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.

New tests raise questions about E15

The marine industry’s opposition to the distribution of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol received a boost this week. Engine durability tests by the Coordinating Research Council, which studies the interaction of engines and petroleum products, found leaks from uneven valve seat wear and pittage in two of eight 2001-09 vehicle engines run for 500 hours…more

ValvTect celebrates its 25th anniversary

When Jerry Nessenson told his wife in 1987 that he planned to start a fuel additive company, she took a dim view of the idea. Nessenson had spent 20 years in the oil business, first at Texaco and later building one of the nation’s largest fuel distributors. The Nessensons had four children in college, and…more

Government lowers forecast for summer gas prices

Gasoline prices probably won’t set records this summer, thanks to a recent drop in the price of oil. The government on Tuesday slashed its forecast for average gas prices to $3.79 a gallon for the summer driving season. That’s down from an initial estimate of $3.95 and below the record average of $3.80 in 2008.…more

Federal appeals court hears E15 waiver challenge

A panel of three judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit this week heard oral arguments on a challenge to the EPA waiver that allows for 15 percent ethanol-blended gasoline to be sold for use in cars model-year 2001 and newer. The National Marine Manufacturers Association joined with the Alliance of…more

EPA approval moves E15 closer to marketplace

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for the registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol, bringing us “another step closer to consumers being confused by the offering of E15 at their local gas station,” according to Cindy Squires, chief counsel for public affairs and…more

Consumer price index up in February

The Consumer Price Index increased 0.4 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. During the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 2.9 percent before seasonal adjustment. The gasoline index rose sharply in February, accounting for more than 80 percent of the change in the all-items…more

Company says it’s close to producing biofuel alternative

In its latest earnings statement, Gevo Inc., a renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, mentioned a report by the National Marine Manufacturers Association identifying isobutanol as a possible gasoline blend stock for the marine industry as a “highlight” of its fiscal year. “Gevo’s 16.1 percent isobutanol blend was compared to standard engine testing gasolines in…more

ValvTect names Western sales rep

ValvTect Petroleum appointed Marine Markets West to represent the company’s marine fuel additives product line in states west of the Rocky Mountains (except California). Based in Fall City, Wash., Marine Markets West has been representing marine manufacturers for more than 30 years. “We are pleased to be working with such a well-known and respected group…more

E15 study bill passes House committee

The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved a bill this week from Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would require a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol. “I am pleased that the committee voted … to put science before…more

Fuel-system manufacturer expands Florida headquarters

Algae-X International, a manufacturer of diesel fuel quality-optimization equipment, is expanding its Fort Myers, Fla., headquarters and will more than double its production, assembly and office space. “Both our domestic and export business are rapidly growing. AXI is working with clients and new partners more than ever before in South America, Europe, the Middle East…more

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