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. Shore power is a highly effective way 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.

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 30, 2013. A guide for applicants and additional information is available on Transport Canada’s website at www.tc.gc.ca/sptp.

Announced in January 2012, the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is a $27.2-million contribution program that 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. Under the first funding round announced in May 2012, contributions are being made to Port of Halifax to implement shore power for cruise ships, beginning with the 2014 cruise season. Also under the first funding round, Seaspan Ferries Corporation is receiving contributions to install shore power at the Swartz Bay Terminal on Vancouver Island. Additional projects under the first round of funding will be announced in the coming months.