Royal Caribbean Group to test new fuel

Royal Caribbean Group to test new fuel

Celebrity Apex and Symphony of the Seas will sail on alternative fuels

Royal Caribbean Group will start testing a more sustainable biofuel on two of its ships this summer.

Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Apex and Royal Caribbean International’s Symphony of the Seas will both run on the alternative fuel when they sail in Europe this summer.

The test is intended to highlight what the fuel is capable of and what it needs in terms of supply chain infrastructure.

During the three-month test, Celebrity Apex will depart from the Port of Rotterdam and Symphony of the Seas will depart from the Port of Barcelona, using a biofuel blend that reduces the ships’ carbon emissions. The biofuel blend is produced by purifying renewable raw materials like oils and fats and combining it with fuel oil to create an alternative fuel that is cleaner and more sustainable.

“Biofuels will play an increasingly important role in achieving, not only our own, but the entire maritime sector’s decarbonisation goals in the short and medium term. We take great pride in continuing to push our industry forward in exploring innovative fuel solutions that reduce carbon impact and preserve the vibrancy of the oceans we sail,” said Jason Liberty, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. 

After the trials are completed this summer, Royal Caribbean Group plans to scale up the use of alternative fuels, including biofuels, across upcoming European summer sailings. 

“With our sights set on a bright and sustainable future, we are committed to collaboration and innovation to ensure we deliver great vacation experiences, responsibly. With the completion of the trials our hope is to advance our ships’ ability to meaningfully reduce emissions and propel forward strategic partnerships with suppliers and ports to ensure there is sufficient availability of biofuel and infrastructures to make maritime energy transition a reality,” Liberty said.  

This key step in Royal Caribbean Group’s pursuit of alternative fuels follows closely after a biofuel trial on the California-based Navigator of the Seas,.

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