Completion of a shore power project at Port of Montréal will reduce air pollution

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 11, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, is delivering on the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and to embrace new technologies to improve Canadians' lives.

Through its Shore Power Technology for Ports contribution program, the Government of Canada contributed $5 million to the Port of Montréal Authority's shore power project.

The newly completed project will reduce greenhouse gas emission by enabling ships to shut down their diesel engines, and connect to an electrical grid supplied by renewable energy sources. Shore power is an effective way of reducing air emissions and improving local air quality.

By providing ship operators with an alternative to running diesel auxiliary engines while docked, shore power technology also reduces ship owners' fuel costs which increases the competitiveness of Canadian ports.

Including the Port of Montréal's shore power project, five projects have been completed across Canada since the program was launched. The Government of Canada is also funding the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two terminals at the Port of Vancouver.


"The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining a safe, efficient and green transportation system. By taking action to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, we are improving the lives of Canadians while investing in the future of cleaner transportation. New and emerging technologies are laying the groundwork for Canada's present and future economic growth. "

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

Quick Facts

  • The project will help reduce approximately 2,800 tonnes per year of greenhouse gas emission. This represents removing 700 trucks of the road.
  • This technology allows ships to benefit from a cleaner, powerful source of energy at a lower cost.
  • The Government of Quebec and Montréal Port Authority have also contributed to the project, for a total project cost of $11 million.
  • Canada's Shore Power Technology for Ports program is providing up to $27.2 million to Canadian port authorities, terminal operators and ferry operators to support the deployment of marine shore power technology.
  • This initiative also supports the implementation of North American Emission Control Area requirements to use cleaner fuels.
  • There are four other shore power projects that have been completed across the country since the launch of the federal program:
    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's cruise shore power upgrade and expansion at Canada Place;
    • Seaspan Ferry's Swartz Bay Terminal in British Columbia;
    • Port of Halifax's shore power system for cruise ships;
    • BC Ferry Services Inc. -- upgraded 10 shore power installations and added 2 new connections.

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Delphine Denis, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055,

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