The Importance of an Effective Oil Analysis Program

Many factors come into play when evaluating lubricant options for your fleet. These factors include: quality, intended application or use, performance, oil life and price. But there’s another very important factor that’s often overlooked—how to evaluate lubricant effectiveness once it’s in use. This article will take a deep dive into the importance of an oil analysis program and highlight best practices you can apply as you establish your program.

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OEM Approval Pathway and Challenges

When a product is launched, there is no bigger affirmation of its commitment to performance than receiving approvals from major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Whenever we, at RSC Bio Solutions, launch a new product, we always do so with our customers’ and end-users’ needs in mind. We are committed to providing not only the best products for the environment, but also products that guarantee the best performance from your equipment. Continuing to receive OEM approvals for our biodegradable lubricants is of high priority for our team and ensures safety and high performance of your equipment.

 The Path to OEM Approvals

The pathway to OEM approval is often wrought with challenges to be overcome. The challenges range from finding the proper contacts to learning the particular OEM’s approval requirements and processes. For starters, because many OEMs require multiple tribology benchmarks (various FZG tests, 4-ball wear, micro-pitting and pump testing) before proceeding with testing, these benchmark tests at times must be repeated, thus adding more time and cost to the approval process.

Once the benchmark tests have gained approval, the actual testing can take six months or longer because many OEMs only run tests on small scale equipment which varies from one OEM to another. Additionally, qualifying fluids is not a top priority for OEMs, meaning cost, timing, and opportunities must be proactively approached throughout the approval process.

Many OEMs require multiple seal approvals, which can trigger more testing. Because each OEM utilizes various blends of rubber for their seals, you cannot predict the outcomes in testing. Some seal materials are solvent (oil) resistant, while others are not.  In addition, some lubricant manufacturers do not house the equipment needed to test, therefore products cannot be screened prior to testing and must rely on the OEM’s initial results.

Furthermore, test results often vary in both time and temperature since there are no consistent test specification standards used across all OEMs. This means, in addition to each OEM’s unique specifications, the volume and hardness of a seal is variable with final specifications at the discretion of the testing OEM.

At times, some OEMs may have four to five seal compounds to test and you must pass all to gain approval. In addition, some OEMs require all viscosity grades to be tested, adding extra cost, and if one viscosity grade fails, none are approved.

 Finally, another consideration is timing.  Since OEMs are worldwide, this can add more time to the process and therefore opportunities must be carefully evaluated for cost and significance. 

With all this in mind, our goal is providing sustainable solutions enabling you, our customers and end-users, to meet the demanding needs of your operations, and so we continue to overcome these challenges, pressing on toward successful approval.

OEM Approvals in the Marine Industry

Compared to other industries, the marine lubrication industry does not have standard performance specifications to which equipment vendors adhere. Individual manufacturers follow their own unique set of lubrication specification standards among a mass of equipment models uniquely designed with trademarked features and seals, making across the board performance specifications virtually impossible. Ultimately, responsibility rests on equipment manufacturers who must evaluate their equipment’s compatibility with existing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). New EALs can be approved and utilized only when they are listed on OEM equipment specs, thus lubricant manufacturers depend on the approval of equipment OEMs. 

OEM Approvals in the Land-Based Industries

As with OEM Approvals for the marine industry, the challenges are similar for land-based industries. There are limited industry-wide regulations regarding the use of EALs (i.e. Parker/Denison HF-6 and Eaton/Vickers 35VQ25), though there are projects which specify the use of EALs. This, of course, makes OEMs the gatekeepers and lubricant manufactures dependent on their approval. On top of that, understanding that hydraulic systems and fluids are crucial components of a healthy operation, managers want to know whether a particular fluid will continue to provide all the protection the user’s equipment requires. 

Hydraulic fluid specifications are not enough to assure the hydraulic fluid used in the operations will provide adequate protection over the desired timeframe. Specifications provide a basis for performance, but the reality in today’s environment is equipment demands have increased, which has in turn increased the needs for the fluid to perform properly in much harsher conditions.

 OEMs make recommendations based on a variety of factors, including the particular component, the operating environment, and price-to-cost ratios. In many instances, the OEM makes its decision for a specific reason. However, lubricants directly impact more than 50 percent of maintenance costs; for this reason, equipment operators should not be shy about seeking the best possible solution for their situation. The key is to be armed with good data and utilize all available resources. 

Approved – Delivering the Best

RSC Bio Solutions has numerous approved products in both marine and land-based industries. We continue to have successful multi-year field use in each area. Our high-performance products meet specifications in a variety of equipment on land and sea. Our specially formulated products are biodegradable and designed to reduce the risk of damage and maintain smooth operation of your equipment leading to less downtime, increasing your productivity, and your bottom line – while reducing risk to the environment. RSC Bio Solutions’ FUTERRAand EnviroLogic® series have extensive OEM approvals for both marine and land applications. Click on one of the links below to see the full list of our OEM approved products and their specific applications.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries Grants New OEM Approvals for Two RSC Bio Solutions’ Products

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 18, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) - hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases - and industrial cleaners and solvents, received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

The RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP was approved for use in Kawasaki Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP). RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP is a high performance, readily biodegradable, synthetic ISO 68 grade hydraulic fluid. Intended for use in severe conditions, including extreme high temperatures (250°F / 121°C), low temperatures (-40°F / -40°C) and high pressure (5000+ psi / 34,470 kPa) applications, the product exhibits enhanced wear protection, cleanliness and longer life than conventional petroleum hydraulic oils.

