Montreal Port Authority has completed its shore power project allowing vessels docking at the Port’s new cruise terminal to be powered by utility-generated electricity. This two-pronged project is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2,800 tonnes per year.

This is the first green initiative of its kind in Quebec. The project was rolled out in two phases. The first was shore power for wintering vessels and the second, for cruise ships. In 2016, the MPA developed four power supply stations at berths 25, 27, 29 and M2 for vessels that winter at the Port.

Hydro-Québec installed a new 25 kV line to supply the new substation installed at the cruise terminal in 2016. Carried out in 2016 and 2017, these works led on July 29 to the successfully completed, first ever connection to Holland America Line’s cruise ship, MS Veendam.

The total project cost was $11 million. The government of Canada is contributing up to $5 million under its Shore Power Technology for Ports Program. The government of Quebec contributed $3 million under its program to improve marine, air and rail transportation efficiency to reduce GHG emissions (PETMAF en matière de réduction des émissions de GES). The Port Authority contributed $3 million.

“Now completed, this shore power project will result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, offsetting virtually all the GHG emissions for which the Port is responsible,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority. “I warmly thank the governments of Canada and Quebec for their generous contribution to the project that enables the Port to keep providing efficient, modern and improved infrastructures to its clients and to remain a leader in environmental protection.”

“We would like to congratulate the Montreal Port Authority on their initiative to offer cruise ships the opportunity to use shore power when the ship is docked. This is another fine example of the extraordinary potential of our clean renewable energy during the energy transition to transportation electrification,” said David Murray, President of Hydro-Québec Distribution.