March 7, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) would like to advise that construction for a shore power system for cruise vessels is now underway. HPA remains committed to allowing cruise vessels connect to shore power during the 2014 cruise season.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to see that construction of shore power has begun at the Port of Halifax,” said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “Once installed, shore power will reduce air emissions from ships, protect the environment and health of Nova Scotians, and further this region’s economic prosperity.”
“This project is an example of what we all need to do – identify an opportunity that will drive our economy forward and then make it happen,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Michel Samson. “The Halifax Port Authority has shown leadership in developing this shore power system, and the province is proud to partner with Transport Canada to support the Port’s initiative.”
“Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their auxiliary engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked,” said Cathy McGrail, Cruise Development Manager for the Halifax Port Authority. “Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling and will contribute to improved air quality.”
Typically, vessels are in port for approximately nine hours, and during that time if connected to shore power, there would be no carbon dioxide (CO2), mono nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) or particulate matter (PM) emissions from the vessel’s auxiliary generators. For tourism, shore power will help support the cruise industry which is worth an estimated $50-million in direct spin-off expenditures to the local economy each year. This year, the Port of Halifax will welcome a record 137 cruise vessel calls carrying approximately 230-thousand passengers as well as crew.
The shore power project at the Port of Halifax was first announced in January of 2013. The tariff was developed in partnership with Nova Scotia Power. Transport Canada will contribute up to $5 million to the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax will each contribute an additional $2.5 million. Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is provided under the Clean Transportation Initiatives in Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada’s Clean Air Agenda.