In addition, RSC Bio Solutions received a second OEM approval for its EnviroLogic® GO 100 product, applicable to Kawasaki side thrusters. RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 is a high performance, readily biodegradable, synthetic ISO 100 grade gear oil that provides the highest anti-wear/extreme pressure properties, excellent corrosion and rust protection, as well as outstanding system cleanliness characteristics. The performance characteristics of RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 make it suitable in a wide variety of industrial gear applications where incidental exposure of the oil to the environment is of concern.

Both the RSC EnviroLogic® HF 68 HP and the RSC EnviroLogic® GO 100 products are designed for use in offshore tankers, shipping lines, roll-on / roll-off carriers, break bulk carriers, container ships, shipping lines and passenger car ferries. Additionally, both products can directly replace petroleum oil-based products of the same viscosity, resulting in a reduced environmental impact in the event of a leak or spill, as they are readily biodegradable and non-sheening.

These additions to the already extensive list of RSC Bio Solutions’ Marine and Land OEM Approvals allow the company to serve a wide array of customers who use various types of industrial equipment, primarily in the marine transportation, offshore oil and gas, construction, turf management, agriculture and utility fleet industries.

“RSC Bio Solutions’ HEPR* technology has inherent advantages that drive economic value and enable environmental leadership,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development for RSC Bio Solutions. “Gaining these Kawasaki approvals is another reaffirmation of the superior performance of our solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions’ EALs have more than a 20-year history with zero failures in the field. The company’s newest product family, the RSC FUTERRA™ HF Series, is the first of its kind. These renewable hydrocarbon EALs are designed to withstand extreme conditions and prevent corrosion while operating in severe outdoor environments. For more information on FUTERRA or any of RSC Bio Solutions’ products, visit www.rscbio.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has a 20+ year history of providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, biodegradable alternatives that meet the demanding operating needs while reducing environmental and employee risk. The RSC FUTERRA™ HF Series is the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. RSC Bio Solutions also manufactures the EnviroLogic® branded technology, which includes a full line of hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases, along with an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Grants New OEM Approvals for Two RSC Bio Solutions’ Products

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RSC Bio Solutions, a global provider of high-performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – and industrial cleaners and solvents, received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

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RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals

Maritime Journal / InfomarineOnline

RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) - hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases - and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries concede nuove approvazioni OEM per due Prodotti RSC Bio Solutions’

L’Informatore Navale

Charlotte,NC,USA 18 settembre 2017 – RSC Bio Solutions, leader mondiale nei lubrificanti ad alte prestazioni (EALs)- fluidi idraulici, olii per ingranaggi e grassi -detergenti industriali e solventi, hanno ricevuto le approvazioni OEM per l’uso in Kawasaki Heavy Industries ‘Propulsori a passo regolabile (CPP) e propulsori laterali.

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RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals

Maritime Professional

RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) - hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases - and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

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RSC Bio Solutions Gains Kawasaki OEM Approvals

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RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) - hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases - and industrial cleaners and solvents, said it has received OEM approvals for use in Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP) and side thrusters.

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Gains from eco-lube switch

Maritime Journal

So far the oil washed overboard from hydraulic deck equipment has been largely ignored, but not for much longer – growing concerns about sensitive regions such as the Arctic and the stepping up of US regulations indicate the future in Europe and Scandinavia...

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RSC Bio Solutions’ EALs Available through Drew Marine

Marine Link

RSC Bio Solutions said its high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are now available through Drew Marine’s global supply chain network, which is capable of delivering to more than 900 ports worldwide...

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RSC Bio Solutions’ Lubricants Now Available Through Drew Marine

The Maritime Executive

RSC Bio Solutions’ high performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are now available through Drew Marine’s global supply chain network.  Drew Marine’s network is capable of delivering to more than 900 ports worldwide...

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RSC Bio Solutions’ Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs)  Now Available Through Drew Marine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 11, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutionshigh performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are now available through Drew Marine’s global supply chain network.  Drew Marine’s network is capable of delivering to more than 900 ports worldwide.

Earlier this year, RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced a new global marine distribution partnership. This strategic alliance has expanded the global availability of RSC Bio Solutions’ extensive range of EALs, which are now delivered through Drew Marine’s global marine network. The following RSC FUTERRA™ and RSC EnviroLogic® products are currently stocked by Drew Marine worldwide:

  • RSC FUTERRA HF Series renewable hydrocarbon hydraulic fluids are Ecolabel certified and formulated to withstand extreme conditions and corrosion while operating in severe environments. Available in 46, 68 and 100 viscosity grades. Typical applications include stern tubes, controllable pitch propellers, stabilizers and various deck equipment.
  • RSC EnviroLogic GO Series readily biodegradable synthetic gear oils are formulated for harsh marine applications. Available in 68 and 100 viscosity grades. Thrusters, controllable pitch propellers and ancillary equipment are some of the typical applications that use gear oils.
  • RSC EnviroLogic Grease 0 biodegradable Lithium Complex grease is designed for multi-purpose use in harsh marine applications, including RO/RO ramp latches, steering gear and centralized pump systems with extended distances.

