SF Tour Boat Company Switches Entire Fleet to Renewable Diesel

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Red and White Fleet, a San Francisco tour boat company, has switched its entire fleet of vessels from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a low-carbon fuel produced from 100% renewable and sustainable raw materials. The fuel cuts greenhouse-gas emissions by up to 80% and significantly reduces engine-out emissions, all while enhancing fleet performance, says Neste. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a drop-in alternative to petroleum 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,” comments Joe Burgard, executive vice president of Red and White Fleet.

Red and White Fleet, founded in 1892, is San Francisco’s first and original boat cruise. The company operates sightseeing tours of the San Francisco Bay Area in 16 different languages.

Burgard says Red and White Fleet tried out other alternative fuels in the past, “which resulted in cost and maintenance impacts beyond what was initially anticipated, so we approached the use of renewable diesel with caution.”

According to Neste, with renewable diesel, the company has found no disruption to any aspects of their operation – from fueling procedures and maintenance intervals to vessel performance and costs.

“The greatest operational benefit,” Burgard says, “has been the reduction of soot – which is a benefit to both our riders and our machinery, all while reducing our impact on greenhouse-gas emissions.”

“We are excited to partner with Red and White Fleet by providing them with a fuel that is clean, safe, renewable and odor-free,” notes Jeremy Baines, vice president of sales at Neste US Inc. “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.”

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

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