Halifax to provide shore power for cruise ships

By Bill Poling
The Port of Halifax disclosed that it will implement shore power for cruise ships, beginning with the 2014 cruise season, becoming the first port in Atlantic Canada to do so.

The move represents a $10 million cooperative initiative among the government of Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the Port of Halifax.

The funding was part of a national initiative in Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% from 2005 levels by 2020.

Vancouver already provides shore power for cruise ships, as does a handful of U.S. Pacific ports.

Halifax may be the first East Coast port with the capability, though The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning to bring shore power to the Brooklyn cruise terminal, also in 2014.
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