Marine lubrication is extremely tough and challenging with reliability and performance of utmost importance. Customers require protection and long service life of key pieces of equipment and need to be safe in the knowledge that the lubricant is going to provide trouble free operation.
Alongside all of this is the growing need and regulatory requirement for environmental acceptability of lubricants.
As one of the biggest losses to the marine environment, the boundary between the oil and sea interface is under continuous scrutiny by regulatory authorities. This was evidenced in December 2013, when the new ‘United States Environment Protection Agency Vessel General Permit (VGP)’ came into effect.
It saw new restrictions placed on the use and discharge of lubricants used on board commercial vessels which operate in US coastal waters. All ships over 79 feet long for instance, are now required to use Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces of the ship. This legislation is driving the uptake of EALs within the Marine segment.
In the past, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been reluctant to approve EALs in their machinery and ship owners have been reluctant to use them without OEM endorsement. Modern EALs combine both excellent environmental performance and in-use technical performance. OEM approvals are on the increase too as EAL compatibility with marine equipment and seals can now be demonstrated.
We have a range of lubricant base oil technologies which allow formulators to create products that meet the requirements of VGP and provide protection and performance in applications such as hydraulics, greases, gears and stern tube.
Our products give the following benefits to formulators:
Environmentally acceptable for use in VGP applications.
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