Construction of a shore to ship power supply has begun at the Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada.
In partnership with Nova Scotia Power, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) has received the go ahead to begin construction of a new shore to ship power facility.
As part of the Canadian governments “Clean Air Agenda” the project will receive CAD$2.5 million in funding from the Province of Nova Scotia and a further $5 million from Transport Canada.
The HPA will also supply $2.5 million to complete the project.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to see that construction of shore power has begun at the Port of Halifax,” said 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,” she continued.
Port side visits usually last up to nine hours, and with the installation of a shore to ship generator, operators will be able to connect directly to the facility for power, rather than relying on auxiliary generators.
The result is a massive decrease in emissions; including sulphur oxide, particulate matter, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide.
HPA’s cruise development manager Cathy McGrail, said: “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.”
“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.”
The Port of Halifax generates around $50 million for the local economy each year, and is expecting to handle a record 137 ships in 2014. The introduction of shore to ship power will deal with the influx in the most environmentally friendly way possible.