Shore Power Technology for Ports
Announced in January, 2012 news release, the Shore Power Technology for Ports (SPTP) program is part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing efforts to limit emissions in the Canadian transportation sector and improve air quality. The SPTP program will provide cost-shared funding for the deployment of marine shore power technology at Canadian ports; this technology allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel instead of using their auxiliary diesel engines when docked.
On March 6, 2013 the Government of Canada issued a press release announcing the shore power project of Seaspan in British Columbia, the news release is available online.
On January 23, 2013 the Government of Canada, the Government of Nova Scotia and Halifax Port Authority jointly announced the shore power project for the Port of Halifax, the news release is available online.
The Use of Marine Shore Power Technology in Canada
The Marine Shore Power Program (2007-2012) was the precursor to the SPTP program and successfully demonstrated that marine shore power technology could be implemented in Canada. Two projects were funded under the Marine Shore Power Program, results from the Port Metro Vancouver project are presented below.
Port Metro Vancouver Case Study:
The marine shore power installations at Port Metro Vancouver’s Canada Place Terminal allow properly equipped cruise ships to plug into the local electrical grid instead of operating their diesel engines to power the ships load when docked. The case study offers an overview of the project and presents results for the 2010 cruise season. View the Port Metro Vancouver Case Study
Port Metro Vancouver Video: