I just wanted to thank Dave and his team at ABC at Aldermaston for the excellent service we had recently when we had our narrowboat “Time of Roses” craned out and the bottom blacked and anodes replaced. I was very impressed with Dave’s all-round knowledge and experience of all things boating. As a mechanic myself for 40 years I do tend to ask very technical questions, which Dave answered with ease. You are very fortunate to have such an experienced man on your team.
The EU Directive 2009/30/EC requires that, from 1st January 2011, all gas oil marketed for use in canal boats must contain no more than 10 milligrams of sulphur per kilogram of fuel (virtually ‘sulphur free’). A concern is that some suppliers will provide ‘road diesel’ with a red marker dye.
This type of fuel can contain up to 7% biodiesel or FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) which can
cause detrimental side effects in storage and when used in boats.
FAME free fuel may be more expensive to purchase initially but will help avoid possible costly side effects to your boats fuel systems in the longer term.
What are the benefits?
– Less harmful emissions
– Reduce risk of biological contamination or diesel bug in your fuel systems