Of the half a million or so engined small boats around Britain's coasts and on our inland waters, the vast majority are fitted with marine or marinised diesels, either as main engines or auxilliary propulsion. These engines - Volvo, Yanmar, Bukh, Vetus, Beta, Lister-Petter and the others - are designed and built to run on normally sulphurated diesel, currently red diesel. The EU grievously damaged boating only recently by insisting the UK government added road duty to the marine fuel, in an act of spite of utter surrealism. A sort of quiet accommodation was reached termed '60:40' under which boaters, when buying red diesel, could claim 40% road-duty free as being used for cooking and heating.
Now, as YBW reports, the Department of Transport have locked horns with the Europrats over further EU proposals to require all 'inland' boaters to use low-sulphur diesel. This fuel is completely unsuitable for many marine engines, and can lead to seized engines and blocked fuel lines and filters. Stalled engines can lead to accidents and fatalities, and at the very least to cost and inconvenience. The Europrats, in an ecstasy of pious environmentalism, are deaf to the human consequences.
Our only hope is that the DoT will tweak the definition of 'inland' to exclude anything connected to the sea, certainly anything tidal. But don't hold your breath.
God, I loathe those bastards.