When is Building a Boat a Crime?

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Moeller Marine advises all recreational boating manufacturers that new environmental regulations from EPA and the state of California designed to reduce emissions to the environment went into effect January 1, 2012 and failure to comply can be catastrophic.

Compliant Barrier Marine Fuel Tank

Compliant Barrier Marine Fuel Tank

Barrier conversion must be 100% complete January 1, 2012

Here’s a fact many in the recreational boating industry don’t know or haven’t dealt with: Noncompliance with EPA and California State regulations dealing with evaporative emission requirements in marine fuel tanks and fuel systems went into effect on January 1, 2012. Recent calls to Moeller Marine's OEM support lines show that many recreational boat manufacturers are still unaware of these new regulations or remain non-compliant.

These new regulations deal with evaporative emission requirements in marine fuel tanks and fuel systems. According to Gary Eich, Director of Operations at Moeller Marine, “The major changes to fuel systems focus on reducing the permeability of the fuel tank, eliminating open tank venting, and reducing the potential for spillage during refueling.”

Eich further explains, “Our understanding of the law requires that barrier conversion be 100% complete by January 1, 2012. Further, based on our information, conversions to diurnal systems need to be finished by July 1, 2012. If your fuel systems are not compliant, you are in violation of environmental regulations.”

Fuel systems can’t be converted overnight. Earnie Cook, Director of Product Development at Moeller Marine, advises that, “A tip study must be done, some system design is the norm, and hardware must be selected. From a tank design perspective, conversion requires the addition of a few ports in the tank for required hardware or the addition of barrier materials.”

Moeller Marine, a leading manufacturer of permanent and portable gas tanks for OEM and aftermarket applications has been testing, redesigning and producing barrier lined tanks since late in 2009. George Moore, also of Moeller, notes, “The normal cycle for this type of conversion project is four to eight weeks, depending upon your fuel system integrator and their current workload. The critical steps include design review, obtaining information from the system integrator, drawing preparation and approval, tooling revisions, and generating a prototype piece for further review and approval.”

Recreational boating manufacturers are advised to make sure that their fuel tanks and systems meet the new EPA and California state requirements to avoid sanctions.

“If you have any questions about the new requirements, please contact Moeller Marine,” says Eich. “We have the capabilities to assist in your redesign. If you are an existing Moeller Marine customer, contact your Regional Sales Representative. Both OEM and aftermarket firms need to be up to speed on the new legislation, which applies to both portable and permanently installed tanks.

Note: Moeller Marine barrier lined tanks have the required certifications necessary to be introduced into commerce. Moeller plastic tanks are non-corrosive and long lasting.

Moeller Marine Products is the largest manufacturer of rotationally molded, injected, and thermoformed parts in the recreational marine industry. Moeller Marine Products provides virtually every boat builder with their plastic fuel tank requirements, ranging from bass boats to ski boats to offshore salt water fishing boats.

Moeller Marine is a division of The Moore Company, founded in 1909 and still focused on innovation. Sister divisions include Moeller Plastics, Darlington Fabrics, The George C. Moore Company, Fulflex, and AMER-SIL.

The Moore Company continues to manufacture products in the United States. International manufacturing facilities complement domestic capabilities while serving regional markets around the globe.


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