Hamburg, 10 January 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Expedition fleet to stop using heavy fuel oil

  • All expedition cruise ships to shift to low-sulfur Marine Gas Oil from July 2020
  • New 2020-21 expedition cruise brochures available from 22 January 2019

With the publication of the new expedition voyages for 2020-2021, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has announced that it will exclusively use low-sulfur Marine Gas Oil (MGO) on all routes operated by HANSEATIC nature, HANSEATIC inspiration and BREMEN 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. 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,” says Karl J. Pojer, CEO Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

In particularly vulnerable areas such as the Arctic, Antarctica and Kamchatka, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has been using Marine Gas Oil for a number of years, long before the corresponding legal regulations have taken effect. The low-emission fuel has a sulfur content of only 0.1 per cent. The new expedition ships are also equipped with SCR catalysts, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions by almost 95 per cent, and shore power connectors.

The routes are planned and managed on the basis an eco-efficient average speed, reducing fuel consumption by one third. Moreover, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet 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. 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,” adds Karl J. Pojer.

About Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is the leading provider of luxury and expedition cruises in German-speaking markets. Its flagships set international standards. With 5 stars plus, the “MS Europa” and “MS Europa 2” have been awarded the highest ranking in the Berlitz Cruise Guide, making them the only vessels in that category.

The expedition fleet includes the “MS Bremen”, the “HANSEATIC nature“ and the “HANSEATIC inspiration“.