Reducing our impact

More ships, less CO2

Following the order of Honfleur, Salamanca and Galicia, in spring 2019 we confirmed, the order of a third LNG-powered vessel, Santoña. LNG is a more environmentally friendly fuel than diesel. Sulphur-free and virtually particle-free, LNG has many advantages, including the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Due to enter service later in 2020, Honfleur, will be one of the most environmentally friendly ships operating on the Channel.

Using LNG makes it possible to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 85% and CO2 emissions by around 20%.

A reduction in our emissions

We are taking action to reduce our emissions by:

  • Investing in ships that comply with "Clean Sea" standards, thus reducing our CO2 emissions by 10%
  • Equipping six of our vessels with smoke filters, reducing our sulphur and particulate emissions by 97%
  • Using low-sulphur diesel fuel
  • Equipping our ships with eco-steering software and optimising our routes
  • Applying toxin-free silicon-based paints to the hulls of our ships to improve navigation and reduce our fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Water, a precious resource

The majority of our ships are self-sufficient in fresh water. They are equipped with on-board facilities that produce fresh water from heated and desalinated seawater.

All ships built over the past 20 years are equipped with waste water treatment facilities. Any water polluted by chemicals such as hydrocarbons is treated ashore by certified companies.

Protection of marine environments

Our ships take part in various international research projects on fauna, flora and marine environments:

  • Armorique and Pont-Aven carries a ferry box which takes measurements of sea water quality as part of scientific projects conducted by the CNRS/INSU biological station in Roscoff
  • We are working with SAHFOS in a global project to collect plankton samples to help scientists assess the effects of global warming
  • Scientists and wildlife officers from ORCA are on our ships for 6 months of the year. In 2019, 33 studies took place
  • As part of a study carried out in partnership with the University of Exeter, bat detection devices are installed on the mast of Pont-Aven to study the migration of these small mammals