Cruise ships visiting Halifax will soon be able to switch off their engines and plug into the Nova Scotia power grid.

Million dollar investments are being made to update our power system, to allow for the service.

The ships currently spend a lot of money keeping engines and generators running when they are docked.

Port Authority President Karen Oldfield says under the shore system, they would plug into the grid, and pay the bill when they leave.

“The implementation of shore power in Halifax is not only good for our port, but it is great for the environment,” explains Oldfield.

She adds it will save on power, and how much fuel is burned.

Transport Canada is contributing $5 million, with the port and the province each chipping in $2.5 million for the “shore power” system.