The government of Canada has set aside new funding for the installation of shore power infrastructure at the Port of Quebec and the Port of Montreal.
The shore power infrastructure will be installed at Quebec’s Pointe-à-Carcy cruise terminal, with an estimated cost of around CAD 13.5 million. The government of Canada will provide up to USD 5 million under its ShorePower Technology for Ports Program. The government of Quebec is providing CAD 5.1 million, and the Quebec Port Authority is providing the remaining CAD 3.4 million.
The Port of Montreal will get two types of shore power systems, a shore power connection for cruise ships at the Alexandra Pier, and a four connection shore power system for wintering ships. Total greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions resulting from this project are expected to reach 2,800 tonnes annually – 1,300 tonnes from cruise ship connections and 1,500 tonnes from wintering ships.
The total cost of this project is CAD 11 million. The government of Canada is providing up to CAD 5 million, the government of Quebec is providing CAD 3 million and the Montreal Port Authority is providing the remaining CAD 3 million.
”With this investment, our government shows its commitment to ensure Québec’s economic well-being in terms of sustainable development. Apart from making maritime transportation more effective, this investment also supports the implementation of measures that will benefit the environment. We are also contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by promoting the introduction of new transportation technologies,” said Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for the Montreal region.