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 Coast Guard law includes E15 study

President Barack Obama recently signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act into law, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The legislation strengthens the Coast Guard as a military service and branch of the armed forces in the Department of Homeland Security by providing organizational flexibility for the Coast Guard. The law also includes several provisions important…more

ValvTect won’t sell E15 at certified marinas

ValvTect said E15 fuel will not be sold at gasoline fuel pumps at ValvTect-certified marinas. “Although E15 is not approved for use in marine engines at this time, it is possible it may work its way into the marine industry. To be certain there is no misunderstanding, the sale of E15 will be strictly prohibited…more

Hearing set on proposed E15 pump-label rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a public hearing in November on proposed gasoline pump-label rulemaking in connection with its recent approval of E15. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said it plans to attend the hearing and it…more

Industry braces for E15 impact

Marine engines are excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol, but the approval could still have a wide negative impact on boating, according to marine engine builders and industry experts. The waiver applies to fuel that contains as much as 15 percent…more

Voices speak out against E15 approval

The marine industry isn’t the only one disappointed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow E15 in cars made in 2007 or later. The following are excerpts of comments from other industry groups that oppose the decision: • National Association of Convenience Stores “EPA’s decision to allow the use of E15 in certain vehicles…more

E15 decision excludes marine engines

The Environmental Protection Agency today waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model-year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. The waiver applies to fuel that contains as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. The decision excludes marine engines and other non-road engines, such as those…more

E15 decision expected today

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected later today to release its decision on whether to allow more ethanol than the current limit of 10 percent to be blended into gasoline. The agency is holding a press conference this afternoon to discuss an “announcement on ethanol,” it said in a release. Reuters is reporting that…more

ValvTect offers new floor-display option

ValvTect Petroleum announced the availability of a new retail floor display for its ValvTect aftermarket fuel additive line. “With strong sales of our ValvTect Marine Fuel Additives, many dealers have requested a more prominent, free-standing floor display to merchandise these popular products,” ValvTect president Jerry Nessenson said in a statement. The compact display holds as…more

Florida marine business speaks out against E15

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce a decision soon on whether to boost ethanol in the nation’s gasoline supply from the current 10 percent to 15 percent. The EPA’s decision on E10 versus E15 could come within days, amid protest from the marine industry. Click here to read about a Winter Haven, Fla.,…more

EXCLUSIVE: E15 waiver could cause consumer confusion

The Environmental Protection Agency’s expected partial waiver to allow E15 for newer road vehicles will likely lead to boat owners mistakenly filling their tanks with a fuel that could damage their engines, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The waiver, which the EPA expects to grant in September, would create confusion among owners of…more

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