Ponant to run ship on cooking oil biofuel

Ponant to run ship on cooking oil biofuel

Sunday, 29 Sep, 2023 0

PONANT expedition cruise ship Le Champlain is to run on biofuel produced from recycled cooking oil.

The landmark sustainable marine fuel trial is being carried out with supplier ALTENS and is the first of its kind in France.

PONANT is the first French cruise line to test this new type of biofuel.

The first bunkering will be accompanied by a series of tests to ensure that NOx emissions remain compliant

SOx, particulates and black carbon emissions will also be measured.

Once the trial stage is completed, PONANT plans to roll out its use to the rest of its fleet, subject to supply capacities.

“This first marine biofuel test is part of our roadmap as their carbon footprint is infinitely lower than conventional fuels,” said Mathieu Petiteau, R&D Director.

“They are produced from used cooking oils, can be incorporated directly into engines and are available now.”

“We want to help demonstrate that it is a credible alternative to decarbonising for the entire maritime industry.”

During a technical stop in Cherbourg, Le Champlain will take on biodiesel B100 which is 100% produced from cooking oils from the food industry in France.

Le Champlain is fitted with Wartsila diesel engines and B100 is compatible as a drop-in fuel.

Its CO2 emissions are 90% lower than fossil fuels, and it exceeds European requirements for 2035.

Learn more about :   Ponant Yacht Cruise & Expeditions ( United Kingdom )  



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