Shore power for cruise ships at Canada Place a Canadian first



    METRO VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver today unveiled its
new shore power facility at the Canada Place cruise ship terminal. The port is
the first in Canada to install shore power for cruise ships, and only the
third in the world to do so.
    The shore power installation at the home port of the Vancouver-Alaska
cruise - one of the world's most popular cruises - is the result of a
$9-million cooperative initiative between the Government of Canada, the
British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, Holland America Line, Princess
Cruises, BC Hydro and Port Metro Vancouver. Representatives from each of the
participating organizations gathered at Canada Place today to formally launch
the project.
    Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air
emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to BC
Hydro's electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked.
    "This project will significantly improve local air quality by reducing
air emissions from cruise ships in downtown Vancouver throughout the cruise
ship season," said Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of
the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver. "It is an
excellent example of how our government is working with our partners to invest
in infrastructure projects that improve our quality of life and it clearly
demonstrates how we can both protect the environment and stimulate the
economy."
    "Shore power in British Columbia sets a new transportation and energy
standard by being the first of its kind in Canada," said British Columbia's
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Blair Lekstrom. "This will
help contribute to better air quality in Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley
airshed, and will bring us closer to our government's goal of reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by one-third by 2020."
    "We are fortunate to have a reliable system of clean hydroelectricity in
our province and we strive to provide our customers with energy solutions that
are environmentally and socially responsible," said Bev Van Ruyven, executive
vice-president, Customer Care and Conservation, BC Hydro. "BC Hydro is pleased
to help the port power cruise ships in an environmentally friendly way and
realize the benefits of clean energy."
    Princess Cruises and Holland America Line have pioneered this technology
within the cruise industry. Both have invested significantly in outfitting
their fleet with onboard shore power equipment currently on nine Princess
Cruises ships and six Holland America Line ships. Four Princess ships and one
Holland America ship will use shore power in Vancouver during the 2009 Alaska
season.
    "We've been committed to shore power for many years, so we're pleased we
can now 'plug in' our ships at Port Metro Vancouver," said Charlie Ball,
senior vice president of Princess Cruises. "Because we know that communities
care about air emissions, this is a way we can do our part to benefit the air
quality in Vancouver."
    "Holland America Line is committed to responsible environmental practices
and we are pleased to work with Port Metro Vancouver on the utilization of
shore power," said Stein Kruse, Holland America Line's president and chief
executive officer. "This is a meaningful way to provide clean energy to cruise
ships and reduce emissions in the community."
    Planning for the Canada Place project began in 2005. Shore power-enabled
cruise ships are now able to connect to the system at both the east and west
berths at Canada Place.
    "Port Metro Vancouver is committed to conducting operations in a
sustainable manner that safeguards and promotes protection of the environment,
and the Shore Power initiative exemplifies that," said Robin Silvester,
president and chief executive officer, Port Metro Vancouver. "This is a truly
cooperative venture and a very positive outcome."

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest port. Port activities generate
132,700 total jobs across Canada and $10.5 billion in gross domestic product.
The port is hosting 264 cruise ship visits in 2009. Each cruise ship that
docks in Vancouver contributes $2 million to the local economy.





For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Canada's
Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations,
Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Donna Howes, Communications Manager,
Western Economic Diversification Canada, (604) 666-1318, Email:
donna.howes@wd.gc.ca; Baljinder Jacques, Public Affairs Officer, B.C. Ministry
of Transportation and Infrastructure, (250) 387-5798, Email:
baljinder.jacques@gov.bc.ca; Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate Communications
and Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, (604) 665-9069, Email:
anne.mcmullin@portmetrovancouver.com; Simi Heer, Media Relations, BC Hydro,
(604) 623-3963, Email: simi.heer@bchydro.com

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