Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Port of Prince Rupert Green Wave program reaches new milestone with additional shore power in place at DP World Fairview

Additional shore power is now available at
the DP World Fairview Facility
(Photo from PRPA) 

A key element of the Prince Rupert Port Authority's Carbon Reduction Plan was realized today with the activation of some expanded shore power capacity at the DP World Fairview Container Terminal facility, with the port announcing the full commissioning of the additional power supply alongside the Fairview docks.

New electrical infrastructure was installed at the Terminal’s north berth and upgrades were made to the south berth through a partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), DP World, and BC Hydro. 

The full commissioning of the shore power system now allows ships at both berths to shut down their main generators and rely on specially equipped dockside power connections while their cargo is being loaded and unloaded. The first ship to utilize the new north berth shore power system was the COSCO CSCL Summer on December 12, 2022.

The funding towards the 7.6 million dollar initiative featured a range of partners.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority, DP World Prince Rupert, and BC Hydro contributions to the project were supported by $2.2 million in funding toward the $7.6 million project provided through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge Fund and was coordinated through BMO Radicle.

The project is just another element of the PRPA Green Wave program, which is charting the Port's future towards environmental  themes for shipping on the North Coast.

The activation of the shore power will now provide for the ability to plug in large container vessels to shore power while at either terminal berth. 

Something that is forecast to reduce carbon emissions by almost 30,000 tonnes annually, as well as other air emissions related to vessel exhaust such as nitrogen oxides and particulates, from the local airshed. 

The Port notes that is the equivalent of removing over 6,500 typical passenger vehicles from the road. 

Workers at the DP World
facility at one of the shore power banks 
(Photo from PRPA)

The shore power project is a key part of PRPA’s Carbon Reduction Plan, which aims to reduce the Port’s greenhouse gas intensity by 30 percent from 2018 levels by the year 2030 and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

Carbon emissions from marine sources are a key focus for the plan, and local shore power complements other international efforts to improve air quality and abate emissions such as low-sulfur fuel regulations and developing new fuel and technological changes to ocean-going vessels.

A video from the Port provides a look at the commissioning process from Monday.

More on today's announcement is available here, with the Port and DP World outlining the impact that the expansion of the shore power program will have for both. 

A collection of photos focused on the power supply program is also included as part of the PRPA announcement.

Further notes on Port and DP World related themes can be reviewed from our archive pages below:

Prince Rupert Port Authority 

DP World Fairview Terminal


  1. Again, no hard questions by this blog on any port-related subject.

    Feb 02, 2021 press release: "Full operation of shore power is expected to start later this year".

    Almost 2 years later... better late than never!

    1. What hard questions? Like many projects I would imagine supply issues, much like some city initiatives, housing development and other projects had some impact on the work.

      At least no one had to buy bottled water for a few years owing to the shore power project ...

      Curious why you are against a project that will work to help out the carbon footprint in Prince Rupert NCR

    2. Clearly by saying "better late than never" I am in support of the initiative.

      But you removed my earlier comment with the list of questions worth asking and left unanswered:

      -what was the cause (or causes) of the year and half long delay?

      -why was the government funding funneled through a private corporation (BMO Radicle) and how much money do they stand to make from their work?

      -how much money are the PRPA, DP World and/or BC Hydro expected to make from this new installation?

      -how many ships are expected to actually utilize this service?

      None of these details were touched on in the press release, photos, or video content released... so... again I ask you: why not exercise your same level of scrutiny on port-related articles?

    3. I actually quite like your blog when it comes to sports, local events, Council meeting summaries, MLA Week, etc.

      But when it comes to anything to do with the port, you don't seem to ever do much more than take all their talking points as gospal.

    4. Well you are certainly entitled to your view there.

      However I don't see it that way, if you check the archives you will see a number of areas where I have alerted the readership to Port, or port stakeholder projects or initiatives of note

      Some have been picked up on by local media, others have yet to be explored.

      One item of note was this one which I've been tracking for a number of months

      I have been following the impact on the Commercial fleet of a proposed DP World expansion with a pretty good volume of stories.

      Doubt that it changes your perception of the blog, but so it goes


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