For inquiries related to the supply of cargo and passenger ships, customers should contact their Drew Marine representative or send inquiries to rsc@drew-marine.com. For inquiries not related to the supply of cargo or passenger ships, or for help locating RSC Bio Solutions’ products, please visit www.rscbio.com/distribution-network or contact customerservice@rscbio.com. 

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has a 20+ year history of providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, biodegradable alternatives that meet the demanding operating needs while reducing environmental and employee risk. The RSC FUTERRA™ HF Series is the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. RSC Bio Solutions also manufactures the EnviroLogic® branded technology, which includes a full line of hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases, along with an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.

About Drew Marine

Headquartered in Whippany, New Jersey, USA, Drew Marine is a leading global provider of technical solutions and services for the marine industry and specializes in Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants, Water Treatment, Fire, Safety & Rescue, Cleaning & Coatings, Fuel Management, Welding & Refrigeration, Sealing Products, and Signaling and Safety. For more information about Drew Marine, or any of the Drew Marine brands, including PainsWessex, Comet, Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety, ACR Electronics, or Drew Defense, please go to www.drew-marine.com.

RSC Bio, Drew Marine Partner

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

In Oslo at Norshipping 2017, RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced a new global marine distribution partnership, an alliance that enhances availability of RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmental Lubricants globally....

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RSC Bio Solutions Mid-Year Review Blog Post By Mike Guggenheimer, CEO, RSC Bio Solutions

With a new global marine distribution partnership underway, expanded product offerings, multiple new OEM approvals and team expansion, 2017 has proven to be an exciting year for RSC Bio Solutions.

Drew Marine Global Distribution Partnership

In June at Nor-Shipping annual conference in Oslo, Norway, we announced our new global distribution partnership with Drew Marine.

This new strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for our high performance environmental lubricant offerings and will strengthen both companies’ position in the industry and our mutual commitment to global service and product leadership. We believe Drew’s comprehensive supply chain network, deep industry expertise and strong technical support will deliver significant value to our growing customer base in the marine industry. This partnership addresses the growing need for high performing and compliant lubricants in far ranging port locations.  Our customers expect us to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory and technical environment and Drew Marine is an ideal partner to extend our ability to offer this service.

2 WREP Grease Launch

Staying true to our mission to provide sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments, we launched RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP, a water resistant, extreme pressure biodegradable grease.

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP is specially designed for high performance in a variety of marine and industrial equipment applications where exposure of the lubricant to water and environmental factors is a cause for concern. It offers multiple benefits, including:

  • outstanding water spray-off performance
  • extreme pressure and anti-wear performance
  • broad operating temperature range
  • resistance to water washout
  • ferrous and yellow metal corrosion protection
  • oxidative stability
  • good pumpability
  • good shear stability
  • sealing properties to keep out water and debris

New OEM Approvals

Whenever we sign a new partnership agreement or launch a new product, we always do so with our customers’ needs in mind. We are committed to providing not only the best products for the environment and your bottom line, but also the products that guarantee the best performance of your equipment. And there is no bigger affirmation of this commitment than receiving approvals from major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). In the first half of 2017, we added multiple OEM approvals to our already extensive list of companies (see marine and land approvals), allowing us to serve an even wider array of customers and applications.

Team Expansion

In addition to growing our global partnerships, we are excited to announce two new members of the team who will continue to expand our global footprint. Please join me in welcoming Kim Fondren and Patrick Kostelijk to RSC Bio Solutions. Kim, based in Houston, will focus on Business Development primarily for the Offshore Oil & Gas segment. Patrick will focus on Business Development for the European Union and is based in The Netherlands. 

In an industry that is constantly changing, evolving and is driven by innovation and supply chain collaboration, I am excited to see our company continue to grow and am proud of the RSC Bio Solutions team for staying on top of market trends and needs.

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Regulatory Growth Drives Search for Durable Lubricants

Marine Link

Using HEPR solutions satisfies regulatory compliance, sustainability initiatives and performance demands....

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Revision to EU Ecolabel could eliminate 50% of approved EALs

Fuels + Lubes

The EU Ecolabel criteria for lubricant products is currently under review. An industry taskforce has proposed several key changes to the labelling scheme to make regulations more stringent...

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Meeting Stern Regulations

Lubes'n'Greases

This past April, Princess Cruise Lines was slapped with a record penalty of $40 million for illegally dumping oily waste from cruise ships and falsifying official logs.

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RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine agree lube distribution Partnership

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RSC Bio Solutions has entered into a global distribution agreement with Drew Marine which will extend the availability of its Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL)...

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RSC Bio Solutions, Drew Marine Ink Distribution Deal

Marine Link

RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced a new global marine distribution partnership at a press event held at Nor-Shipping’s annual conference in Oslo, Norway.

This strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for RSC Bio Solutions’ high performance environmental lubricant offerings...

