We protect better what we know
Protecting the environment
Every day, PONANT is committed to protecting the environment.
An increasingly cleaner fleet
We go above and beyond current environmental regulations (the MARPOL convention for the prevention of pollution from ships and the Polar Code for example) by studying the ways that help us minimize our impact on the places we visit. Thanks to our efforts, all PONANT ships have been awarded the international “Clean Ship” label, which certifies that we have reduced our environmental impact.
A vigorous policy of drastic reduction in the use of fuel oil for ship operations
MDO (marine diesel oil) is lighter and less polluting than HFO (heavy fuel oil)
LNG (liquified natural gas) is currently the greenest fuel on the market (25% less carbon emissions, 85% less nitrogen oxide emissions and 95% less fine particle emissions)
The technology at the heart of PONANT ship designs
The first electric hybrid polar ship powered by LNG in the world
and optimization of
to reduce energy
The Icebreaker features perfected “Clean Ship” fittings that go beyond the current industry-standard environmental regulations:
- Reduction of SO2, NOX, CO2 and particle emissions thanks to the use of LNG
- Zero emissions when in electric hybrid mode
- Use of advanced diesel engine technology
- Compliance with new IMO (International Maritime Organization) 2020 regulation on Sulphur emission levels
- Compliance with ECA requirements (Emission Control Area)
LNG’s advantages for the Earth
nitrogen oxide emissions
fine particle emissions
- Energy optimization system that precisely measures consumptions and optimization of ship sailing methods
- Waste Heat Recovery System
- Electric output optimized and consumption reduced through the use of latest generation electric batteries
- Advanced Waste Water Treatment System
Improved waste and sewage treatment
All types of “water” generated aboard our ships are treated to prevent the potential risk of polluting aquatic environments.
is filtered, treated, and reused. At the end of the process, solid waste is stored and unloaded on land, in accordance with standard regulatory procedures.
(bath, shower, kitchen, laundry) is recycled and reused to wash external decks.
is treated using ceramic membrane filtration systems to obtain an extremely low content of hydrocarbons: less than 5ppm instead of 15ppm.
is subject to biodecontamination.
(solids – liquids – glass – cardboard – food – medicines)
pulpers / crushers / compactors
On a cruise, everyone’s responsible!
Additionally, an environmental impact study is carried out before the conception of each new itinerary to ensure that the impact of our landings is only ever temporary and transitory. On its expedition cruises, PONANT takes its passengers to some of the most remote and wild places on the planet. We are very conscious of our status as privileged guests at the sites we visit and of our obligations both towards them and towards the people who live there.
As such, we carry out an environmental impact study before designing every new itinerary. A biodiversity inventory (fauna, flora, geology) is taken of the places where we plan to disembark and access routes are prepared that do not impinge on the areas to be preserved. Consequently, we work together with several organizations, such as the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, French Southern and Antarctic Lands), the Seychelles Foundation, the Aldabra Foundation, and the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation.
Reducing noise pollution
Reducing light pollution
Respecting local resources
Zero impact landings
Raising the awareness of our guests
Drawing the attention of the staff