Looking to marine lubricants (excluding the engine oils), a major market shift occured on 19 December 2013. Since that day, all commercial vessels larger than 79 feet that want to enter in 'waters of the United States' are submissive to the established regulation of the Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The targeted lubricants, which are used in an oil-sea interface, are amongst others:
Apart from those applications, EPA strongly encourages the use of EAL for all above-deck equipment such as: hydraulic oil, gear oil, 2-stroke oil, etc.
The shift to EAL happens gradually over the years, because, apart from being effective immediately for new vessels, existing vessels need to comply only at their next scheduled dry-dock maintenance. Environmentally Accetaple Lubricants need to fulfill the following requirements:
To proof these requirements, extensive testing is required. This testing however can be avoided by using base oils (> 75% for greases and > 90% for others) which are compliant with an approved international Ecolabelling scheme, such as Ecolabel.
Specifically for VGP EAL, Oleon offers a wide range of globally and Ecolabel registered products, going from ISO VG 15 up to ISO VG 1000. Depending on your requirements, this product range is divided in a standard range and a top-tier range, in which the difference is mainly linked to the oxidation stability
|Product Name||Description||Chemical Name||Remarks|
|Radia 7179||High Oxidation Stability||Pentaerythritol tetraisostearate||Liquid|
|Radialube 7250||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 100||Liquid|
|Radialube 7251||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 150||Liquid|
|Radialube 7252||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 220||Liquid|
|Radialube 7253||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 320||Liquid|
|Radialube 7254||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ISO VG 460||Liquid|
|Radialube 7255||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 500||Liquid|
|Radialube 7256||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 680||Liquid|
|Radialube 7257||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated complex ester ISO VG 1000||Liquid|
|Radialube 7300||High Oxidation Stability||Saturated ISO VG 15||Liquid|