VANCOUVER, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Wai Young, Member of
Parliament for Vancouver South, today announced that the Government of
Canada is continuing its commitment to limit air emissions from the
Canadian transportation sector.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to launch the Shore Power
Technology for Ports Program," said Minister Lebel. "This $27.2-million
contribution program will help Canadian ports install shore power,
which will reduce air emissions from ships, protect the environment and
health of Canadians, and further Canada's economic prosperity."
Shore power technology for ports, also called marine shore power or
cold-ironing, is a leading-edge technology that allows ships to turn
off their diesel engines while docked and connect to an electrical
power supply at the port facility. This technology will improve local
air quality by reducing air pollution from ships in some of Canada's
largest urban centres and will also contribute to ports'
"As we have seen with the success of shore power for cruise ships at
Port Metro Vancouver, this program will also help Canada's tourism
sector to take advantage of growth opportunities, increase tourism
revenues and create jobs in all regions of Canada," said MP Young.
The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program builds on Transport
Canada's successful Marine Shore Power Program that was introduced in
2007 and concludes in March 2012. This demonstration program provided
$2 million to Port Metro Vancouver to install shore power technology
for cruise ships and $1.8 million to the Port of Prince Rupert to
support the installation of shore power for container ships.
Following consultations with port authorities and terminal operators in
winter 2012, a call for proposals will be issued this spring. Canadian
Port Authorities and private entities engaged in operating and/or that
own marine ports and terminals in Canada will be eligible for funding.
Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program was provided in
Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada's Clean
The Clean Transportation Initiatives will focus on aligning Canadian
regulations with those in the United States and with international
standards, improving the efficiency of the transportation system and on
advancing green technologies. These initiatives will help Canada
achieve its economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by
17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.
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Shore Power Technology for Ports Program
The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program (SPTP) will provide up to
$27.2 million in cost-shared contribution funding between April 1,
2013, and December 31, 2015, to support the deployment of marine shore
power technology. The Government of Canada aims to fund multiple
projects of varying scope across Canada under this program.
Canadian ports are facing barriers to the adoption of marine shore power
because of the initial capital cost of these installations for port and
terminal operators, and the complexity of contractual arrangements
governing access to city electrical grids and power lines.
Additionally, the benefits of shore power are shared among many
stakeholders, making the business case for investment by a port
challenging. Experience with previous initiatives has shown that these
complex and innovative projects will benefit from the SPTP.
By providing ship operators with an alternative to running diesel
auxiliary engines, shore power technology represents an additional
option for reducing fuel consumption and fuel costs, and improving the
competitiveness of Canadian ports.
The SPTP builds on Transport Canada's Marine Shore Power Program (MSPP)
that was introduced in 2007 and concludes in March 2012. Under the
MSPP, Port Metro Vancouver received $2 million from Transport Canada to
successfully implement shore power for cruise ships and the Port
Authority of Prince Rupert is receiving up to $1.8 million from
Transport Canada for the installation of shore power facilities for
container ships by March 2012. The previous program clearly
demonstrated that marine shore power can be successfully implemented in
Canada and led to the creation of the SPTP.
Results from the Port Metro Vancouver project are available on the SPTP
website. Results from the Prince Rupert Port Authority project will be
shared in a similar fashion once available.
For more information on the SPTP, please refer to Transport Canada's
website at www.tc.gc.ca/sptp.
SOURCE Transport Canada
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