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Funding for shore power at Canadian ports to boost business and tourism and protect the environment

May 4, 2012

OTTAWA, May 4, 2012 /CNW/ – The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the
Government of Canada is continuing its commitment to limit air
emissions from the Canadian transportation sector by inviting
applications for funding under the $27.2-million Shore Power Technology
for Ports Program.

The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program will provide cost-shared
funding for the installation of marine shore power at Canadian ports.
This innovative technology allows ships to plug into the local
electrical grid to power the vessel and turn off their diesel engines
when docked.

“Our investment in shore power will reduce emissions from ports, support
a cleaner environment and protect the health of Canadians by improving
the quality of air we breathe,” said Minister Lebel.  “This program
will boost the competitiveness of Canadian ports, provide new
opportunities for growth in the tourism sector, and create jobs across
the country.”

By offering an alternative to running diesel engines, marine shore power
will help ship operators to reduce fuel consumption and cut fuel costs.
This will help Canadian ports attract new business and remain
competitive for the future.  Shore power technology will also improve
local air quality by reducing air pollution from ships in some of
Canada’s largest urban centres.

Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is part of the
Government of Canada’s Clean Air Agenda and will help to achieve
Canada’s economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17
percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

Canadian port authorities and private organizations engaged in operating
and/or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada are encouraged to
apply for funding by September 28, 2012. A guide for applicants and
additional information is available on Transport Canada’s website at http://www.tc.gc.ca/sptp.


SOURCE Transport Canada

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