North Carolina-based Southport Marina received the 2014 ValvTect Marina of the Year award.
Fuel Issues and Ethanol
The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association launched a grassroots campaign to rally support for a bill that seeks to amend the standard that sets requirements for the amount of ethanol that is blended into the overall fuel supply.
A bill that would help ease ethanol mandates was introduced in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
A cargo ship’s chief engineer was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans on Tuesday of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
Fort Lauderdale-based Star brite was named the official boat care product of Coastal Conservation Association Florida, which aims to conserve, promote and enhance the state’s coastal resources.
Chicago boaters say a city council push to make it mandatory for gas stations to sell E15, or gas with a 15 percent ethanol blend, is a slap in the face to the 8,000 boaters in the city.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Mercury Marine are among the groups voicing disappointment over the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement Friday that it will delay until 2015 the final rule that will tell fuel refiners how much ethanol must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply.
Marine maintenance and care product maker Star brite said it is sponsoring professional bass angler Shaw Grigsby, who has more than $1 million in B.A.S.S. winnings and is ranked fifth on the B.A.S.S. list of all-time money winners.
Mercury Marine is partnering with Fox Sports Outdoors host Barry Stokes to produce a video showing the negative effects that E15, or fuel that is 15 percent ethanol, has on a marine outboard engine.
Researchers say insecticides called neonicotinoids, which are used often in corn and soy fields, are leaching into Midwestern waterways and are not only contributing to an alarming decline of bee colonies, they are potentially harming marine life.