CroisiEurope’s 3 riverboats on France’s Seine River - Renoir, Botticelli, and Seine Princess - have converted to using GTL (gas to liquids) fuel, that is cleaner than marine diesel oil and doesn't produce smoke.
This premium river cruise company is now working with the bunkering company AS Energy to introduce GTL fuel on the remaining fleet in France and also exploring options to supply the fuel to its vessels deploued on the French rivers Gironde, Loire and Rhone.
Moving to GTL fuel is the latest of a number of initiatives CroisiEurope implemented in an effort to minimize the environmental impact. All cruise ships now boast Greenship label engines which meet the strictest European pollution control standards, as well as water savers that reduced wastewater by 35% and helped CroisiEurope in achieving a 35% saving in drinking water.
The ships were also equipped with systems to dispose of wastewater in the urban sewerage network and water treatment stations. The cruise line uses paint with non-polluting components on all ships' undersides, biodegradable cleaning products, vegetable ink and non-bleached paper for printed materials.
CroisiEurope finances its own jetties/docking facilities to provide shoreside electricity in order to reduce engine exhaust gases when the ships are berthed.