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Hanseatic Helps To Protect The Environment: Zodiacs Fitted With Electric Motors

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ expedition ship HANSEATIC, offers her guests the unforgettable experience of taking a Zodiac into pristine, remote regions and now, thanks to the introduction of electric motors to her Zodiac fleet, it is incredibly environmentally-friendly.

Parts of the expedition- suitable zodiac fleet onboard HANSEATIC have been equipped with eco-friendly “Deep Blue” electric motors, produced by the German manufacturer Torqeedo. This makes Hapag-Lloyd Cruises the first cruise operator to use this “green” technology on expedition cruises.

The Zodiacs are the “secret weapons” of HANSEATIC: in the most exotic and remote regions on the planet, such as the Amazon, or Antarctic, they make it possible for guests to land in otherwise inaccessible areas. After a one-year pilot phase in which the electric motors were tested on Zodiacs onboard HANSEATIC and sister-ship BREMEN, parts of the rubber boats of both ships were equipped with these new 80 horse-power strong “Deep Blue” electric motors from Torqeedo in Starnberg/Germany.

As a full propulsion system, “Deep Blue” features an electric motor and all other components required to propel the boat – from the lithium battery to the on-board computer. Unlike outboards with combustion motors, electric propulsion systems do not release any emissions, or harmful substances into the water. This will help to protect the vulnerable waters in which excursions take place. Therefore, guests can enjoy more thrilling landings as the new motors cause no smells and are considerably quieter than the Zodiacs’ previous 36 horse-powered motors.

Additionally, the principle of slow steaming is applied as part of vessel management. This means that itineraries are calculated using an environmentally-sound average speed, which can cut fuel consumption by around one third. This is currently one of the most effective and best ways to reduce consumption and hence emissions.

For more information on expedition voyages aboard HANSEATIC, please contact one of our Cruises Experts on 0800 008 6677.