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.

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

Marine groups sign Senate letter opposing E15

Thirty-six environmental and industry groups signed a letter that went to the majority and minority leaders of the Senate Monday urging opposition to any amendment to the upcoming energy bill that would authorize the sale of gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol. Some in the ethanol industry are seeking approval in Congress for proposals…more

Ameri-Kart buys fuel-system developer

Ameri-Kart Corp. acquired the technology assets of Enviro-Fill Inc., the developer of a new fuel overfill prevention system and fuel vapor capture system designed to help boat manufacturers meet 2011 refueling and emission requirements. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based in Annapolis, Md., Enviro-Fill developed a fuel OPS using pressure transfer technology, which…more

Groups join together to fight E15

Environmental and industry groups are launching a joint campaign calling on Congress to require thorough and objective scientific testing before allowing an increase in the amount of ethanol in gasoline. Raising concerns about consumer safety and environmental protection, the groups have joined forces to sponsor an ad with the tagline “Say no to untested E15″…more

Apex Marine to offer ValvTect with new boats

Apex Marine, a manufacturer of compact pontoon boats, will include a sample of ValvTect ethanol gasoline treatment with each new boat to help its new owners avoid problems that can be caused by ethanol blended gasoline, ValvTect announced. “Although we build our boats to the industry’s most stringent specifications, ethanol gasoline can destabilize very quickly,…more

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