Marad tests biofuel in Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship

JUNE 4, 2012 — The Maritime Administration announced today its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. The research used marine engines aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship, the TS State of Michigan, to measure emissions reduction impacts.  The project is part of a joint effort by the Departments of Defense and Transportation to reduce the U.S. dependence on petroleum. The fuel, which was provided by the Navy, was tested in one of the vessel’s engines for more than 400 hours. Researchers measured the fuel's emissions, efficiency and effect on engine performance.