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.

ValvTect finishes marina fuel-tank testing

ValvTect Petroleum said it recently completed fuel tank testing at more than 600 marinas. Certified ValvTect marinas must have their fuel tanks tested before they sell ValvTect marine fuels and as often as twice a year thereafter. That’s in an effort to combat contaminates that are often present, but unnoticed in marinas’ gasoline and diesel…more

Briggs & Stratton offers new ethanol additive

Like marine engine builders, small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Co. has never liked ethanol because it attracts moisture and creates problems for engines. Now the company says it has a solution to the problems ethanol causes in engines such as those in lawnmowers and boats, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The additive does not…more

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

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