Everett-Based Coast Guard Ship Testing Biofuel

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SEATTLE (AP) — An Everett-based buoy tender is the first Coast Guard ship to test a biofuel made from algae.

The Coast Guard says the 175-foot Henry Blake fueled up Wednesday with a blend of diesel and algal oil and took off on its rounds maintaining navigation aids in Washington waters.

Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says the Henry Blake is a good guinea pig for this type of fuel, which the Navy also is testing.

The testing will determine whether the renewable fuel can be used in other Coast Guard cutters, reducing their use of petroleum-based fuel.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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