Ponant Converts Fleet to Environmentally-Friendly Fuel – One Year Before Deadline

New York, NY, Jan. 24, 2019 — Ponant, small ship luxury expeditions, announced today that it has eliminated the use of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and replaced it with LS MGO, Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oil across its entire fleet. Ponant has accomplished this nearly one year before this change is required by law.

One of Ponant’s vessels, Le Laperouse. Now all Ponant’s ships will be using environmentally friendly fuel.

LS MGO is a hydrocarbon fuel obtained from the refining of crude oil and containing fewer pollutants, notably Sulphur and fine particulate matter. In 2020, the law will require the use of fuels with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5%.

Ponant has not only implemented this law requiring the use of less polluting fuels a year before it the regulation is enforced, but also exceeded the requirements by using a fuel with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1%.

Ponant took this ambitious approach and applied this fuel change to its entire fleet on all routes and destinations beginning January 1, 2019. According to Ponant changing to the use of this more environmentally-friendly fuel highlights its 30-plus years commitment to the environment.

Ponant is a French-owned cruise line which specializes in luxury expeditions. It was founded in 1988 by Jean Emmanuel Sauvée along with a dozen officers of the French Merchant Navy. Ponant has pioneered luxury cruising through, what is describes, as a unique conception of sea travel combined with exceptional itineraries and luxury hotel services presented aboard smaller-scale ships.