Government of Canada expands program to help ships turn off engines, improve air quality



    OTTAWA, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
today announced that the Government of Canada is taking another step to
improve air quality by launching Round Two of the Marine Shore Power Program.
    The program helps improve air quality by enabling ships to turn off their
diesel engines while docked and instead connect to electric power that is
supplied from specially designed transformers at port facilities.
    "Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our government is
taking real action and delivering practical solutions to help the
environment," said Minister Baird. "This program will reduce air pollution
from ships in ports across Canada and help Canadians breathe easier."
    The Government of Canada has allocated $6 million over four years to the
Marine Shore Power Program to support cost-shared projects. The Government of
Canada will provide up to 50 per cent of the eligible costs - up to a maximum
contribution of $2.5 million - of a project conducted over two years.
    Last year, under Round One of the program, Port Metro Vancouver received
federal funding to install shore power for cruise ships. The port expects to
supply power to ships in time for the 2009 cruise ship season.
    The Marine Shore Power Program falls under Transport Canada's
ecoTRANSPORT Strategy, which is part of the Government of Canada's ambitious
agenda to protect the environment and health of Canadians, while furthering
Canada's economic prosperity.
    Port authorities and terminal operators located in Canada are eligible to
apply and are invited to submit applications for funding by October 16, 2009.
A guide for applicants is available on Transport Canada's ecoFREIGHT website
at www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/ecofreight/menu-eng.htm.

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For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055


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