Ponant eliminates use of heavy fuel oil

Luxury expedition line Ponant has eliminated the use of heavy fuel oil across its fleet of ten ships.

The French company is now using low sulphur marine gas oil to power its vessels on all routes and destinations.

The switch from January 1 comes a year ahead or regulations requiring the use of fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.

Ponant said it was exceeding requirements of the legislation, using a fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1%.

Low sulphur marine gas oil is a hydrocarbon fuel obtained from the refining of crude oil and containing fewer pollutants, notably sulphur and fine particulate matter, according to the line.

“This ambitious approach has been applied to the entire fleet since January 1 and underlines the company’s commitment to the environment, going beyond the requirements of current regulations and anticipating future ones,” Ponant said in a statement.

“Every single action taken by the company is the result of study, research and careful choices, meaning the ship owner sets the example and leads the way in its industry, exceeding the regulatory environmental requirements whenever possible.”


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