The Government of Canada is 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 technology allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel and turn off their diesel engines when docked.

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.

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