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Mercury’s ECO-Screen wins ‘green product’ award

Mercury Marine's MercMonitor ECO-Screen was named West Marine's Green Product of the Year Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show.

The ECO-Screen is a SmartCraft feature that helps maximize fuel efficiency.

The award, presented by West Marine chairman and founder Randy Repass, was chosen for its eco-effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, applicability and innovation.

Mercury received a $10,000 award with the honor, which Mercury president Mark Schwabero said will go into the company's conservation fund.

"It's wonderful to be recognized for something we at Mercury really believe in," Schwabero said in accepting the award. "It really does more to save boaters money."

Repass described the ECO-Screen as applicable to new and used boats, simple to install and use, reasonably priced, and a product that can help boaters realize fuel savings of 10 to 20 percent.

In addition to the main award, West Marine presented innovation awards to six additional products:

  • FLIR First Mate hand-held thermal imager
  • Blue Sea Systems SafetyHub 250
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/VHF
  • Henri Lloyd BlueEco foul weather gear
  • Pure Oceans TC-W3 2-stroke engine oil
  • Harken radial winches

- Beth Rosenberg