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Montréal implements shore power for cruise ships

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Holland America Line's Veendam - first cruise ship to connect to shore power at Montréal's updated cruise terminal
Ships docking at the Port of Montreal’s new cruise terminal can now hook up to shore power in an $11m project that is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,800 tonnes per year.

What is Québec's first shore power project was rolled out in two phases: first, for wintering vessels with four supply stations at berths 25, 27, 29 and M2, and now for cruise ships as part of the modernization of Alexandra Pier and the cruise terminal.

To provide a sufficient power supply for cruise ships, Hydro-Québec installed a new 25 kV line to supply the new substation installed at the cruise terminal in 2016. For its part, Schneider Electric designed and built the equipment needed to install the electrical substation. Carried out in 2016 and 2017, these works led to the successful first cruise connection, on July 29, of Holland America Line’s Veendam.

The government of Canada is contributing up to $5m under its Shore Power Technology for Ports Program, while Québec kicked in $3m under its program to improve marine, air and rail transportation efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (PETMAF en matière de réduction des émissions de GES). The Montréal Port Authority provided the remaining $3m.

'The government of Canada is committed to maintaining a safe, efficient and green transportation system. By taking action to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, we are improving the lives of Canadians while investing in the future of cleaner transportation. New and emerging technologies are laying the groundwork for Canada’s present and future economic growth,' Minister of Transport Marc Garneau said.

For Québec's Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification Laurent Lessard, 'This investment, which will make it possible to consolidate the Port of Montréal’s position in the international cruise network, demonstrates the government of Quebec’s commitment to contribute to Québec’s economic development, in keeping with the principles of sustainable mobility.'

'Working in concert with our various partners and improving air and water quality are among the [Montréal Port Authority's] main guidelines for sustainable development. Now completed, this shore power project will result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, offsetting virtually all the GHG emissions for which the MPA is responsible,' said Sylvie Vachon, president and ceo of the port authority.

She thanked the governments of Canada and Québec for their generous contribution to the project.

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