There are few ways to travel that are less kind to the environment than a cruise (or to people, if you agree with David Foster Wallace in his essay A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again). Still, there's a bit of recent good news from the Royal Caribbean Cruise line: the company will use 18 million gallons of biodiesel from Imperium Renewables starting in 2008. The relationship will kick off this year with 15 million gallons going to the cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean's Securities and Exchange Commission filing says, in part, "We believe this is the single-largest long-term biodiesel sales contract to an end user in the U.S." IR is building a huge biodiesel plant in Grays Harbor, Washington, and Royal Caribbean Cruises had a 7 percent stake in the plant. Imperium will buy that seven percent.

[Source: The Seattle Times]

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