Inside Logistics

Montreal Port Authority buys two more green locomotives

August 18, 2011

MONTREAL, Que. — The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has signed an agreement with R.J. Corman Railpower to purchase two more multiple-generator(GenSet) locomotives. The initial locomotive was delivered to the MPA in October. Each locomotive has a total capacity of 2,000 horsepower. The technology used by R.J. Corman Railpower was developed in Canada by Railpower.

GenSet locomotives are designed to reduce diesel consumption thanks to a power-regulating device that can start up one, two or all three generators, depending on the size of the task at hand. Furthermore, when the locomotive remains stationary for more than five minutes, the on-board computer puts the locomotive into standby mode, shutting off all the generators. Officials say this system helps reduce fuel consumption by 30% and cuts greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.

“By purchasing these two new locomotives, the Montreal Port Authority confirms its commitment to make the Port of Montreal a benchmark of the best environmental practices in North America’s marine industry,” said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the MPA.