1 On Board - 1.4 Environmental awareness

Traveling responsibly is a core value we incorporate in all aspects of our operations. Whether it’s following environmental protection practices or respecting minimum approach distances to wildlife, our crew is committed to safe and ecological travel. We have a profound respect for the environment and cultures we are privileged to visit and strive to do our part to protect these amazing places.

Built for maximum efficiency, Hanse Explorer was fashioned for minimal environmental impact. Her MAK diesel engine is modern, reliable and highly fuel-efficient. She is equipped with a shaft generator, which produces the ship’s electricity while underway and saves considerable amounts of fuel. A reverse osmosis (desalination) plant produces 20 tons of fresh water a day and the biological wastewater treatment plant transforms sewage into grey water, which is safely released back into the sea. Hanse Explorer complies with all environmental regulations and exceeds the International Maritime Organization’s MARPOL standards, international requirements created for the prevention of pollution of the marine environment.

Hanse Explorer has been a member of the International Antarctic Tour Operations Organization (IAATO) since 2007. IAATO was founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. The association has set forth guidelines and operational protocols to ensure that travel to the Antarctic is not only safe, but also that all of the necessary precautions are taken to minimize impact on the environment and wildlife. Membership with IATTO is essentially the seal of approval for an outstanding company. For more information visit www.iaato.org.

Hanse Explorer is also a member of the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), an international organization dedicated to managing respectable, environmentally friendly and safe expeditions in the Arctic. AECO sets guidelines to ensure safe experiences of the Arctic’s unique and fragile nature, wildlife, cultures and cultural remains. The guidelines are also intended to support the protection of the environment and respect for and benefits to local communities. For more information visit www.aeco.no.