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RSC Bio Solutions & Drew Marine Announce Distribution Partnership

Maritime Executive

Strategic Alliance Creates Enhanced Global Availability of RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmental Lubricant Offerings

RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced their new global marine distribution partnership at a press event held at Nor-Shipping’s annual conference in Oslo, Norway. This strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmental Lubricant offerings...

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Biodegradeable Grease

Maritime Journal

RSC Bio Solutions, a global company that specialises in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has added a new water resistant, biodegradable grease to its portfolio.

RSC EnviroLogic Grease 2 WREP is a Lithium Complex, extreme pressure grease designed with polyalphaolefin (PAO) and hydrocarbon related type base fluids, which according to RSC Bio Solutions, offers exceptional performance under extreme pressure...

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Nor Shipping: RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine collaborate

Fathom News

RSC Bio Solutions announced at Nor-Shipping that it has joined forces with Drew Marine to create a global distribution network of RSC Bio Solutions’ environmentally acceptable lubricant.

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RSC Bio Solutions, Drew Marine Ink Distribution Deal

Info Marine

RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced a new global marine distribution partnership at a press event held at Nor-Shipping’s annual conference in Oslo, Norway. This strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for RSC Bio Solutions’ high performance environmental lubricant offerings.

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RSC Bio Solutions & Drew Marine Announce New Global Marine Distribution Partnership

Strategic Alliance Creates Enhanced Global Availability of RSC Bio Solutions’
High Performance Environmental Lubricant Offerings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 31, 2017)RSC Bio Solutions and Drew Marine announced today their new global marine distribution partnership at a press event held at Nor-Shipping’s annual conference in Oslo, Norway. This strategic alliance creates enhanced global availability for RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmental Lubricant offerings.

With Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) growing quickly in the global marine market and demand from shipowners expanding into a wider range of auxiliary lubricant and grease applications, RSC Bio Solutions announced that it has entered into a global distribution agreement with Drew Marine to significantly extend the availability of its product offerings and couple this innovative product range with the superior technical support and service of Drew Marine.  This partnership will strengthen both companies’ position in the industry and their mutual commitment to global service and product leadership.

“We believe Drew’s comprehensive supply chain network, deep industry expertise, and strong technical support will deliver significant value to our growing customer base in the marine industry,” said Mike Guggenheimer, CEO, RSC Bio Solutions. “This partnership addresses the growing need for high performing and compliant lubricants in far ranging port locations.  Our customers expect us to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory and technical environment and Drew Marine is an ideal partner to extend our ability to offer this service.”

With the challenges of today’s marine shipping market, owners and operators are looking for solutions that provide more flexibility and future-proof their fleet, but they are unwilling to risk a new technology investment with fears of availability gaps or performance tradeoffs.

“RSC Bio Solutions’ deep commitment to industrial biochemicals, impressive track record in marine applications, and unmatched performance profile sets a leadership pace in the industry and makes them an ideal partner for Drew Marine,” said David Knowles, CEO, Drew Marine.  “Our customers trust us to deliver high-quality solutions backed by superior technical service and compliance monitoring.  Bringing new technology, like the game-changing FUTERRA™ range from RSC Bio Solutions, supports Drew’s strategy to bring additional value and extends our trusted product offering.”

This strategic partnership will provide for the global marine EAL segment on many levels: superior performance and innovation; broad compliance and sustainability; dependable technical service and support; global availability and responsiveness.

RSC Bio Solutions’ EALs have more than a 20-year history with zero failures in the field. The company’s newest product family, the RSC FUTERRA™ HF Series is the first of its kind. These renewable hydrocarbon EALs are designed to withstand extreme conditions and prevent corrosion while operating in severe outdoor environments.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has more than 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA™, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.

About Drew Marine

Headquartered in Whippany, NJ, Drew Marine is a leading global provider of technical solutions and services to the marine industry and specializes in Water Treatment, Fire, Safety & Rescue, Cleaning & Coatings, Fuel Management, Welding & Refrigeration, Sealing Products, and Signaling and Safety. For more information about Drew Marine, or any of the Drew Marine brands, including PainsWessex, Comet, Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety, ACR Electronics, or Drew Defense please go to www.Drew-Marine.com.

RSC Bio Solutions Launches High Performance Biodegradable Grease

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 16, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced today the launch of RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP, a water resistant, biodegradable grease. This Lithium Complex, extreme pressure grease is an EAL designed with polyalphaolefin (PAO) and hydrocarbon related type base fluids.

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP is an EAL compliant with the 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). It was formulated to meet or exceed the performance of conventional and biodegradable greases in applications where water resistance is integral to the performance of the equipment.

“The new RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP has significant advantages offering exceptional water spray off performance, extreme pressure and anti-wear performance, and broad operating temperature range,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development at RSC Bio Solutions. “While applications outside of articulated tug and barge equipment are abundant, this grease aligns well with Intercon’s specifications and offers more advantages than any other grease we have encountered on the market.”

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP is specially designed for high performance in a variety of marine and industrial equipment applications where exposure of the lubricant to water and environmental factors is a cause for concern, such as articulated tug boats, barges, dredging, jack-up lifting systems, navigation locks and dams, deck equipment, rudders, and mobile drilling rigs. It is biodegradable and minimally toxic to aquatic life and animals.

