|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: