Specifically, the company announced that it will use marine gas oil (MGO) on all of its routes sailed by its expedition vessels, the HANSEATIC nature, the HANSEATIC inspiration and the Bremen from July 2020. Joining the fleet in 2021, the HANSEATIC spirit will also use this fuel.
Speaking about this decision, Karl J. Pojer, CEO Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, said that it was made to protect nature and the environment.
Today, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is using MGO in particularly vulnerable areas such as the Arctic, Antarctica and Kamchatka. This fuel has a sulphur content of only 0.1%. Moreover, the new expedition ships have SCR catalysts, which reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by around 95%, as well as shore power connectors.
The routes will be managed on the basis an eco-efficient average speed, which aims to reduce fuel consumption by one third. What is more, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will use seawater desalination systems to produce clean water and biological sewage treatment systems for wastewater. In addition, environmental-friendly biological lubricants are used for the bow thrusters and stabilisers.
Karl J. Pojer added that the company's cruise ships are visiting areas where strict regulations apply. So the decision to use MGO was to comply with these regulations, in addition to its own requirements.