Ponant fleet converts from HGO to low sulfur fuel

Ponant's entire fleet—which currently numbers eight ships—converted to LS MGO Jan. 1 Ponant's entire fleet—which currently numbers eight ships—converted to LS MGO Jan. 1

Ponant has eliminated the use of heavy fuel oil and replaced it with low sulfur marine gas oil nearly one year before required by international regulations.

Beats 2020 deadline

LS MGO is a hydrocarbon fuel obtained by refining crude oil so it contains fewer pollutants, notably sulfur oxides and particulate matter. In 2020, International Maritime Organization regulations call for the use of fuels with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5%.

Exceeds 0.5% sulfur cap by using 0.1%

Ponant said it is exceeding that requirement by using a fuel with a maximum sulfur content of 0.1%.

This forward-thinking approach has been applied to the entire fleet on all routes and destinations since Jan. 1.

 

Posted 24 January 2019

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