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Clean Californian cruising – Red and White Fleet switch to Finnish green diesel

One of the oldest company's in California's San Franciso Bay area, sightseeing cruise operator company Red and White Fleet are switching the entire vessel fleet from conventional diesel to using 100 percent Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

One of the oldest businesses in San Francisco’s Bay area, Red and White fleet operate a sightseeing cruise business. The company has switched its diesel-powered fleet to run on Neste’s MY renewable diesel (photo courtesy Red and White Fleet).

Founded in 1892, Red and White Fleet is San Francisco’s first and original boat cruise company and one of the oldest businesses in the Bay area. The company has decided to switch its entire fleet of diesel-powered vessels, four in total, to run on 100 percent renewable HVO-type diesel produced by Finland-headed oil refiner and renewable fuel producer Neste Oyj.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel that cuts greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80 percent and enables reductions in engine-out emissions while enhancing fleet performance. It is a drop-in alternative to conventional diesel and is distributed via the same fuel infrastructure.

The use of renewable diesel supports our environmental commitment, a key component of our brand, and deepens the pride our team takes in our service. We are constantly looking for opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment while providing the highest quality service, said Joe Burgard, Executive Vice President of Red and White Fleet.

The City of San Francisco and a number of public transit agencies supported Red and White Fleet’s research and transition to renewable diesel during which the company found absolutely no disruption to any aspects of their operation, from fueling procedures and maintenance intervals to vessel performance and costs. In addition, they observed clean stack emissions and longer fuel filter life.

The use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel offered the reliability, performance, and affordability that is critical to the success of our business. The greatest operational benefit has been the reduction of soot which is a benefit to both our riders and our machinery, Burgard said.

Western States Oil, based in San Jose, California, is the exclusive distributor of Neste MY Renewable Diesel to Red and White Fleet.

We are excited to partner with Red and White Fleet by providing them with a fuel that is clean, safe, renewable and odor free. Their decision places them amongst a growing list of progressive and forward-thinking San Francisco companies that want to ensure a better world through sustainable solutions said Jeremy Baines, Vice President of Sales, Neste US, Inc.

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