Royal Caribbean ship becomes the first to run on renewable diesel in the United States

Last week, Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas left the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, partially powered by a form of renewable diesel fuel. In doing so, Royal Caribbean Group has taken a major step in the sustainability of the cruise industry by becoming the first major operator to sail one of its ships from a US port with at least part of its fuel requirements. satisfied with renewed diesel, resulting in reduced carbon emissions.

This significant achievement in the continued use of alternative fuels comes less than a year after the company launched “Destination Net Zero”, Royal Caribbean Group’s comprehensive decarbonization strategy.


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“We are committed to investing in technologies and innovations that will help us reduce emissions and meet our goal of delivering great vacations responsibly,” said Laura Hodges Bethge, executive vice president of shared services operations. of Royal Caribbean Group. “As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to pursue other leading alternative solutions to achieve our net zero goals.”

The sustainable diesel used by Navigator of the Seas contains less carbon than traditional marine fuels. It is made from renewable raw materials, but the revolutionary production process makes this fuel molecularly identical to traditional marine gas oil, resulting in a “drop-in” fuel that is safely combustible in existing ship engines.

Royal Caribbean plans to continue using this low-carbon fuel to meet some of the Los Angeles-based vessel’s needs while it assesses the propellant’s feasibility for long-term use. The results of this renewable fuel trial should inform the company’s broader ambitions to expand its use to other vessels in its fleet. The move follows a similar trial conducted recently by the group’s joint venture partner, German company Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which is pursuing different methods of developing sustainable biofuels.

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Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas is fueled with renewable diesel fuel. (photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International)

For the ongoing trial, Royal Caribbean Group has partnered with World Fuel Services to supply Navigator of the Seas’ renewable fuel, which will be delivered to the Port of Los Angeles by Jankovich. From there, the ship sails short round-trip routes along the coast of Baja California to the west coast region of Mexico.

“We are extremely proud to be part of Royal Caribbean Group’s journey to make the cruise industry more sustainable by leveraging our renewable fuels distribution capabilities and technical expertise to facilitate the use of renewable fuels in a marine application,” said Michael J. Kasbar, President and CEO, World Fuel Services Corporation.

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