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.

Supreme Court denies E15 challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority by allowing fuel with 15 percent ethanol, or E15, into the overall supply despite prohibiting its use in marine and other engines. With no options left on that front, several groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, will revisit…more

Megayacht outfitter carries diesel additive GO2

A major megayacht outfitting company has begun to carry the diesel fuel additive GO2, marking another step in the growth of a product that uses nanotechnology to burn diesel cleaner and more efficiently. “I think they have a great product,” said Steve Bowden, head of fueling services at National Marine Suppliers in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s…more

Industry tests planned on ethanol alternatives

The recreational boating industry is conducting new Department of Energy-funded research on alternative biofuels. On Thursday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the American Boat and Yacht Council and Evinrude will join together to find alternatives to fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. The tests are funded by the Department of Energy, which released a…more

Florida law repeals ethanol mandate

A Florida state lawmaker’s effort to repeal a requirement that all gasoline sold in the state have some ethanol in it has succeeded with the passage of a bill Gov. Rick Scott signed last Friday. “It’s one more mandate off the books,” state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, who has been trying to achieve…more

NMMA supports ethanol-cap legislation

NMMA legislative director Jim Currie urged members Thursday to push their lawmakers to support HR 1462, which would cap ethanol in gasoline at 10 percent. “If this bill were to pass, it would solve our problems with ethanol,” Currie said during a webinar held to prepare members who plan to attend the American Boating Congress…more

Coalition seeks Supreme Court decision on E15

An engine products coalition is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a court of appeal’s decision not to hear a case against the Environmental Protection Agency’s allowance of E15, or gas with 15 percent ethanol, in the overall fuel supply. The National Marine Manufacturers Association joined The Engine Products Group in the petition to…more

California marina offers ValvTect fuel

Del Rey Landing in Marina del Rey, Calif., is now offering specially formulated ValvTect marine fuels. Del Rey Landing is the only fuel dock servicing the nearly 5,300 vessels at Marina del Rey, which is in Los Angeles County. It is one of only four marinas on the West Coast capable of accommodating megayachts up…more

South Carolina marina adds ValvTect fuel

ValvTect Petroleum said Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island, S.C., is now selling ValvTect marine fuels. For more than 40 years, the famous red-and-white-striped Harbour Town Lighthouse has welcomed boaters to this iconic, resort-style marina. “We want to give our customers the very best boating experience,” Harbour Town Yacht Basin harbormaster Nancy Cappelmann…more

House bill would block sales of E15

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced a bill this week that would block the use of gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol until its harmful effects are further investigated. H.R. 875 would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s waiver approving the sale of E15 until the agency seeks an independent scientific analysis from the National Academy…more

House hearing set on E15 impact

The Environmental Protection Agency’s “flawed waivers allowing E15 amount to government bureaucrats issuing shortsighted regulations that negatively impact families and businesses across the country.” That’s according to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who introduced legislation Feb. 14 with Sen. David Vitter, R-La., that would overturn the EPA waivers that allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to…more

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