RSC EnviroLogic® Grease 2 WREP offers multiple benefits, including:

  • Outstanding water spray off performance
  • Extreme pressure and anti-wear performance
  • Broad operating temperature range (400°F to below freezing)
  • Resistance to water wash out
  • Ferrous and yellow metals corrosion protection
  • Oxidative stability
  • Good pumpability
  • Good shear stability
  • Sealing properties to keep out water and debris

RSC EnviroLogic® sustainable lubricants are suitable, proven and approved for a variety of applications, and meet a wide range of ISO/NLGI grades and industry performance specifications. These solutions maintain technical feasibility evident in the many original equipment manufacturer (OEM) approvals, including: Aegir, Blohm & Voss, Eaton/Vickers, Linde, Rolls Royce, Rexroth, Komatsu and Wärtsilä.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has more than 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA™, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.

Fuels, Lubes & Additives: To 2020 and Beyond By Wendy Laursen

Maritime Executive 

As the transition to low-sulfur fuels accelerates, so do the problems. 

The increasingly stringent sulfur requirements set by IMO are already taking their toll in the name of environmental protection with marine insurer Allianz, in its Safety and Shipping Review 2016, noting an increase in machinery claims related to fuel issues...

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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding To Extensive List

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 RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new additions to its expanding list of OEM approvals for use in pumps and elastomers/seals...

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RSC Bio Solutions Receives Multiple OEM Approvals, Adding to Extensive List

Demand Increases for RSC Bio Solutions’ High Performance Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2017)RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in high performance environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, has added several new additions to its expanding list of OEM approvals for use in pumps and elastomers/seals.

The new 2017 OEM approvals include the following:

  • Carco - RSC EnviroLogic® HF 46 HP (approved for use in HT700 and Z500 elastomers), RSC EnviroLogic HF 68 HP (approved for use in S850, HT700, HT750 and Z500 elastomers), RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (approved for use in HT700 and Z500 elastomers), RSC EnviroLogic GO 150 (approved for use in S850, HT700, HT750 and Z500 elastomers);
  • James Walker Seals - RSC EnviroLogic HF 46 HP (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 68 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 150 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 100 (Bi-O-Lion Seals), RSC EnviroLogic GO 220 (Bi-O-Lion Seals);
  • Freudenberg/Merkel - RSC FUTERRA HF 32 (NBR Seals), RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (NBR Seals), RSC FUTERRA HF 68 (NBR Seals) and RSC FUTERRA HF 100 (NBR Seals);
  • Garlock - RSC FUTERRA HF Series (NBR, HNBR, FKM Seals);
  • Parker/Denison T6H20C Hybrid Pump - RSC FUTERRA HF 46 (approved for HF-6 and HF-1).

These additions to RSC Bio Solutions’ already extensive Marine OEM Approvals and Land OEM Approvals allow the company to serve a wide array of customers who use various types of pumps and elastomers/seals, primarily in the marine transportation, offshore oil and gas, construction, turf management, agriculture and utility fleets industries.

“Receiving OEM approvals from major manufacturers reaffirms our commitment to being not only the best product for the environment and your bottom line, but also the best for your equipment,” said Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr., vice president of research and development for RSC Bio Solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions’ Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) have more than 20-year history with zero failures in the field. The company’s newest product family, the RSC FUTERRA™ HF Series is the first of its kind. These renewable hydrocarbon EALs are designed to withstand extreme conditions and prevent corrosion while operating in severe outdoor environments. For more information on FUTERRA or any of RSC Bio Solutions’ products, visit www.rscbio.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has more than 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA™, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.

Digitization, Autonomous Vessels and Next Generation Fuels By Mike Guggenheimer

Takeaways from EMEC Amsterdam

I just returned from the European Marine Engineering Conference in Amsterdam and I’m excited to have seen RSC Bio Solutions recognized again for its innovation in the shipping industry. We were a finalist for the Environmental Performance Award, which is particularly gratifying given the award’s close tie to our mission to create solutions that address environmental risk, regulatory change and maintenance challenges without sacrificing performance. In general, the way they positioned this award linked closely to some of the themes and insights I gathered from peers and presenters at the event. 

The two most pressing issues facing the industry are the ballast water regulations and tightening sulphur emissions requirements. A sister conference dealt with the ballast water regulations, so that left the impending 2020 0.5% sulphur cap as a key topic. While some Emission Control Areas (ECA’s) already cap sulphur emissions at 0.1%, it is a small percentage of the operating environment and a reduction to 0.5% from the current 3.5% cap would be dramatic. Owners, operators, and charterers are faced with some tough decisions they must make now, even though they don’t have clarity on the operating costs of the options.  The ways to address this range from using expensive low sulphur fuel, adding a scrubber system, to a number of alternative fuel systems such as LNG, electric, biofuel, etc.  It is exciting to see the innovation and that the industry is addressing a real environmental problem – and at the same time, there are technical changes that will have profound implications on operating costs, port infrastructure and vessel design. 

