Environmental responsibility a top priority
Acting responsibly towards nature and the environment is always a top priority for the line, according to CEO Karl J. Pojer. 'The decision to change fuels gradually and use marine gas oil all year 'round on all expedition fleet routes in future is, for us, a step in the right direction towards achieving this important objective,' he added.
The use of low-sulfur fuels in the Antarctic has been mandatory for several years and already Hapag-Lloyd Cruises voluntarily uses MGO in other sensitive regions, such as the Arctic and Kamchatka. This low-pollutant fuel has a sulfur content of just 0.1%.
In addition, the new expedition ships are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95%, and they're equipped to use shore power.
The line said its routes will be designed for an average speed that is environmentally-friendly, cutting fuel consumption by around one-third. The fleet is also equipped with biological sewage treatment plants, and the bow thrusters and stabilisers run on environmentally-friendly bio-petroleum.