due to covid pandemic and is slowly returning to normalcy.

The all new terminal will feature roof-mounted solar power and shore power connectivity to enable cruise ships with the necessary technology to ‘plug in’ while docked in port. The project exposed an £8M grant from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the UK Government’s Getting Building Fund.

ABP also stated that this investment will strengthen the port of Southampton’s position as Europe’s leading cruise turnaround port and the UK’s number one departure port. Mr Welch stated that this decision in cruise infrastructure will improve services and accelerate tourist satisfaction level, thus increase business scopes and create new opportunities.

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