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Update 2017/8/14
Greening Transportation


This story is brought to you in part by Glenergy

By Cori Marshall

The Montréal Port Authority (MPA) has taken another step forward in promoting clean energy in the shipping industry. It was announced on Friday that the Shore Power Project was complete, "the first green initiative of its kind in Québec. The project was rolled out in two phases. The first was shore power for wintering vessels and the second, for cruise ships, the MPA stated in a press release. This latest addition to the Metropolis' port facilities will allow for cruise ships to be powered by electricity.

We spoke with Mélanie Nadeau, the Director of Communications with the MPA. Cruise ships operate in the waters of many different countries with differing air quality regulations, and Nadeau explained that "cruise lines are continuously investing in new technologies," in order to comply with different regulations. She added that "it's important for [Montréal] to invest and have the ability to offer these types of services."

Montréal's Shore Power Project will achieve "cleaner through [the] elimination of greenhouse gases," while ships are docked in the city. There is a positive economic side for the ships themselves, the "reduction in fuel consumption, [will result in a] reduction in vessel operating costs," Nadeau said. The Director of Communications underlined that this "added incentive [is] to attract more cruise ships to our city."

The ships being powered here do not seem to present any problems in terms of demand for electricity. Nadeau said quite frankly "we do not see any challenges in this regard." The components of this installation will be complementary, there is "a lot of electricity," in Québec. Hydro-Québec worked closely with the MPA on this project.

The two phases Shore Power Project were funded in partnership with MPA and the governments of Canada and Québec. The project cost a combined $11 million, with the federal government contributing the largest portion of $5 million. The installation is equipped with two switch gears one of 15 kV and the other 25 kV. This project will also bring prestige to the city as it will "consolidate the Port of Montréal's position in the international cruise network."

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