July 31, 2015

At the port of Quebec, the $13.5M project will enable the purchase and implementation of shore power infrastructure at the Pointe-à-Carcy terminal. With this project, the total reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions should reach many thousands of tonnes of GHGs annually.

In Montreal, the total cost of the project is $11M. Two types of systems will be installed at the Port of Montreal: one is a shore power connection for cruise ships at the Alexandra Pier and the other is a four connection shore power system for wintering ships. Total GHG reductions are expected to reach 2,800 tonnes annually.

Funding for both projects is provided part by the Canadian Shore Power Technology for Ports Program, the Green Fund, under the Quebec ministry of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and by both port authorities.

Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions. Shore power improves local air quality by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked.