Hapag-Lloyd Cruises says all routes operated by its expedition cruise ships, including Hanseatic Nature, Hanseatic Inspiration and Bremen, will exclusively use low-sulphur marine gas oil (MGO) from July 2020.
Hanseatic Spirit, scheduled to join the fleet in 2021, will also be powered by MGO.
“With our long-standing expertise in expedition cruising, we have always set standards in our industry – with our ships, our itineraries and our quality and service standards,” says Karl J. Pojer, CEO Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
“In this context, we have always attributed top priority to responsible management of nature and the environment.
“The decision to successively shift to the use of Marine Gas Oil on all routes served by our expedition fleet has therefore been the right decision and an important step forward in order to deliver these goals.”
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises notes it has already been using 0.10% sulphur limit MGO for a number of years within vulnerable areas such as the Arctic, Antarctica and Kamchatka, according to the firm.
The company’s new expedition ships are also equipped with SCR catalysts, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%, and shore power connectors.
The routes are planned and managed on the basis an eco-efficient average speed, reducing fuel consumption by one third.
Its fleet further has seawater desalination systems to produce clean water and biological sewage treatment systems for wastewater. Environmentally-acceptable biological lubricants are used for the bow thrusters and stabilisers.
“The vulnerable cruising areas visited by our expedition cruise vessels need particular protection,” adds Pojer.
“Strict regulations apply to these regions, and of course we comply with each of these rules. In addition, we have defined stringent requirements we adhere to on our voyages to the most remote regions.”
Photo credit: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Published: 14 January, 2019
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