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.

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

Algae-X unveils new catalog

Algae-X International is offering a new catalog of programmable automated fuel filtration and tank cleaning systems, fuel conditioners, filters, fuel sampling and testing supplies and accessories. The 32-page catalog showcases AXI’s product lines and includes detailed information about system configurations, flow rates, power requirements, dimensions, plumbing, spares, options and consumables, and a comprehensive filter reference…more

EPA unveils new ethanol pump labeling

The Environmental Protection Agency issued fuel pump labeling and other requirements Tuesday for gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent and as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. The requirements will help ensure that E15 is properly labeled and used once it enters the market, according to the EPA. The new orange-and-black label…more

ValvTect additive given EPA approval

ValvTect Petroleum president Jerry Nessenson announced that ValvTect received formal approval for the registration and sale of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6 multifunctional biocide diesel additive from the Environmental Protection Agency and in all 50 states. “Prior to the EPA’s approval of ValvTect BioGuard Plus 6, all biocides registered for use in ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel were…more

Senate votes to end ethanol subsidies

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to eliminate a tax credit and a tariff for ethanol production, providing the strongest signal yet that Congress will curtail subsidies for corn-based biofuel. The 73-27 vote exceeded the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the measure as part of an economic development bill. Still, the legislation is not likely to…more

Pump warning label approved for E15

The White House signed off on a new gasoline pump label that would warn consumers when they are about to fill their vehicles with a fuel blended with a higher rate of ethanol. The new label means that so-called E15 gas could be available nationwide by the end of September, Reuters reported. The EPA still…more

Vermont congressman wants end to ethanol subsidies

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., joined Vermont sportsmen and small-business owners at a Lake Bomoseen press conference Thursday in calling for an end to ethanol subsidies. “It simply doesn’t make sense for taxpayers to continue subsidizing a mature and profitable industry, especially at a time when congressional leaders are proposing drastic cuts in fuel assistance, student…more

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