Marin Ferries Move toward Clean Diesel
by Mark Prado (Marin Independent Journal) There is a move afoot toward using renewable diesel for ferries, including on Golden Gate Ferry and Blue & Gold Fleet boats that dock in Marin, Bay Area transportation officials announced Thursday.
Switching to renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent or more, and it can also cut other emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, said officials who gathered at Pier 35 in San Francisco on Thursday to announce several ferry operators were making the change.
Renewable diesel is not a fossil fuel, but produced from non-petroleum renewable resources like animal fats, vegetable oils and greases. Golden Gate and Blue & Gold will begin the transition to renewable diesel through 2019, which will include specific field testing in higher-performing marine engines.
The Blue & Gold Fleet plans to switch to the renewable diesel as soon as this year. The ferry operator provides service to Sausalito, Tiburon and Angle Island.
Red and White Fleet made the switch to renewable diesel in late 2017. The San Francisco Fire Department has committed to transition all fire boats to renewable diesel this year as has Hornblower Cruises. The Water Emergency Transportation Authority will begin the transition process through 2019. READ MORE