River Canal Rescue reports rise in diesel bug problems

Diesel bug is on the rise, according to the latest report from River Canal Rescue. Stafford-based breakdown firm River Canal Rescue has reported an increase in diesel bug over the past few weeks.


Last week (2-8 June) saw the RCR team respond to 83 callouts across the UK, nine of which were caused by the contaminant.

The rescue team described this level as “unprecedented”, as the previous week saw 95 incidents without any reports of diesel bug.

Boating problems relating this strain of bacteria tend to peak around Easter, due to rainy conditions and lack of use during the winter, so the RCR’s report all the more unusual for its timing.

Stephanie Horton, managing director at RCR, said: “Many of the diesel bug problems appear to be after people have filled their vessel, so it could be a fuel supply issue.”

In response to the rise in contamination, RCR is offering a free 100ml bottle of Marine 16 fuel treatment.

All boat owners need to do is call 017825 78680 before the end of the month, although a £2.50 postage charge will apply.


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