Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse.
To combat this problem, all Certified ValvTect Marinas must have their fuel tanks tested before they are allowed to sell ValvTect Marine Fuels and up to twice a year thereafter once they become a Certified ValvTect Marina. This testing, plus special hydroscopic fuel filters that are required to be installed on all ValvTect Marinas’ fuel pumps, helps to ensure boaters that ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel are free of contamination.
Marinas that do not pass the test must have their tanks treated, cleaned and retested to be free of contamination before they can sell ValvTect Marine Fuels. Marinas that pass the test are awarded a “Certification of Contamination Free Storage Tank” certificate that can be proudly displayed at the fuel dock.
“This spring we completed testing and certification of the gasoline and diesel fuel storage tanks at all 600+ Certified ValvTect Marinas,” said Jerry Nessenson, President of ValvTect Petroleum. "We believe this is the only program of its kind in the marine industry and even in the on-road petroleum industry. While the program is costly and time consuming, we believe it is essential to provide boaters ValvTect Marine Fuels that will not only provide better performance, but also prevent fuel related engine problems caused by fuel pumped from a contaminated fuel tank,” Nessenson added.
Boaters can look for ValvTect’s certificate indicating the marina’s fuel tanks have been tested and certified free of contamination where ValvTect Marine Gasoline and ValvTect Marine Diesel with BioGuard are sold. Both ValvTect fuels are specially formulated for marine engines to prevent ethanol and ultra low sulfur diesel fuel problems as well as longer engine life and improved fuel economy from the clean-up of engine deposits (commonly called gunk).