1 October 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet to operate without heavy fuel oil

Emissions are to be cut by 80 per cent

From July 2020 onwards, the global fleet of TUI Group´s Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will use marine gas oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 % (LS-MGO) exclusively. In doing so, the company will cut the emissions of its fleet of both luxury and expedition ships significantly. By transitioning to the low-pollutant fuel voluntarily, the sulphur emissions of the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet will be cut by 80 %. Additionally, the switch to marine gas oil means a reduction in soot and particulates of up to 30 %.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, says: “With our years of expertise in the luxury and expedition segment, we set the highest standards in the industry with our ships and are committed to adhering to strict environmental protection standards. Already we have made significant progress in this context and never stop working to improve even further. These efforts have taken us far beyond the minimum statutory requirements. The decision not to use heavy fuel oil is a significant step towards operating environmentally-conscious cruises and an important investment in our future.”

In 1993, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises stopped using heavy fuel oil in the Arctic of its own volition and only uses marine gas oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 %. At the start of the year, the company announced its decision to transition gradually and stop using heavy fuel oil in its expedition fleet in future. This important development now continues. Additionally, all new ships of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – including the EUROPA 2 and the new expedition class – are compatible with cold ironing and have been fitted with modern SCR (selective catalytic reduction) catalytic converters. These converters clean exhaust gases and lower nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 95 %.

The global routes will be planned and carried out with an average speed that is environmentally-friendly, cutting fuel consumption by over one third. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet is also equipped with seawater desalination technology to produce clean water, as well as with biological sewage treatment plants. The bow thrusters and stabilisers run on environmentally-friendly bio-petroleum.

“I believe that travel is immensely valuable and an important means of developing an understanding of the world. Cruising with Hapag-Lloyd Cruises means understanding nature better, coming face-to-face with it and even feeling a sense of humility for it,” adds Karl J. Pojer.

TUI Group operates 17 cruise ships across three brands – TUI Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd and Marella Cruises. Carbon emissions and air pollution from sulpur and nitrogen particles and other fine particulate matter pose environmental challenges for the cruise industry. TUI is constantly improving the environmental performance of its fleet. In the past year, TUI Group achieved a further 6.5 per cent carbon efficiency improvement across cruise operations. That is an overall 11.7 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger night compared to our 2015 base line. Read more about TUI´s sustainability strategy “Better Holidays, Better World” here.