Royal Caribbean ship ‘first’ to sail using renewable diesel in the US

Its Navigator of the Seas, which set sail from the Port of Los Angeles, uses renewable diesel to meet part of the ship’s fuel needs which will help reduce carbon emissions

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Royal Caribbean Group has become what it claims is the first major cruise line operator to sail a cruise ship using renewable diesel fuel in the US.

Its Navigator of the Seas, which set sail from the Port of Los Angeles, uses renewable diesel to meet part of the ship’s fuel needs which will help reduce carbon emissions.

The renewable fuel contains less carbon than traditional marine fuels and while the fuel is produced from renewable raw materials, the production process makes it molecularly identical to traditional marine gas oil, creating a “drop-in fuel”.

The cruise company is also working to reduce emissions while at port by investing in shore power on its ships and collaborating with key cruise ports.

The initiatives are part of the group’s pursuit of alternative fuels and supports its Destination Net Zero decarbonisation strategy, which aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Laura Hodges Bethge, Royal Caribbean Group’s Executive Vice President, Shared Services Operations said: “We are committed to investing in technologies and innovations that will help us reduce emissions and fulfil our purpose to deliver great vacations responsibly.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to set our sights on other leading alternative solutions to meet our net zero goals.”

Royal Caribbean Group is also set to debut the cruise industry’s first hybrid-powered ship in summer 2023.