Large ships berthed at Vancouver, Canada, can now switch off their diesel engines and connect to an electrical grid ashore supplied by renewable energy sources.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said for each large ship at a berth for 60 hours, more than 95 tons of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions will be eliminated through the shore power facility.
Transport Canada said: “By providing an alternative to running diesel auxiliary engines while docked, shore power also reduces noise, decreases ship owners’ fuel costs and increases the competitiveness of Canadian ports.”
Through the Shore Power Technology for Ports programme, the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has each contributed Cn$3.5mn to the Centerm container terminal project at the port.
“Installing shore power at DP World’s Centerm terminal is a positive step towards improving air quality by reducing marine emissions,” said Robin Silvester, chief executive, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We plan to expand it to other terminals.”