The Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) has joined the Methanol Institute (MI).
RCL has a fleet of 64 ships and is the owner and operator of three cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea Cruises.
It is also has a 50% stake in the joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
RCL’s sustainability journey began over 30 years ago,and since then, has remained steadfast in its commitment to innovate, and advance, the solutions necessary for a better future, the MI said.
The company’s commitment to ’SEA the Future’ by sustaining the planet, energising communities and accelerating innovation, has driven it to build on its robust portfolio of technologies to improve energy efficiency, water treatment and waste management.
Most recently, RCL has begun incorporating adaptable engines with the ability to use different fuel types, including methanol, on its journey to net zero.
MI CEO, Greg Dolan, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Royal Caribbean Group to the Methanol Institute. Royal Caribbean has long been an innovator in the cruise industry, as shown by their recent announcement that the fifth ship ordered in their Celebrity Cruises’ Edge-series will be powered by Wärtsilä 46 methanol-capable engines. MI looks forward to working with Royal Caribbean Group as they embark on their methanol journey.”
Jason Liberty, RCL’s President and CEO, added; “We are pleased to join the Methanol Institute, and as we seek sustainable energy solutions we recognise the importance of collaboration to help us transition to the energy platform of the future.”
Founded in 1989 in Washington DC, MI now represents members, including methanol producers, distributors and technology companies, from five offices worldwide – Singapore, Washington (DC), Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi.