Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: DOT 140-11b
Date: Oct 28 2011
Contact: Kim Riddle
Contact Phone: 202-366-5067

MARAD Conducts Renewable Fuel Technology Tests

MARAD recently completed tests of cutting-edge, renewable fuel technology onboard the training ship State of Michigan. The project is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Defense and Transportation to reduce the nation’s dependence on petroleum both at home and in the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. The fuel, which was provided by the Navy, was tested in one of the vessel’s engines for 170 hours. Researchers measured the fuel’s emissions, efficiency and affect on engine performance. The data are currently being analyzed and the results will be available in February 2012.