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The new terminal – the fifth at Southampton – will feature roof-mounted solar power and have shore power connectivity, allowing cruise ships to plug into electricity while at berth.

The £55 million project has received support from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through the UK Government’s Getting Building Fund with an £8 million grant.

Announcing the project, Associated British Ports said that, in its strategic partnership with MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the Port of Southampton’s next terminal will ‘support a developing industry welcoming the next generation of ships in terms of size, capacity and technology’.

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.

‘This investment is a huge vote of confidence in the future of cruise in Southampton and we’re excited to be at the forefront of a growing industry.’

Robert Courts MP, Minister for Maritime, Department for Transport, noted: ‘Southampton is the heart of UK’s cruising industry and a new terminal will create even more jobs and boost the area’s economy.

‘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 right here in the UK.’

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