New ship promises 'green' Antarctic voyages

New ship promises 'green' Antarctic voyages

Quark Expeditions is to offset the emissions of a new ‘green’ vessel to operate in Antarctica.

This will enable the adventure operator to offer what it claims to be the first carbon-neutral voyages in polar travel history.

Quark will offset an estimated 5,682 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents with selected hydro, wind power and reforestation carbon-neutral projects based in Turkey, Kenya, China and India.

New 189-passenger ship Ocean Diamond will depart on its 19-night maiden voyage to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica on November 3 with prices starting at £6,060 per person.

Company president Hans Lagerwell said: “Since the company’s inception, Quark has been committed to environmentally responsible tourism.

“By operating the Ocean Diamond Antarctica voyages as carbon-neutral, we show it’s possible to visit incredible places and preserve them for future generations.

“The average emissions per passenger are significantly lower than some former Quark vessels.”


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