The plan is to help ships save fuel by turning off their diesel engines
OTTAWA—The Government of Canada is now accepting applications for cost-sharing funds earmarked for Canadian ports looking to install marine shore power.
The funding comes from the $27.2-million Shore Power Technology for Ports program, which was announced in January.
Marine shore power allows vessels to plug into the local electrical grid for power and turn off their diesel engines when docked.
“This program will boost the competitiveness of Canadian ports, provide new opportunities for growth in the tourism sector, and create jobs across the country.” said Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
The minister expects marine shore power to help ship operators to reduce fuel consumption and cut fuel costs, helping Canadian ports attract new business.
Canadian port authorities and private organizations engaged in operating or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada must apply for funding by September 28, 2012.
A guide for applicants and additional information is available on Transport Canada’s website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/sptp.
For further, in-depth coverage about marine shore power and the government program, please see: http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/distribution-and-transportation/sustainability/federal-government-funding-shore-power-for-ports-53314