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Boating Bites


Sitting on the dock of the bay with Jeff Wasil talking all things gaseous emissions, bioassay analysis, life-cycle emissions and alternative fuels

In my latest podcast episode, we had the honour of hosting Jeff Wasil, the Director of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), for an enlightening discussion at the Miami Boat Show.


With over two decades of expertise in emissions compliance, Jeff proved to be the ideal guest to follow ICOMIA President Darren Vaux's enlightening podcast. Jeff shared profound insights and discoveries, delving deep into topics that resonate profoundly in our latest episode.


As the Chairman of both the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) Marine Engine Committee and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) Board of Directors, Jeff exemplifies leadership in the maritime realm. His extensive involvement also includes spearheading NMMA's marine greenhouse gas emissions task force.


Over the past fifteen years, Jeff's contributions have been prolific, marked by numerous technical papers on marine emissions, encompassing areas such as particulate matter, gaseous emissions, bioassay analysis, life-cycle emissions, and alternative fuels. Notably, he has even testified before the esteemed U.S. Congressional Committee on Science Space and Technology.


During our discussion, we delved into the realm of ethanol-extended fuels and biofuels, including the promising potential of biobutanol. Jeff's profound understanding of these topics stems from his lifelong passion for boating, which began in his youth. His ability to translate complex technical concepts into easily digestible discussions is truly commendable.


Moreover, Jeff's humility shines through as he reflects on receiving multiple prestigious Environmental Awards, including The Business Friend of the Environment Award, Green Masters Award, and The Earth Day Sustainability Award.


Jeff's dedication to the marine industry, coupled with his passion for boating, makes him a remarkable figure whose insights enrich our understanding and appreciation of recreational boating's joys and challenges.


You can connect with Jeff on LinkedIn here or explore his vast body of work in various publications, from the Washington Examiner to outdoor recreation magazines.


As we set sail into the second half of the year, I'm on the lookout for new guests to share their boating stories! If you have a tale to tell or insights to share, don't hesitate to reach out to me at

In addition to Jeff's insights and discoveries I also wanted to touch on what the industry is doing to work towards decarbonisation. ICOMIA is working to reduce carbon emissions within the recreational marine industry through the launch of a new campaign called Propelling Our Future.


This campaign signifies a pivotal step towards this goal. ICOMIA commissioned a first-of-its-kind study with Ricardo plc, a leading global engineering consulting firm, to better understand the path forward. They found there is not one simple solution. The marine industry is unlike any other transportation sector and a variety of technology solutions must be considered, from sustainable liquid marine fuels to electric propulsion and hydrogen and hybrid power systems.


This research is just one step in the journey to continue enjoying life on the water.


You can read more about this initiative here.

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