I participated in a panel of biolubricant peers.  The three highlights from this panel discussion and series of presentations were:

  • Today’s top-tier biolubes are extremely durable and high-performing.  The industry still has lingering concerns about these products based on early experiences, but many of the current biolubricants not only meet the expected performance levels, they can offer performance advantages in some applications.
  • The adoption of biolubes is increasing.  Not only is the overall regulatory environment changing, but, increasingly, stakeholders in the industry recognize the need for solutions that offer protection for the environment.  We are seeing shipping companies and their customers with important brand names look for environmental stewardship.  We are seeing scorecards like the Clean Shipping Index being used to create incentives for lower port fees and fairway dues, especially in certain regions like the Baltics.  And, like the sulphur cap discussion, operations want solutions that are future ready, create more flexibility and require minimal changes in other systems.  For example, a lubricant that doesn’t demulsify or attacks natural rubber could require a seal change and an expense filtering system to remove water.  That brings opportunity for RSC Bio Solutions, as our technology does not require these kinds of expensive changes.
  • Lead leaching - sometimes seen in conjunction with biolubes - is coming from inferior lead paints, not an inferior lubricant.  Vickers presented compelling research demonstrating that there is an industry-wide issue.  This underscores some on the unwarranted and legacy fears about new technology – they wrongly assume when something unusual happens, it is a negative result of the new technology.  The solvency—or cleaning power—of some biolubes is generally a good thing and in this case the use of inferior and lead-based paints in an issue to be address.  This discussion also highlights that when switching to advanced technology (whether that be a biolube, LNG fuel, or a new data management system) it is important to have a partner who is a technical expert and can troubleshoot through technical concerns.

Overall, I observed an industry that is trying to prepare itself for the future.  The industry is slowly emerging from a very challenging economic environment and many marine companies are still struggling.  But, at the same time, the leaders are investing in technology to make their companies smarter, more efficient and more resilient.  It isn’t just about being ready for the future regulatory environment, but exploring technology to make their businesses more financially sustainable.  The leaders are looking at digitization, autonomous vessels, next generation fuels and dramatic changes in vessel design.  It is an exciting time to be in the industry, but with huge changes happening there will clearly be winners and losers.  I believe the winners will be the companies that are thinking long term, anticipating trends, and making investments in technology that minimize downside risk and favor flexibility and compatibility with a wider range of systems.  I am equally excited to see RSC Bio Solutions play a role in creating solutions to these challenges. 

RSC Bio Solutions Produces Plant-based Lubricant for Extreme Industrial Applications

International Dredging Review

RSC Bio Solutions has introduced the FUTERRATM product line of sugar-based bio-refined lubricants that have all the characteristics necessary for use in extreme industrial conditions, while meeting U.S. and global regulations for certification as environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs). They have the same protection ability as petroleum-based lubricating oils.  

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VGP 2013: Propelling Marine Lubricants

Tribology & Lubrication Technology 

Creating safe, environmentally friendly and high-performing lubes required cooperation between lube manufacturers, OEMs and the U.S. government.

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EALs Rise Up on Deck

The next critical area of consideration for the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants is on Deck. What’s leaking into the water from your cranes and winches?

Vessel fleets face an increasing number of environ-mentally-focused regulations, adding complexity to their operations and creating urgency around compliance. These regulatory requirements, however, do not offset an operator’s need for products that perform consistently well. With the right Environmentally Accept-able Lubricants (EALs), marine companies can see perfor-mance benefi ts that can save time and money, while fur-ther protecting the environments in which they operate. Nowhere is that important today than on deck.

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Key Trends and Insights at GST Europe 2017 and Shipping 2030 By Mike Guggenheimer

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend Green Ship Technology and Shipping 2030 in Copenhagen. We were honored at GST by being shortlisted for Green Ship Technology of the Year Award.  It was also a great opportunity to meet with ship owners, leading technologists, and strategic influencers to get a sense for the key trends and issues that are top of mind for the shipping industry.

I thought I would share some of the insights I gathered:

  • The drive towards sustainability is now a central, strategic issue.  Regulations are clearly a factor but with attractive incentives, technology creating new efficiencies, and pathways to lower costs and risks, ship owners are dedicating resources to this area.  The things happening now are only the beginning.  Local emissions control efforts will move towards decarbonization and broader environmental protection efforts.  A key theme I heard was about making decisions today that are ready for that future.
  • The big compliance issues are consuming operators in the short run.  Ballast water and emissions thresholds are the more urgent topics and much work must go into understanding and complying with these regulations.   At the same time, there are many exciting, lower-investment initiatives that are driving long-term value.  Bulbous bows, advanced hull coatings, power optimization systems, and next generation lubricants like FUTERRATM are stacking up to create significant value and operational efficiency. Technology like air bubbles under hulls and wind power are a lot more exciting to work on than pure compliance issues like ballast water management systems, which must be dealt with now.
  • Players want an even playing field.  Regulations can be inconsistent across the globe.  Scorecards and measurements use different methodologies.  Ship owners, especially leaders, support regulations and incentives that help the industry move to a better place, but they want the rules to be clear and consistent so the leaders aren’t left at a competitive disadvantage. 
  • Digitization is coming.  The industry is working to understand how digitization will impact the system and the current supply chain.  My sense is that digitization will be disruptive for many existing marine companies and that the players that embrace the potential and get comfortable with sharing data will find ways to win.  A blue water shipping vessel - which used to be “off-line” away from the port – can now share data in real time to partners and support teams thousands of miles away.  The industry is just starting to wrestle with the implications.
  • Things are improving, but not evenly.  Some segments are seeing a recovery in rates and performance in 2017 while other areas will take longer.  Leaders that have positioned themselves to protect asset value for the long term, managed their balance sheets well, and made investments to increase fleet flexibility or extend maintenance intervals are faring better and are positioned to take advantage of opportunities.

