Royal Caribbean successfully completes biofuel testing
“This is a pivotal moment for Royal Caribbean Group’s alternative fuel journey,” said Jason Liberty, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group.
“Following our successful trial of biofuels this summer, we are one step closer to bringing our vision for net-zero cruising to life.
“As we strive to protect and promote the vibrant oceans we sail, we are determined to accelerate innovation and improve how we deliver vacation experiences responsibly.”
Its Symphony of the Seas became the first ship in the maritime industry to successfully test and use a biofuel blend in Barcelona to meet part of her fuel needs.
The company confirmed onboard technical systems met operational standards, without quality or safety concerns, demonstrating the biofuel blend is a reliable “drop in” supply of lower emission energy that ships can use to set sail across Europe and beyond.
The tests across Europe also provided valuable data to understand the availability and scalability of biofuel in the region.
“Royal Caribbean’s success is a clear example of how commitment to innovation makes possible the development of solutions to decarbonise the maritime sector,” said the president of the Port of Barcelona, Lluís Salvadó.
The company began testing biofuels last year and expanded the trail this summer in Europe to two additional ships — Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas and Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex.
The sustainable biofuel blends tested were produced by purifying renewable raw materials like waste oils and fats and combining them with fuel oil to create an alternative fuel that is cleaner and more sustainable.
The biofuel blends tested are accredited by International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), a globally recognised organisation that ensures sustainability of biofuels and verifies reductions of related emissions.