Blue Gas Marine Expanding Presence to Meet Demand for CNG/LNG Boats
North Carolina based Blue Gas Marine, Inc., a company dedicated to making natural gas available for boats, is responding to demand by increasing its network of authorized dealers and natural gas fueling station locations. Blue Gas Marine makes natural gas hybrid fuel-systems for existing gasoline and diesel engines and also makes the fuel available where boaters need it.
The company markets its hybrid fuel-systems and natural gas fuel to high-use boat operators such as commercial fishermen, charter boats, ferries, tugs, large ships, the military and recreational users.
The onboard fuel system is designed to be installed on existing outboard and inboard engines and uses natural gas in the compressed (CNG) or liquefied (LNG) forms. The system is an add-on that enables any boat to use natural gas without disruption to its existing fuel system, thereby cutting the cost of fuel and making boat propulsion cleaner and greener.
The full system, installed on the Intrepid Powerboat 327CC, will be on display at the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show March 26-29.
Miguel Guerreiro, company President and CEO, said, “We have a growing demand for our natural gas fuel system so now we are looking to expand our network of authorized dealerships and fueling station locations. We partner with marinas and marine service centers, who we train and certify, to perform the installations of our natural gas systems. Many of these locations also serve as fueling stations on the water and near water for dry stacks as well. This is really a great opportunity for marinas and marine service centers to grow right along with us, and we are excited about that.”
Each authorized dealer will have a demo boat running on the natural gas fuel system, be trained and certified by Blue Gas Marine, Inc., have the ability to dispense the fuel on the water via one of the fueling solutions and be warranty servicers for one or more engine brands. The Company is looking to expand operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, and California specifically, and across the US in general.
Blue Gas Marine, Inc. has multiple fueling options for partners to consider including: on-site fixed fuel station with piped natural gas provided by the utility company or mobile fuel stations to dispense fuel at that location. Dealers can continue to do installations without a filling station on-site as some locations are already served by public CNG stations and private CNG stations that share their facility with Blue Gas Marine customers. Also the Company makes available a fill-at-home Natural Gas dispenser. With so many different types of fueling options and locations, Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is making it easier for boaters to adopt Natural Gas as a marine fuel and open the market for dealers to prosper.
Most boat installations can be completed within 8-20 hours depending on the configuration of the installation for the Blue Gas Marine natural gas system and some require fiberglass work. Blue Gas Marine, Inc. is currently offering the new system to gasoline boats with planned expansion to diesel boats. Also, there are federal and state incentives in the form of quarterly rebates, tax credits, and reimbursements that allow for both fueling infrastructure and on-board fuel system installations to recoup a significant portion of the initial cost.