Miller Boat Line becomes first to use biofuelWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | email@example.com
On a calm day, some passengers on the Miller Boat Line can actually smell the change. Some think it smells like freshly popped corn; others liken it to butterscotch.
Actually, it is a new biofuel mix made from soybean oil and ethanol that is supposed to save on engine wear and tear, as well as be better for the planet.
“We really wanted to head toward a greener fuel, something that was not only more efficient with our engines, but we wanted to leave a greener carbon footprint,” said Julene Market, one of three owners of the boat line.
Market said the company is the first to use a 10 to 20 percent biofuel mix in one of its passenger vessels, the William Market, and has plans to use it in all four of its vessels.
The biofuel, G2 Diesel, is manufactured by 11 Good Energy.
“It is an Ohio proud story — soybeans are grown in Ohio and the biofuel is manufactured in Canton,” Market said.
“On behalf of 11 Good Energy, I would like to thank Miller Boat Line for their proactive commitment to environmental consciousness,” said Frederick C. Berndt, CEO of 11 Good Energy in a statement.
Using G2 Diesel costs the company more than traditional diesel, but fares remain the same.
G2 Diesel does not affect the speed of the vessel, either.
Market said Miller Boat Line ferries make daily trips from Catawba Point to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. In addition to passengers, the ferries can carry freight and vehicles.
“We run from the time the ice breaks up on the lake, until winter conditions prohibit us from running,” Market said.
With summer approaching, Market reminds tourists that Miller has free parking, including overnight parking.
At www.millerferry.com, the company website offers coupons for visitors to use when they arrive at their destination.
“We are looking forward to a great season this year,” she said.