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Neste and OK Slurink provide Neste MY Renewable Diesel to Scylla’s 40 river cruise ships in the Netherlands

In a partnership aimed at advancing sustainability in river cruises, Neste and OK Slurink, subsidiary of Catom B.V. and a specialist in bunkering services, have joined forces with Scylla, a provider of river cruises, to supply Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in the Netherlands for Scylla’s river cruise operations. The collaboration, ongoing since February 2024, marks a step towards more sustainable practices in inland shipping, especially the river cruise sector.

OK Slurink will supply Scylla’s 40 river cruise ships with Neste MY Renewable Diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is an immediately available solution for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Made from 100% renewable raw materials, the use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel results in up to 75% or up to 95%* reduced GHG emissions over its life cycle compared to fossil diesel.

“Neste MY Renewable Diesel is an effective and readily available solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Its production from 100% renewable raw materials aligns with our commitment to help our customers reduce their GHG emissions, making the renewable fuel an important solution for making river cruises more sustainable,” says Marc Wouters, Sales Manager, Renewable Products at Neste.

This collaboration also aligns with the immediate need for more sustainable solutions in the river cruise industry. Since Neste MY Renewable Diesel has a similar chemical composition to fossil diesel, it is a drop-in solution that can be used in all diesel-powered vessels without the need for investments or modifications to engines or fuel distribution infrastructure.

“Partnering with Neste and Scylla allows us to make significant strides in our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emission. The availability of Neste MY Renewable Diesel for river cruise operations in the Netherlands is a game-changer, aligning with OK Slurink’s sustainability goals,” says Alwin Slurink from OK Slurink.

Scylla, operating a fleet of 40 ships, recognizes the importance of embracing more sustainable solutions in the river cruise industry. According to Robert Reitsma at Scylla: “By incorporating Neste MY Renewable Diesel into our river cruise operations, we are contributing to a more sustainable future. The partnership with Neste and OK Slurink signifies a collective commitment to reducing our carbon footprint in the Netherlands.”

This collaboration sets an important precedent for the river cruise industry to utilize more sustainable alternatives in their operations. The use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel reduces the environmental impact of river cruise operations but also showcases the feasibility of adopting more sustainable solutions seamlessly.

Neste, OK Slurink, and Scylla’s joint effort sends a clear message to the industry, encouraging a swift and comprehensive shift towards more sustainable and more environmentally responsible river cruise operations in the Netherlands and beyond.

*) The GHG emission reduction varies depending on the region-specific legislation that provides the methodology for the calculations (e.g. EU RED II 2018/2001/EU for Europe and US California LCFS for the US), and the raw material mix used to manufacture the product for each market.

(Source: Press release)

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