The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced that its shore power project had been completed and that ships docking at the new cruise terminal of Port of Montreal can now be powered by electricity. The two-pronged project is due to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,800 tonnes annually.
Shore power is an effective means to reduce air emissions from marine diesel engines and leads to better ambient air quality via enabling vessels to turn off engines and connect to the power grid for power they need while docked.
It's the first green initiative of the kind in Quebec. The project was rolled out in 2 phases. The first was shore power for wintering ships and the 2nd, for cruise vessels. In 2016, MPA developed 4 power supply stations at berths 25, 27, 29 plus M2 for ships that winter at the Port.
As part of Alexandra Pier's terminal's rehabilitation, MPA had the necessary equipment installed in order to provide shore power for cruise liners, working with its technical partners. Hydro-Quebec installed a new 25 kV line supplying the new substation installed at the terminal in 2016. Schneider Electric designed and built the equipment that is needed to install the electrical substation. These works, carried out in 2016 and 2017, led on July 29 to the successful completion of the first ever connection to Holland America’s cruise ship, ms Veendam.
The total project cost was US$11 million. Canada's government is contributing up to US$5 million under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program. Quebec's government contributed US$3 million under a program to improve marine, air, rail transportation efficiency to reduce GHG emissions. MPA, for its part, contributed US$3 million to the project.