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Shore Power at Canada Place

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Every time a cruise ship plugs into shore power at Canada Place, it is the equivalent of removing 80 cars from the road during the time it is plugged in.

Click on image to view video about Port Metro Vancouver's shore power program.

Shore Power Installation at Canada Place

As the homeport of one of the world’s most popular cruises, Port Metro Vancouver is leading the way for other ports to address air quality and climate change.

In 2009, Port Metro Vancouver became the first port in Canada and third in the world to install shore power for cruise ships, allowing ships to shut down their diesel engines and connect to a land-based electrical grid while docked at Canada Place. The installation represents a $9 million initiative by the Government of Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, BC Hydro and Port Metro Vancouver.

The specially designed electrical cables are plugged into a cruise ship at Canada Place, allowing the vessel to shut off its diesel generators while docked in Vancouver.

The 2013 season marked the fourth full year of operations of the award-winning shore power installation at Canada Place, the first of its kind in Canada. During the 2103 cruise season, 82 vessels connected to the Port’s shore power facilities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 3,000 tonnes.

Shore power is a part of our overall Air Action Program, which also includes projects that minimize emissions of trucks, cargo handling equipment and trains. Recently, the Air Action Program received an ecoFREIGHT Sustainable Transportation Award at the 2010 GLOBE Conference. The award recognized the Port for its leadership in addressing the impact of freight transportation on the environment.

The Canada Place Shore Power Installation was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC’s (APEGBC) 2010 Environmental Award of Excellence.

How does shore power work?

Shore power diagram

Diagram: Cochran Marine 

Shore power connection system:

1. Primary Metering Equipment

5. Ground Switch

2. Transformer

6. Jib/Cable Management

3. Secondary Breakers

7. Cable

4. Capacitor


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