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Royal Caribbean Group Advances in Biofuel Use

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by Sakthi Prasad , Director - Content
26 September 2023

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(Royal Caribbean International's Symphony of the Seas. Source: Royal Caribbean)

Royal Caribbean Group, one of the world's leading cruise companies, has successfully completed a series of biofuel tests, marking a significant stride in the pursuit of alternative fuel use within the maritime industry. This development is part of the company's ongoing commitment to exploring sustainable energy solutions.

Conducted over 12 weeks in Europe, these tests are integral to Royal Caribbean Group's "SEA the Future" initiative, reflecting its dedication to sustainability, community energization, and innovation. The Symphony of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International and stationed in Barcelona, emerged as the first ship in the maritime sector to test and utilize a biofuel blend to meet part of its fuel needs.

The company, renowned for owning and operating three award-winning cruise brands, confirmed that the onboard technical systems adhered to all operational standards without any compromise on quality or safety. This validates that the biofuel blend is a dependable, lower-emission energy source suitable for ships sailing across Europe and beyond.

"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."

The biofuel blends tested were formulated by purifying renewable raw materials like waste oils and fats and mixing them with fuel oil. These sustainable blends have been accredited by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), verifying the sustainability and emission reductions of the biofuels.

Royal Caribbean Group initiated the biofuel tests last year and expanded the trial this summer to include Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Apex. Both ships conducted multiple sailings using biofuel, providing essential data on the fuel's capabilities.

To further the maritime energy transition, Royal Caribbean Group is exploring strategic partnerships with suppliers and ports to secure the availability of biofuel. The company, with its sustainability journey of over 30 years, continues to innovate and develop solutions for a more sustainable future.


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