Biodiesel Fueling Sustainability at Volvo Ocean Race Newport



©Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Biodiesel will be working overtime as the Volvo Ocean Race ports in Newport, Rhode Island for its only North American stopover. The global 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) is being use used in vessels, generators and diesel-powered land vehicles throughout the Newport 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 Newport has shown great results in the previous stopover, making the event reach high marks for sustainability.

“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, National Biodiesel Board (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 NBB is the U.S. trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable hydrocarbon diesel industries, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors.

Schedule highlights include:

Thursday, May 17, 2:00 pm: Pro-Am Racing

Friday, May 18: am and pm, racing and sailing

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm: Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race (approximately one hour in duration) followed by public prize-giving ceremony (approximately 60 minutes after racing)

Sunday, May 20, 2:00 pm: Leg 9 Start to Cardiff, Wales

~ Tickets are still available for a hospitality experience in the Ocean Race Club to watch the race start on May 20 from the comfort of a waterfront tent with gourmet food and cocktails

The Gurney’s Resorts In-Port Race and Leg 9 Start each will be preceded by a Dock Out show beginning at 12:00 pm adjacent to where the race boats are when the crews will be introduced and the skippers will address the crowds. Ceremonial fanfare and entertainment will accompany both Dock Out shows on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race officially resumes on Sunday with the start of Leg 9, a 3,300-nautical mile passage across the North Atlantic Ocean to Cardiff, Wales. The leg is estimated to last 10 days, and will be a fierce battle as the top two boats are only separated by a few points and the trans-Atlantic leg is worth double points.

Other highlights of the Race Village include:

  • Interactive team bases open to the public
  • The Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard services all of the race boats for maintenance and sail repair
  • Experience what it’s like to grind a winch with the Musto Grinding Challenge
  • Newport Film shorts, all about the ocean
  • Free Kids Zone with lawn games, mini-golf and obstacle courses
  • Chateau D"Esclan's Dock Party features live music "Paula Claire Blues Band" on Fri. 4-7pm
  • Water taxis available from downtown Newport and Jamestown
  • Heineken Light Beer Garden, Whispering Angel Rose Cafe and the Mount Gay Rum Bar offer adult beverages
  • A $20 parking fee applies at Fort Adams to help offset the expense of hosting this international event