Ships

EcoAction program brochure
Click above to open our EcoAction program brochure. New criteria for 2017 include options for ships that reduce underwater noise to lessen impacts on marine mammals.

We encourage positive environmental practices while ships operate at the Port of Vancouver. Several initiatives help to reduce port-related air emissions:

EcoAction program

Through the EcoAction* program, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority recognizes ships that go beyond requirements.

We offer discounted harbour due rates to ships that have implemented voluntary emission reduction measures and other environmental practices.

Since 2007, our EcoAction program has recognized a variety of cleaner fuels and technologies, as well as third-party environmental ratings, focused on reducing ship contributions to air quality and climate change.

In 2017, we introduced new incentives for ships to reduce underwater noise and lessen impacts on marine mammals.

Results

2015

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2012

2011

2010

Number of qualifying vessel calls 416 520 521 440 332 498

Ships may qualify for gold, silver or bronze levels, obtaining up to 47 per cent off the basic harbour due rate, for meeting voluntary, industry best practices. Learn about eligible criteria in our EcoAction program brochure [PDF].

Agents can submit an application for a reduced harbour dues rate through our customer portal, or contact us for more information.

Blue Circle AwardsBlue Circle Award Logo 2015

Our Blue Circle Awards recognize marine carriers that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in our EcoAction program.

The Blue Circle Awards program is a user-friendly financial incentive for shipping lines that reduce emissions of their ocean-going vessels. Vessel operators can apply for the program at each call or provide an annual declaration for their vessels.

2015 Blue Circle Award recipients

CMA CGM Hapag-Lloyd AG NYK Line
Disney Cruise Line Holland America Line Oldendorff Carriers
Evergreen Line Hyundai Merchant Marine Princess Cruises
Hamburg Sud “K” Line UASC
Hanjin Shipping Mediterranean Shipping Company  Westwood Shipping Lines

Shore power

Shore power, cold ironing or alternative marine power, is a clean technology that enables ships that are fitted with the necessary technical apparatus to shut down auxiliary engines and connect to hydroelectric power, thereby virtually eliminating related air emissions and engine noise.

First port in Canada, third in the world with shore power

In 2009, the Canada Place cruise ship terminal became the first in Canada and third in the world to offer shore power for cruise ships. A $9-million initiative, the cruise shore power installation at Canada Place was led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority with support from Transport Canada, British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and BC Hydro.

Shore Power infographicThis innovative, public-private sector collaboration was awarded the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia’s 2010 Environmental Award of Excellence.

In 2013, we installed an additional jib, or connection point, to further facilitate connections. As a result, cruise ship shore power connections at the Canada Place cruise terminal have increased by 58 per cent since 2010, reducing more than 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (CO2e).

Results

2015

2014

2013

2012

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2010

Successful connections 77 76 82 60 35 44
Calls capable of connecting 92 98 106 74 58 58
Fuel savings (tonnes) 885 841 978 725 424 476
Net greenhouse gas emission reductions (tCO2e) 2,811 2,656 3,092 2,266 1,318 1,521
Criteria air contaminants reduced (tonnes) 66 78 91 80 47 54

Shore power for container ships

We are working with industry to promote shore power technology at the Port of Vancouver. We have improved both operational procedures and facilities to support increased connections. To that end, container ships will also be able to connect to shore power by early 2017. In collaboration with container terminal operators GCT, DP World Vancouver and with Transport Canada, we will provide shore power enabled berths for container ships at Centerm Berth Five and Deltaport Third Berth.

Q&A – Shore power for container ships [PDF]

Shore power connection system

shorepower

Diagram: Cochran Marine

1. Primary metering equipment
2. Transformer
3. Secondary breakers
4. Capacitor
5. Ground switch
6. Jib/cable management
7. Cable

*The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s use of the name “EcoAction” refers to a program specifically intended to promote improved environmental performance within the shipping industry and is not related to the EcoAction Community Funding Program administered by Environment Canada.