The 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will apply to all vessels entering U.S. waters from December 19, 2013. The VGP requires that “All vessels must use an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces, unless technically infeasible”.
Vickers said its HYDROX BIO, ECOSURE HSE and BIOGREASE EP2 ranges of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) meet the detailed ecological definitions and requirements laid down in the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP).
Vickers Oils has approvals for its EALs from many of the relevant equipment manufacturers. Stocks are carried in ports around the world.