In addition to these takeaways, it was reassuring for me that ship owners are looking for technical solutions that provide peace of mind.  For RSC Bio Solutions that has meant helping owners protect assets and protect the environment with technical solutions proven in the field and backed by a warranty.

If you have any additional insights, care to provide feedback, or just want to engage in a conversation about the trends in the industry, drop me a note through info@rscbio.com.

EALs Rise Up on Deck

Marine News

The next critical area of consideration for the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants is on Deck. What’s leaking into the water from your cranes and winches?

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Why Demulsifying Hydraulic Fluids Matter By Dr. Bernie Roell, Vice President of R&D

Water contamination is the leading cause of hydraulic system failure. It causes both chemical and mechanical issues which can be extremely costly to fix, not to mention the downtime and headache they inevitably bring.

The best way to prevent failures is to ensure that you are using quality hydraulic fluids. We have developed an infographic that explains the problems associated with water contamination and the benefits of demulsifying fluids.

First, let’s define the difference between emulsifying and demulsifying fluids. In simple words, emulsifying lubricants are formulated to absorb or suspend water in the system, while demulsifying lubricants are formulated to separate water from the system. Why does that matter? Because the presence of water in the system leads to hydrolysis, premature oxidation and a corrosive environment which shortens the life of the pump or other equipment. And as you already know, the hydraulic pump is generally the most expensive component on a hydraulic system. It also has the ability to cause chain-reaction failures, meaning that once your pump fails, the rest of your equipment is in danger, too.

Most OEMs recommend draining and refilling any fluid with water content above five percent. As a result, the industry is trending towards wider use of demulsifying lubricants, which allow water to be easily removed through normal separating methods.

Hydraulic Environmental Polyalphaolefins and related hydrocarbon products (HEPR) is an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL) classification that has excellent water separating characteristics and easily demulsifies water in your system by draining and separating water from your hydraulic systems. This type of technology behaves similar to petroleum oil counterparts.  Some ester based EALs (Vegetable and Saturated) are designed to separate water as well, however, emulsifying esters simply manage the water that gets into your system. In addition, HEPR solutions offer multiple benefits:

  • Highly durable and offer extended wear protection
  • Extended fluid life (due to exceptional oxidative stability)
  • Broad temperature range performance
  •  Excellent thermal and hydrolytic stability
  • Broad seal compatibility
  • Easy drop-in replacement for petroleum / mineral oil-based lubricants

Download our Get the Water Out infographic here and protect your equipment with demulsifying EALs.

Highlights from the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2017 By Chris Griffin, Business Development

The PVA Annual Convention’s tagline “your link to the future” really came to life at this year’s event where leaders in the passenger vessel industry and key government officials gathered to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

I had the honor to present at the PVA Green WATERS Conference, which was truly one of my favorite moments from my trip. My presentation was entitled “Case Study: New Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) Technology” and focused on the key differentiators of RSC Bio Solutions’ HEPR technology. RSC Bio Solutions’ newest product offerings not only meet the highest levels of regulatory requirements, but also ensure peak equipment performance and legacy fluid and equipment compatibility, all in a cost-effective manner. We believe that products of this type will set the standard for EALs well into the future and help enhance PVA’s mission to promote the interests and the economic well-being of U.S. passenger vessel owners and operators, while promoting safety and a secure maritime operating environment for passengers, crew and the public at-large. The audience was very engaged and asked a lot of good questions, which showed their interest in learning more about EALs.

While at PVA, I also attended other presentations and sessions on various topics including environmental law, innovative partnerships and the rebirth of the New York City ferry system. I enjoyed meeting new people with varied interests and roles in the passenger vessel industry – owners/operators, boatbuilders, shipbuilders, naval architects and engineers, U.S. Coast Guard officers, municipal/government agency representatives, various suppliers and service providers, and maritime attorneys. It truly was a great mixture of people, which made my experience even more exciting and educational. I enjoyed learning more about the passenger vessel industry first-hand, particularly hearing about their concerns, challenges and optimism for the future. It is an open and collaborative industry where trusting relationships are important.

Thank you PVA for a great experience! I look forward to 2018!

RSC Bio Solutions Expands

Maritime Logistics Professional

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets. 

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RSC Bio Solutions Expands

Marine Link

RSC Bio Solutions recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets. 

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RSC Bio Solutions Expands, Welcomes New Team Members

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (January 23, 2017) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of several key team members in the business development and sales departments in a continuing drive to support its growing client base. The company also announced a new market-oriented organizational structure with two focused teams around the marine and land markets.

“Deeper segment experience and knowledge will support our growth objectives and our goal to be recognized as the go-to resource for biochemical solutions in markets where protecting equipment and protecting the environment are both essential,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions.

