Montreal Port Authority (MPA) recently reported that its shore power initiatives are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by some 2,800 tonnes a year.
Namely, Cavotec, a shore power systems provider, has supplied a mobile shore power cable management system to the Port of Montreal. AMPMobile has been used to connect a major cruise ship to electrical power since August this year.
Montreal is Canada’s second largest port, and the introduction of shore power facilities is part of a wide-ranging redevelopment programme of the port’s cruise terminal.
Due to the proven environmental benefits of shore power, Canada’s largest port, the Port of Vancouver, is also taking steps to develop shore power infrastructure.
At DP World’s Centerm container terminal, Cavotec has delivered threeshore power pit covers and three shore power outlet (SPO) boxes. These will be installed in the first half of 2018. Similarly, at Global Container Terminals’ Deltaport, Canada’s largest container terminal, Cavotec has sold two shore power pit covers and two SPO boxes, which will be commissioned in spring 2018.
Shore power technologies, also known as cold ironing and Alternative Maritime Power (AMP), enable the connection of ships in port to connect to shore side electricity to power on board services. This enables ships’ diesel generators to be switched off, thereby reducing noise and harmful emissions of particulate matter, nitrogen, sulphur, and carbon oxides.