Cruising Green with Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is the provider of the Seacoast’s most popular cruises. Located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, they have enjoyed over twenty years providing their ships for numerous occasions. Along with daily cruises, they host many different events including weddings and school field trips. With cruises running everyday it is inevitable that a lot of fuel is needed. Propane, gasoline, kerosene and diesel are common ship fuels, however these are much more harmful to the environment. They produce a lot of carbon emissions and are potentially detrimental to marine ecology. Simply Green’s relationship with Isles of Shoals Steamship Company was highlighted on Seacoast Online.
Simply Green’s biodiesel is not only better for the environment but for the ship itself. Compared to “traditional” fuels our biodiesel blend leads to longer run times, better mileage per gallon and better performance overall. This is because of the lubricity of our blend. In the past traditional fuels got their lubricity from the sulfates in it, however an EPA mandate in 2007 required sulfates to be removed. Our blend maintains lubricity because of the natural slickness of the vegetable oil. Starting in 2011, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company partnered with Simply Green and Green Alliance, and started to use our biodiesel. Just by making this simple change they reduce their carbon emissions by 16%.
The Green Alliance is an alliance of like-minded green companies in the Seacoast area. It was founded on a basis of partnership in communal environmental advocacy. They seek to promote local companies that actively have the least impact on the environment. Through promotion of these companies, the alliance educates and hopefully influences people to attain their goods and services in a more sustainable way.
On June 1, 2012, the Green Alliance and Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will be cruising into summer from 7 to 9:30 PM. The cruise is free for Green Alliance members and $30 for non members, however $30 will also give you a one year Green Alliance membership. Come enjoy the tunes of Blue Eye Brown and the Mystery Tramps and party with those thinking green.