Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013 - (Page 46)

» CASE STUDY: PORT OF HALIFAX Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season T he Halifax Port Authority is taking the necessary steps to become the first port in Atlantic Canada to implement shore power for cruise ships. Its goal is to have shore power available to cruise customers during the 2014 cruise season. “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 electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked,” said Cathy McGrail, cruise development manager for the Halifax Port Authority. “Once installed, shore power at the Port of Halifax will have immediate benefits by decreasing cruise ship idling and will contribute to improved air quality.” Typically, vessels are in port for approximately nine hours, and during that time if connected to shore power, there would be no carbon dioxide (CO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx) or particulate matter (PM) emissions from the vessel auxiliary generators. Research conducted by Transport Canada, Nova Scotia Power and the Halifax Port Authority shows there would be an overall reduction in air emissions as a result of ships plugging in. “We expect that the magnitude of the CO2 savings from shore power will grow in time with ongoing changes to Nova Scotia Power’s electric grid emissions and renewable energy levels,” said McGrail. The NOx and particulate reductions are expected to be significant, which is particularly relevant for the downtown areas of Halifax and Dartmouth. The demand for shore power is industry-led and growing steadily. “Initially, we had confirmation that in 2014, nine of the scheduled cruise vessel calls to the Port of Halifax would be equipped to accept shore power,” explained McGrail. “We now believe as many as 29 of the scheduled calls in 2014 would be shore-power ready.” Using the 2014 cruise season as an example, the potential environmental benefit to using shore power would be an estimated decrease of approximately 307,500 litres of 46 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE A cruise ship in port at Halifax Port Authority. The port will be implementing shore power for the 2014 cruise season, which will cause an estimated decrease of approximately 307,500 litres of fuel used by ships. “Initially, we had confirmation that in 2014, nine of the scheduled cruise vessel calls to the Port of Halifax would be equipped to accept shore power. We now believe as many as 29 of the scheduled calls in 2014 would be shore-power ready.” – Cathy McGrail, Halifax Port Authority fuel used by cruise vessels. It is likely the reduction in fuel usage would increase over time as additional ships equipped for shore power use the facilities. Transport Canada will contribute up to $5 million to the project. The Province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax will each contribute an additional $2.5 million. Funding for the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is provided under the Clean Transportation Initiatives in Budget 2011 as part of the renewal of the Government of Canada’s Clean Air Agenda. These initiatives focus on aligning Canadian regulations with those in the United States and with international standards, improving the efficiency of the transportation system and advancing green technologies. These initiatives will help Canada achieve its economy-wide target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. “We feel shore power will be of tremendous benefit to the people of Halifax Regional Municipality, tourism operators across Nova Scotia, our cruise ship customers and the Halifax Port Authority in terms of both environmental sustainability and overall economic impact,” said McGrail, who is looking forward to the day when cruise ships will be able to plug in at the Port of Halifax. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
LNG Poised for Dramatic Growth
Harnessing Wind Power
XXII Latin American Ports Congress Welcomes the World
Energy Policies Taking Hold
Environmental Certifications Offer Tangible Benefits
A Good Neighbor
AAPA to Honor 26 Ports for Communications at 102nd Convention
New Rules for Marine Engines Reduce Port Emissions
Marine-Based Renewable Energy Creating Opportunities on a Global Scale
Curb Energy Costs to Boost Profits, Maintain Competitiveness
Considerations When Evaluating Alternative Power Sources from an Air Perspective
Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season
Aruba Creates Port-Funded Mangrove Reforestation Project
Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment
FPL to Build Next Generation Energy Center at Port Everglades
Index of Advertisers

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