As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants
We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.
Quark Expeditions undertake a number of initiatives committed toward sustainable travel. Quark sponsor 'Penguin Lifelines' a project dedicated to study the changing populations of penguin species. All Quark vessels use marine Gas Oil, a cleaner, low-emission factor alternative to heavy fuels. On board the vessel passengers will be provided with reusable water bottles, minimising single-use plastic, sustainable seafood is served, paper-use is also minimised.
For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE