Feds fund improvements to air quality at Canadian ports

by Canadian Shipper

OTTAWA, ON– The federal government is launching a second round of funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program to improve air quality at Canadian ports. The shore power program aims to reduce marine diesel air emissions by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the local electrical grid in order to power their on-board systems while docked.

Announced in January 2012, the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is a $27.2-million contribution program which supports cost-shared projects. The federal government will provide up to 50 per cent of the eligible costs – up to a maximum contribution of $5 million per project.

“This technology will improve local air quality by reducing air pollution from ships in some of Canada’s largest urban centres,” said The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Canadian port authorities and private organizations engaged in operating and/or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada must apply for funding by September 30, 2013. A guide for applicants and additional information is available on Transport Canada’s website at www.tc.gc.ca/sptp.

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