Island Marine Fuel of Balboa Island, Calif., received the 2012 ValvTect Marina of the Year award at the recent International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale.
ValvTect said the marina was chosen for outstanding customer service, environmental stewardship, contributions to its community and extensive marketing of ValvTect Marine Fuels.
David Beek, grandson of founder Joseph Beek, operates Island Marine Fuel, which opened in 1933.
“We are pleased to represent ValvTect Marine Fuels in Newport Harbor,” Beek said in a statement. “After being a Unocal 76 fuel dock for almost 50 years, we were proud to bring the ValvTect brand to the harbor. Once we did, our fuel sales kept growing as customers told other boaters that they were getting better fuel economy, less smoke and triple the fuel filter life from using ValvTect Marine Fuels.”
Island Marine Fuel has no slips for boats to dock, but has the longest fuel dock in Newport Harbor and can accommodate boats as large as 160 feet. It provides oil changes and is an official California Used Oil Collection Depot. It has a full mini-mart and a marine hardware store, it offers fresh bait and it has a full-time master marine mechanic on staff.
“We are pleased to present the 2012 ValvTect Marina of the Year award to Island Marine Fuel, who has given so much to the local boating and non-boating community,” Jerry Nessenson, president of ValvTect Petroleum Products, said in a statement.
“We are fortunate to have many of the industry’s best marina operators represent the ValvTect brand. Giving back to the community is important and we want to reward the effort,” he said.