Volvo Ocean Race Stays on Sustainability Course with Biodiesel

May 14, 2018, 2:19 PM
Biodiesel Recycled from 'The Galley' Powers Newport, RI Stopover


 Contact: Cody Graham

Newport, Rhode Island – May 14, 2018 – Biodiesel will be working overtime as the Volvo Ocean Race ports in Rhode Island for its only North American stopover. The race, which is known for rugged competition and its commitment to sustainability, was a natural fit for biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel. A blend of 20 percent biodiesel (B20) will be used in vessels, generators and diesel-powered land vehicles throughout the 13-day event.

The biodiesel for the event is supplied by Newport Biodiesel, a local biodiesel producer, and delivered by T.H. Malloy, a local oil heat dealer. Newport Biodiesel has used recycled cooking grease from restaurant “galleys” throughout New England to produce biodiesel for more than a decade. The partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race has shown great results in the previous stopover, making the event one of the most sustainable in the world.

“During the 2015 stopover, we saved more than 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and we hope to reach a similar or greater amount this year,” said Dr. Robert Morton, Chairman of the Board for Newport Biodiesel. “Biodiesel is an excellent, low carbon alternative to petroleum diesel and a great fit for environmentally-conscience boaters.”

Biodiesel is a domestically-produced, clean-burning diesel replacement made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources, including agricultural oils, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. Compatible with all diesel engines without modification, biodiesel blends can be used in many types of marine vessels, including inland and ocean-going commercial ships, research vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard Fleet and recreational vessels.

“Biodiesel use in marine vessels is a growing market,” says Donnell Rehagen, NBB CEO. “Biodiesel not only provides similar performance characteristics to diesel but also reduces engine wear and is non-toxic, low carbon and biodegradable, making it less polluting to the ocean and the air. The sponsorship helps showcase biodiesel to the global nautical community.”  

Biodiesel’s sustainability is well-documented, helping users and event organizers to quantify their environmental impact. From reductions in greenhouse gas and hydrocarbon emissions to wastewater and hazardous waste, biodiesel is delivering measurable results wherever it is used.

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines without modification. The National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors.


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The only North American Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race will be hosted by Sail Newport, Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, the State of Rhode Island, the R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM), Commerce RI and Discover Newport, May 8-20, 2018. The 13-day stopover celebration and festival will be open to the public for free and will include a Race Village with entertainment, the educational One Ocean Exploration Zone, presented by 11th Hour Racing, team compounds, sponsor pavilions, a theater, children’s activities, and a food court. On-the-water activities and sailing events are scheduled for each day such as free “Try Sailing!” for all ages, M32 and other sailboat racing, up-close viewing of the race boats at dock and racing during the Pro-Am Race, the Gurney's Resorts In-Port Race, and the boat parade and Leg Start to Cardiff, Wales (May 20, 2018). All sailing will take place within close viewing range of the Race Village.


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