Shore power will become available in the ports of Montreal and Quebec during the next few years with the assistance of government air pollution reduction programmes, the two port authorities have announced.
The Montreal Port Authority will install a system for cruise ships at the Alexandra Pier and another at the wharves where Great Lakes and other vessels overwinter. The programme will cost more than USD10 million with two-thirds of the funding coming from the Canadian and Quebec governments and the rest from the port authority.
The two projects are expected to cut a total of 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by enabling ships to switch to shore power rather than running their engines.
Meanwhile the Quebec Port Authority will embark on a USD 12.5 million project to install shore power facilities at its Pointe-a-Carcy terminal. No estimate of its potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions was available. The port authority will cover about one third of the cost.
Montreal, Canada’s second busiest port, will join the Port of Vancouver in offering shore power at some of its facilities. While the Canadian government has had funding available for several years for shore power, the announcements came just days before a national election was called on 2 August with the election to be held on 19 October.