Offshore - Environmentally Compatible Base Oils
The formulators of offshore lubricants have a difficult operational conundrum to resolve; maintain a high degree of operational efficiency and equipment serviceability whilst not damaging the marine environment.
OSPAR is an example of an international agreement whereby 16 contracting parties co-operate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. Under the OSPAR agreement, pollution of the marine environment is minimised or prevented by reducing discharges, emissions and other losses of hazardous substances.
Chemical suppliers, including lubricants suppliers, must provide national authorities with data about chemicals which are used and discharged offshore. This is enacted via the Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF).
OSPAR defines hazardous substances as those that are persistent, toxic and likely to bio accumulate (PBT substances) or cause an equivalent level of concern as PBT substances. The data set required for HOCNF is used to establish whether the use of any chemicals could have a negative effect upon the marine environment.
As such, the data set is extremely thorough and follows specific validated test methods.
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