Shore power will reduce cruise emissions
A Canadian port expects to save 2,800 tonnes of emissions each year with its new cruise shore power facility.
The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has installed the facility at its new cruise terminal which will allow vessels to plug in to electric power while at berth and switch off their engines cutting diesel fumes.
"Working in conjunction with our various partners and improving air and water quality are among the MPA's main guidelines for sustainable development,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA.
“Now completed, this shore power project will result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, offsetting virtually all the GHG emissions for which the MPA is responsible.”
The project, which is apparently the first green initiative of its kind in Quebec, was rolled out in two phases. The first was the installation of shore power for wintering vessels, installed back in 2016 at berths 25, 27, 29 and M2, with the new installation forming the second phase.
To provide a sufficiently powerful power supply for cruise ships, Hydro-Québec installed a new 25 kV line to supply the new substation installed at the cruise terminal in 2016.
Schneider Electric designed and built the equipment needed to install the electrical substation, with Cavotec supplying the cable handling solutions.
The total project cost has been CAN$11 million with the government of Canada contributing up to $5 million under its Shore Power Technology for Ports Program.
In addition, the government of Quebec contributed $3 million under its programme to improve marine, air and rail transportation efficiency to reduce GHG emissions (PETMAF en matière de réduction des émissions de GES). The MPA, for its part, contributed $3 million to the project.
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