Serving Pensacola Divers since 1992
What does it mean when we say "Going Green?"
Every diver understands the importance of protection of our marine environment. Face it, this is the whole reason we all learned to dive in the first place. To see the wonderful sights our marine environment has to offer. At Viking Diving, we have taken this very seriously. When available, our boat runs on bio-diesel. We will try to answer some of the most common questions regarding our policy on “Going Green” and using Bio-diesel.
What is Bio-Diesel?
Simply put, 100% bio-diesel is vegetable oil. It is not made from fossil fuels but grown right here in the USA by American Farmers. It is the same oil that you would buy in a grocery store but specially refined for use in diesel engines. Using bio-diesel not only eliminates our need for foreign oil but puts American farmers to work. Our bio-diesel is 100% American Made.
What makes it a cleaner fuel?
Bio-diesel burns much cleaner than petroleum and the exhaust releases no sooty carbon into the environment. Gasoline if spilled or not burned efficiently takes hundreds of years to bio-degrade in the environment while Bio-diesel will simply dissolve into the environment within 60 days… that is so long as stray animals don’t eat it first. (Remember, it is 100% vegetable oil)
Is it a safer fuel?
Like normal diesel, bio-diesel will not burn easily outside of the diesel engine. Gasoline is highly combustible and should never be used in a commercial application where boats are taking people out into the Gulf for charter. The threat of explosion on a gas powered vessel is a very real threat and combining this with pounding through seas at an irresponsible speed, cooking on an open grill, and even cigarette smoking on a boat in the open water… these are a clear recipe for disaster. There are neither flammable fumes nor explosive vapors that could cause an accident with bio-diesel.
Will I notice any difference on a boat that uses Bio-diesel?
The most common difference that passengers tell us is that it smells like someone is cooking something. In fact, often people who don’t know about our use of bio-diesel think we are passing a restaurant or bar-b-que when they smell the exhaust. It definitely helps out with divers who are susceptible to sea-sickness because the smell of diesel fumes often triggers nausea where bio-diesel fumes only causes a Big Mac Attack.
Why doesn't evey boat use Bio-diesel?
Most diesel mechanics will tell you that bio-diesel causes more wear to rubber components of the engine, usually in the fuel pumps and fuel lines. Certainly the engine runs more efficiently and is lubricated much better from the use of bio-diesel, but most people don’t want to replace fuel lines, filters, and pump seals more often. While we have never noticed any difference in the performance or maintenance of our engine, these are only the things that we have been told. Also, it is the availability of getting the fuel and lack of education more than anything else.
The “Viking” has been using bio-diesel for over five years now and we have been “Going Green” long before it was the trendy thing to do. Protection of our environment has been an integral part of our charters and training for over 18 years. We are now proud that everyone is finally coming on board with the same ideas.