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Neste partners with PTL Marine to supply renewable diesel to marine customers across California


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Neste Corp. announced Nov. 6 that it is partnering with PTL Marine to provide Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ to the marine sector across the state of California.

PTL Marine, a division of Pilot Thomas Logistics, is a leading provider of maritime fuel and lubricants, supplies and last-mile logistics.

Through this collaboration, the state’s marine industry will have easier access to renewable diesel, Neste stated. California’s Commercial Harbor Craft regulation, established by the California Air Resources Board, took effect Jan. 1, 2023.

“This regulation requires commercial harbor-craft vessels in the state to use renewable diesel (also known locally as R99 or R100) instead of ultra-low sulfur diesel, to limit emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen oxides for vessels operating in the state’s ports and near the coast,” Neste stated.

The regulation applies to the use of on-water diesel fuels in California harbors, ports, navigable waterways, marinas and marine-navigation districts. “Our partnership with PTL Marine demonstrates renewable diesel’s wide range of applications in the heavy-duty sectors,” said Carrie Song, an executive with Neste’s division in the Americas. “We are excited to see California actively encouraging the use of renewable diesel outside of road transportation to reduce emissions, especially from older engines. With strategic partners like PTL Marine, we look forward to helping California’s marine industry have easier access to this more sustainable alternative.”

Neste noted that while ports are obviously important for the U.S. economy, port-related emissions from fossil-fuel use impact public health and the climate.

CARB research found that renewable diesel, when compared with fossil diesel, can provide up to a 26.6 percent reduction in fine particulate emissions and up to 11.8 percent reduction in the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in harbor crafts equipped with a Tier 2 marine-certified engine. Additionally, renewable diesel is an immediately available solution to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.

Made from sustainably sourced, 100 percent renewable raw materials, the use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel results in up to 75 percent reduced GHG emissions over its lifecycle compared to fossil diesel. Since Neste MY Renewable Diesel has a similar chemical composition to fossil diesel, it can be used as a drop-in solution in all diesel-powered vessels without investments into new vehicle fleets, modifications to the engines or the fuel-distribution infrastructure.

It also delivers strong performance and meets all of the CARB requirements, including a flash point of 140 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Neste said PTL Marine has decades of experience in providing fuels and lubricants to marine customers and can deliver Neste MY Renewable Diesel to customers in a timely manner with three modes of delivery: truck to vessel, dockside services, and barge to vessel.

These various delivery modes enable a range of harbor craft, from small ferries to large commercial fishing boats, as well as offshore working boats and large cargo ships, to easily access renewable fuel. “We are pleased to be working alongside Neste to deliver a high-quality, reliable supply of renewable diesel for our West Coast customers,” said Steven Taylor, PTL Marine’s business-development manager. “Partnering with a company that shares our values and embodies our commitment to innovation makes this an exciting partnership.” Neste has been supplying renewable diesel to California since 2016.

Neste now has an annual production capacity of 1.14 billion gallons of renewable products globally.

The production capacity will further increase to 1.9 billion gallons in early 2024 thanks to the ramp-up of production at Neste’s expanded refinery in Singapore and the company’s joint operation with Marathon Petroleum in Martinez, California.

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