Canadian shore power system is proven

GCT Deltaport The 'MSC Meline' is the first vessel to use GCT Deltaport’s Shore Power system. Image: Global Container Terminals
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A new shore power system at a Canadian container terminal has been successfully utilised for the first time to help improve air quality and reduce noise.

The MSC Meline is the first vessel to use Global Container Terminals (GCT) Deltaport’s Shore Power system, a project enabled through government body Transport Canada’s Shore Power Technology for Ports programme and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which each contributed US$3.4m, for a total investment of US$6.8m. GCT provided auxiliary project implementation support as part of GCT Canada’s efforts to increase its competitiveness and deliver on its global commitment to sustainability.

“Through this collaboration, we are helping protect our environment and community by encouraging vessels with the newest and greenest technology to call on GCT Deltaport,” said Doron Grosman, president and CEO of Global Container Terminals Inc. “We are pleased to see our customers’ vessels utilise the shore power provided at GCT Deltaport and thank our partners, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and Transport Canada for helping make Port of Vancouver the most sustainable in the world.”

The shore power installation allows vessels to plug into the clean electrical power grid at GCT Deltaport and turn off their auxiliary diesel engines while docked. This eliminates up to 95t of air pollutants per vessel - equivalent to removing 20 vehicles off the road for one year.

Robin Silvester, president and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, said: “This is the fourth shore power installation at the Port of Vancouver, and the second at a container terminal.”

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