The MS "Fram", which sails on expedition cruises in Svalbard, runs on the lightest type of marine diesel fuel. Anne Marit Bjørnflaten, Hurtigruten's communications director, said the company is in favor of restrictions on shipping that help preserve nature as it is.
"Many of our customers want to experience pure and untouched nature that is managed best. We want future generations to experience Svalbard on the same terms as us," Bjørnflaten said. She and several others said they are welcoming a ban on heavy oil in many areas that will take effect next year, since it will not prevent them from normal operations.
"Our fuel has very low sulfur values and the engines have high efficiency," Bjørnflaten said. At the same time, Hurtigruten is supportive of further remedial action against soot pollution.
Wants international agreements
Bjørnflaten also said Hurtigruten is a supporter of international agreements regulating air pollution from ships. She said that, among other thing, Svalbard is not included in several agreements that limit soot emissions in vulnerable environments and which, according to her, have positive climate effects.