Questions and Answers

In order to help you have a better understanding of the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program, a series of Questions and Answers were developed and are presented below for your convenience.

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Q1. What is shore power technology for ports?

A1. Shore power technology for ports, also called marine shore power, is a leading-edge technology that allows ships to plug into the local electrical grid to power the vessel while at port. This provides power to ship equipment such as electric pumps, lighting, and water heating, avoiding the use of auxiliary diesel engines which consume fuel, produce GHG and air pollutant emissions.

Q2. What is the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program?

A2. The Shore Power Technology for Ports Program is part of the Government of Canada's ongoing efforts to improve air quality and limit greenhouse gas emissions from the Canadian transportation sector; it provides up to $27.2 million in cost-shared funding towards the deployment of marine shore power technology at Canadian ports.

Q3. When will Transport Canada begin to provide funding for selected projects under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program?

A3. Project funding will start at the earliest on April 1, 2013 and end at the latest on December 31, 2015.

Q4. What organizations are eligible to receive funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program?

A4. Canadian Port Authorities and private entities engaged in operating and/or owning marine ports and terminals in Canada are eligible for funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program.

Q5. Can non-Canadian organizations apply for funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program?

A5. Yes. Non-Canadian organizations, such as foreign owned terminal operators, are eligible to receive funding for projects that take place at a Canadian port.

Q6. How are the projects selected for funding?

A6. Applications will be selected based on defined selection criteria available in the Shore Power Technology for Ports’ Applicant Guide. The selection criteria were determined through consultation with takeholders to ensure the criteria were well defined and understood by industry.

Q7. How much funding are recipients eligible to receive?

A7. The federal government will provide up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $5 million per contribution.

Q8. When will funding be awarded?

A8. After successful recipients are notified, recipients will be required to sign a contribution agreement which will define all aspects of the project including project timelines. Included in these timelines will be a schedule which will specify when funding will be awarded.

Q9. Can an applicant reapply for funding under the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program if their initial proposal is not accepted?

A9. Yes. Applicants can reapply if they receive an indication that their application was ineligible, provided the subsequent application differs sufficiently from its previous version to demonstrate that it merits another assessment.

Q10. When and how will applicants be able to apply?

A10.Applicants may apply following the next call for proposals. Further information regarding the next call for proposals will be made available in the near future on the Shore Power Technology for Ports website.

The Applicant Guide which describes the program and guides interested parties through the application process is available on the website.

Q11 How many projects are expected to be funded under the SPTP Program?

A11. The goal is to fund multiple projects of varying scope across Canada. Additional projects will be announced under the first round of funding in the near future. The Government of Canada will issue another call for proposals in 2013.

Q12. How can I get more information on the Shore Power Technology for Ports Program?

A12. If you require additional information, you can visit the Shore Power Technology for Ports’ website at www.tc.gc.ca/sptp or you may contact program representatives at the following coordinates:

Shore Power Technology for Ports Program
330 Sparks St, Place de Ville, Tower C
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5

Email: sptp-paqp@tc.gc.ca