BROOKLIN, Maine — The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference is planning a seminar titled “Evaporative Emission Fuel Update” for boat and engine manufacturers facing new emissions requirements and potential fuel changes, organizers said in a release this week.
The session will include an update on the California evaporative emission proposal and how its requirements compare to the Environmental Protection Agency and American Boat & Yacht Council standards being developed for controlling spit back during refueling. Boat design and fuel system changes being considered to meet this standard will be discussed, and following the presentation, a discussion will be held on higher levels of ethanol in gasoline.
“In 2009, boat builders saw the EPA finalize the evaporative emissions rule. In 2010 and beyond, boat builders will need to comply with California’s version of an evaporative emission rule, ABYC refueling and spit back standards, as well as the possibility of 15 percent ethanol gasoline,” John McKnight, director of environmental safety and compliance for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, said in the release. “Each boat builder needs to be aware of these recent developments to stay ahead of the curve in order to make the proper production decisions and manage our ever-changing business effectively.”
The seminar is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Speakers include Harold Haskew (Harold Haskew & Associates Inc.), Rich Kolb (Volvo Penta of the Americas), John McKnight (NMMA) and Mark Reichers (Mercury Marine.)
In addition, IBEX will offer its “Evaporative Emissions Solutions Route” seminar, which will identify new products and technologies available to meet the new 2010 evaporative emissions regulations.
“The potential EPA ruling affects almost all boatbuilders,” Carl Cramer, IBEX Co-Show Director, said in the release. “Every boatbuilder in the U.S. needs to be aware of this problem, and we are addressing it in full at IBEX 2009.”
IBEX 2009 takes place Oct. 12-14 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.