Ships

EcoAction Brochure 2018Our approach to reducing emissions from ships includes supporting regulations, such as the International Maritime Organization North American Emission Control Area, providing incentives for positive environmental practices through our EcoAction Program, and supporting the use of shore power and cleaner fuels.

EcoAction Program

Our EcoAction* Program, launched in 2007, offers discounts on harbour dues to vessels meeting voluntary environmental best practices that reduce emissions, underwater noise and other environmental impacts. These practices include obtaining third-party environmental designations and using cleaner fuels and technologies.

 

Participation

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Number of qualifying vessel calls 759 612 416 520 521 440 332 498

Ships may qualify for gold, silver or bronze levels by meeting voluntary, industry best practices. Depending on the level they qualify for, they earn up to 47 per cent off the port authority’s basic harbour due rate. Learn about eligible criteria in our EcoAction program brochure [PDF]
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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 shipping lines with the greatest fleet-wide participation in the EcoAction program and terminal operators and other tenants participating in the Energy Action Initiative.

2017 Blue Circle Award recipients

American President Lines (APL) Hamburg Süd Princess Cruises
BC Ferries Hapag-Lloyd Saam Smit Towage
CMA CGM Hyundai Merchant Marine Seaspan ULC
Disney Cruise Line “K” Line Westwood Shipping Lines
Evergreen Line Mediterranean Shipping Company Yang Ming
G2 Ocean Pacific Basin Shipping
Cascadia Port Management Corporation (Energy Action Initiative) Viterra Pacific Elevators (Energy Action Initiative)

Shore power

Since 2009, shore power installations for cruise ships at the Port of Vancouver have eliminated 524 tonnes of air pollutants and 18,264 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Shore power, cold ironing or alternative marine power, is a clean technology that enables ships fitted with the necessary technical apparatus to shut down auxiliary engines and connect to hydroelectric power while at berth, thereby virtually eliminating related air emissions and engine noise.

Port of Vancouver annual cruise ship shore power results

Results

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Successful connections 54 54 77 76 82 60 35 44
Shore-power-capable ships 68 70 92 98 106 74 58 58
Fuel savings (tonnes) 671 689 885 841 978 725 424 476
Net greenhouse gas emission reductions (tCO2e) 2,126 2,185 2,811 2,656 3,092 2,266 1,318 1,521
Criteria air contaminants reduced (tonnes) 50 51 66 78 91 80 47 54

We’re adding more ways for ships to plug in and shut off their engines.  Shore power facilities are now operational at one container terminal, with another expected to be online by the end of 2018.

Learn more about our cruise and container shore power facilities.