What is diesel fuel “algae”?

Written by Captain Jeff Werner Algae are a life form found in water, similar to algae growing in an aquarium. Algae do not live in fuel and it requires sunlight to grow. For years, people have been referring to tank sludge and the jelly, slime and other contaminants found in fuel filters as “algae”. The Read More

How to Reduce Your Trips to the Fuel Dock

The summer is here, and what is more important than saving money and avoiding the trips to fuel up your vessel? Here are some tips that might help you save in the long run while still enjoying your time on the water. Fuel Additives: Many of the fuel docks that you visit likely offer the Read More

What is diesel fuel?

Written by Captain Jeff Werner Diesel fuel is a very complex mixture of thousands of individual compounds with carbon numbers between 9 and 23 (the number of carbon atoms per hydrocarbon molecule). Most of these compounds are members of the paraffinic, napthenic or aromatic classes of hydrocarbons (HC). These three classes have different chemical and Read More

How can I protect stored fuel for a long time?

Temperature, humidity and condensation are very important factors in managing fuel integrity. The presence of free water provides a medium for microbiological growth that result in the formation of slime and acids causing corrosion of metal surfaces such as storage tanks, pumps and injectors. Therefore, good housekeeping and purchasing clean, dry fuel from a reputable Read More

Isn’t my filter supposed to keep my fuel system clean?

Filtration simply cannot and will not do that. At best, filters, separators and centrifuges remove debris suspended in fuel before fuel reaches the engine. Stopping, preventing or reversing the process of fuel breakdown is a completely different matter that can be addressed by and resolved with a combination of magnetic and chemical fuel conditioning. It Read More