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.

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

ValvTect names sales rep

ValvTect Petroleum appointed William F. Miller & Associates to represent the company’s marine fuel additives product line in the Southern and southern Midwest states. Based in Nashville, Tenn., William F. Miller & Associates has been representing leading marine manufacturers for more than 50 years. “As one of the largest, most professional and comprehensive manufacturer representative…more

NMMA will testify on E15 before California regulators

John McKnight, director of environmental and safety compliance for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and NMMA member Mark Riechers, director of regulatory development at Mercury Marine, are scheduled to testify Thursday and Friday at the California Air Resources Board in Sacramento. Their testimony will highlight the problems associated with E15, as recently revealed in Department…more

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

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