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.

Bill would require marine-engine ethanol study

A bill headed to the U.S. House of Representatives calls for a study of blended fuels in marine applications. H.R. 2652, the Maritime Safety Act of 2009, is sponsored by Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Section 23 of the bill calls for the study. The bill received a favorable report from the Committee on Transportation…more


Battle lines drawn for ethanol war

Industry has some powerful allies in its fight to force more testing of E15 The marine industry this spring finds itself embroiled in a struggle to stop a proposed 50 percent increase in the ethanol content of gasoline – the latest round in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from the biofuel’s…more

Companies argue, threaten legal action over claims

Star brite and ValvTect Marine Fuels, two companies that manufacturer fuel additives to combat problems associated with ethanol-blended gasoline, are at odds over marketing material each has distributed, which they say misleads the public about their respective products. “There is a big conflict that’s brewing and I’m sure it’s going to become a legal issue,”…more

Gas prices up, but not as high as last year

While gas prices are rising across the country, on average they are nearly $1.50 cheaper per gallon than this time last year, AAA reports. As of Tuesday morning, the average price of self-serve regular in the United States was slightly above $2.31 per gallon – about 9 cents higher than one week ago. But that’s…more

Environmental group opposes higher ethanol blends

The Environmental Working Group today sent a letter and white paper to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlining its request that the agency reject a petition to increase the allowable amount of ethanol in gasoline. The non-profit, public health and environmental research and advocacy group has the support of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. In…more

EPA extends comment period on ethanol

As the Environmental Protection Agency announced it’s extending the comment period on E15, the ethanol industry is scrambling to protect its investment and remain relevant. Last year, a spike in energy and corn prices caused havoc in the market. With the subsequent collapse of commodity prices, many producers found themselves unable to pay their bills,…more

Debate continues over ethanol

The debate over increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline continues to make national headlines. The New York Times recently published an article detailing the proposal by Growth Energy – a group of ethanol producers – to increase ethanol to E15 from the current E10. The story reports on several industry and environmental groups that oppose…more

NMMA takes ethanol fight to the Web

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has set up an online action alert to allow interested parties to submit comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, encouraging them to deny the petition to increase ethanol blend levels in gasoline to E15. The comment period, which began this week, ends May 21. A pro-ethanol lobbying organization called…more

Groups want EPA to reconsider ethanol increase

A broad coalition of groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, is calling for a review by the Environmental Protection Agency of a petition to increase ethanol levels in gasoline. “American motorists and consumers cannot afford to have EPA’s decision on whether to permit the use of ethanol blends higher than 10 percent in motor…more

New how-to books released

Ed Sherman from the American Boat & Yacht Council and David Gerr from the Westlawn Institute of Technology have written new technical books for marine professionals and boaters. Sherman, ABYC instructor and curriculum director, released the second edition of “Outboard Engines: Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Repair.” It features full coverage of the new 4-strokes, conventional electronic…more

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