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.

Moeller Marine offers tips on fuel-tank regulations

Moeller Marine is advising boatbuilders to consider the potential risks of not complying with new marine fuel tank regulations. Non-compliance with Environmental Protection Agency and California state regulations dealing with evaporative emission requirements in marine fuel tanks and fuel systems could put builders at risk — or out of business — by Jan. 1, according…more

NMMA sees promise in biofuel alternative

The National Marine Manufacturers Association released findings from preliminary evaluations of isobutanol-gasoline blends supplied by Gevo, which the association said could be a “promising biofuel alternative to E15.” The tests were conducted by the NMMA and the American Boat and Yacht Council as the recreational boating industry explores alternative biofuels in response to the U.S.…more

Reports show E15 damage in marine engines

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy recently released the results of two studies on the effects of using fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume in marine engines, and the reports showed significant problems with outboard, sterndrive and inboard engines, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported. The studies…more

Bill calls on EPA to do further E15 testing

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., recently introduced H.R. 3199, legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent blend ethanol gasoline on vehicles and engines. The bill would require the analysis to include an evaluation of short- and long-term environmental safety and performance effects on…more

Florida lawmaker wants to junk ethanol standard

Matt Gaetz, a lawmaker in the Florida House of Representatives who represents portions of Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, wants to get rid of the state’s ethanol mandate. He wrote a column Wednesday in the Northwest Florida Daily News on the topic. “When my time in the legislature ends I’ll always be proudest of the…more

NMMA joins court appeal of E15 ruling

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, and its partners in the Engine Products Group, filed suit this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule outlining a gas pump warning label as well as other misfueling controls for gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol. This rule,…more

Sea Ray Owners Club launches ValvTect offer

The Sea Ray Owners Club is continuing its exclusive partnership with ValvTect Petroleum Products, the group announced. The partnership is being launched with a special promotion at all Sea Ray dealers’ fuel docks that sell ValvTect marine fuels. Owners club members will receive an extra award point in their Sea Ray Earnings Account for every…more

Marine groups draft voluntary fuel standard

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and a U.S. team that included ABYC members and representatives of Mercury Marine and Brunswick were part of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ Technical Committee in charge of creating an official international Boat Fuel Consumption Measurement Standard. This voluntary standard is for use by members of marine industry…more

ValvTect marks additive milestone

ValvTect Petroleum announced that more than 1 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel were treated with its ValvTect and Diesel Guard fuel additives last year. The company’s milestone is an indication of the widening use of gasoline and diesel additives to mitigate the effects of ethanol in gasoline. “To put this in perspective, 1…more

BRP engineer testifies on dangers of E15

Jeff Wasil, emissions certification engineer for Bombardier Recreational Products’ Evinrude Marine Engine division, testified Thursday on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association at a congressional hearing titled “Hitting the Ethanol Blend Wall: Examining the Science on E15.” The hearing, held by the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and…more

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