SWARTZ BAY, BC, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Seaspan Ferries Corporation will
be installing shore power at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal thanks to
funding from the Government of Canada through the Shore Power
Technology for Ports Program.
Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air
emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to
the local electrical grid in order to power their on-board systems
"Our government is proud to invest in shore power at the Swartz Bay
Ferry Terminal," said the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible
for British Columbia. "This initiative will help protect the
environment and improve our air quality around the Saanich Peninsula,
and it will reduce operating costs for the ferries."
Once installed, shore power will decrease fuel consumption at the Swartz
Bay Ferry Terminal by approximately 70,000 litres annually,
representing a net savings of about $45,000 and an approximate
210,000 kg reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
"Seaspan Ferries is pleased to participate in the Shore Power Technology
for Ports Program at our Swartz Bay Terminal," said Steve Roth, Vice
President. "Vessels will reduce fuel consumption while in port, thereby
reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution. We thank the
Government of Canada for their support in this project."
Seaspan Ferries will receive up to $89,650 from the Government of Canada
towards the total project cost of $179,300.
Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program was provided
under the Clean Transportation Initiatives in Budget 2011 as part of
the renewal of the Government of Canada's Clean Air Agenda.
The Clean Transportation Initiatives focus on aligning Canadian
regulations with those in the United States and with international
standards, improving the efficiency of the transportation system, and
advancing green technologies through innovative programs such as Shore
Power Technology for Ports. These initiatives will help Canada achieve
its economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by
17 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Seaspan ULC is an association of Canadian companies primarily involved
in coastal marine transportation, shipdocking/ship escort, ship repair
and shipbuilding services in Western North America and is committed to
the long-term conservation of Canadian oceans. Seaspan Ferries
Corporation, a subsidiary of Seaspan ULC, is a commercial roll on -
roll off ferry service providing transportation between British
Columbia's Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island's Nanaimo and Swartz Bay
terminals, and thereby provides a very important link for commerce to
and from the Island.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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