AIDA Cruises is to equip its vessels with shorepower connections to be used when visiting Warnemünde, the port of Rostock.
The Carnival subsidiary has signed a ’Declaration of Intent’ with the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock and Rostock Port aimed at building a shore power connection for cruise ships visiting Warnemünde, the gateway to Berlin.
By 2020, the first AIDA Cruises ships should be supplied with shore power while berthed in Warnemünde. As a result, the company will fit its ships that will regularly call at Warnemünde with a shore power connection.
“We are signing a joint declaration so that in future cruise ships can be supplied with shoreside power at the Port of Rostock. I am convinced that this is a good step and it is an important contribution towards making cruise tourism more sustainable,” Manuela Schwesig, Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, said.
“With our Green Cruising strategy, we are investing billions of euros in a future-proof cruise market – both in the area of sustainable propulsion technologies like the use of LNG or shoreside power, as well as in environmental management on board,” Felix Eichhorn, AIDA President, added.