RSC Bio Solutions welcomes the following new team members:

  • Damian Seipel, account executive
  • Chris Griffin, business development manager
  • Mark Fretz, business development manager
  • Paul Treese, regional sales manager
  • Lauren Lionberger, global commercial director
  • Paul DeVivo, independent strategic advisor

Damian Seipel joins RSC Bio Solutions in the role of account executive. He will be focusing on helping the company identify, prospect and capture new opportunities on the West coast. Seipel has over 16 years of experience working in the chemicals, lubricants and automotive industry and has a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Arizona State University.

Chris Griffin and Mark Fretz join RSC Bio Solutions as business development managers. In their roles, Griffin and Fretz will work to identify and capture business opportunities in new markets, as well as support and expand existing customer relationships. Griffin has a robust background in market and business development from over 20 years of experience with companies such as Allied Signal, Honeywell, DSM Dyneema and Celanese. Griffin has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a MBA from College of William & Mary. Fretz has worked in chemical and related industries for the past 17 years at companies such as Henkel, Houghton, and Wacker Chemical. Fretz has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Purdue University, along with a MBA from University of Massachusetts.  

Paul Treese has been hired as regional sales manager, focused on land segments in the eastern U.S., specifically truck fleets, turf equipment, municipalities, utilities and other land fleets and equipment. Treese brings over 25 years of experience in technical sales and sales management, working with companies such as US Foods, Terminix and Chemsearch. Treese has a bachelor of science in business administration degree from Penn State University.

Lauren Lionberger joins the RSC Bio Solutions team as global commercial director for the marine market. In this role, Lionberger will lead the team responsible for business development and account management globally in key marine and offshore oil and gas segments. Lionberger brings extensive experience and relationships related to direct sales and project management in oil and gas and lubricants markets from companies like Chevron and Optical Metrology Services. Lionberger has a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University.

Paul DeVivo joins the RSC Bio Solutions team as an independent strategic advisor. His extensive leadership and technical experience across multiple industries will add considerable value to RSC Bio Solutions’ global business development. DeVivo is the retired former CEO of Gulf Oil International and Houghton International and brings extensive experience as a senior executive leading global technical marine supply organizations. DeVivo has a bachelor of science in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, along with a MBA from University of Miami.

“We are excited about the commitment to growth and leadership that these new team members represent and are confident that we can achieve the goals set before us with our talented and expanding team,” added Guggenheimer.

These new organizational announcements come on the heels of the launch of RSC Bio Solutions’ FUTERRATM Ecolabel-certified environmentally acceptable lubricant and the Every Spill Matters public education campaign. 

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA™, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


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Sustainability in Business By Mike Guggenheimer

RSC Bio Solutions’ mission is to provide sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. We value both sustainability and performance and believe that having the perfect blend of the two is what makes a company successful and profitable.

According to the 2016 Sustainability Global Executive Study and Research Project, published by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group, there is a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance, and investors are beginning to use sustainability-related data as a rationale for investment decisions.

Taking it one step further, not only are investors paying attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics, “nearly half of investors say that they won’t invest in a company with a record of poor sustainability performance. Some 60% of investment firm board members say they are willing to divest from companies with a poor sustainability footprint.”[1]

In fact, I just returned from a visit to Scandinavia and the general theme from the leaders I met with was that even in a tough business environment, long-term decisions that reduce environmental risk and protect equipment are essential to their business strategy.  With a new year upon us, it is the perfect time to take a second look at what you’re doing to make your organization more attractive to potential employees, customers and investors.

When considering the big picture of sustainability, while many agree with the link between sustainability and financial performance, our partners are looking for subject matter experts to help them navigate an increasingly confusing landscape – in terms of both reducing environmental and employee risk and increasing their company’s bottom line.

As an example, we partner with Höegh Wallem Ship Management, who has seen both sustainability and profitability benefits emerge as key success factors. Through our partnership, Höegh Wallem Ship Management was able to narrow its focus and look to areas where it could make a significant impact with minimal downside. Read the full case study here.

RSC Bio Solutions continues to innovate in formulating products with an eye on performance and an eye on the future. Our partners rely on us to provide products that not only offer a level of sustainability and environmental responsibility, but also to continuously keep our attention focused on the future success of their growing and shifting businesses. That is why our mission is to research and develop sustainable solutions for all kinds of difficult environments. And that is why we make sure those solutions protect the environment, anticipate future regulations, but never, ever sacrifice performance.  

[1] G. Unruh, D. Kiron, N. Kruschwitz, M. Reeves, H. Rubel, and A.M. zum Felde (2016, May).  Investing for a Sustainable Future, MIT Sloan Management Review. Retrieved from http://sloanreview.mit.edu/projects/investing-for-a-sustainable-future/

Mitigating Risk without Sacrificing Performance

MarineLink

A new entry to the EAL lubricant race emerges from RSC Bio Solutions. Deep roots, new technologies and familiar names create the basis for a different way of approaching marine lubricants.

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First of its Kind EAL

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource constraints, standardizing requirements due to globalization, public opinion and pressure, increase in climate change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies.

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Save the Seals

National Fisherman

For commercial skippers of vessels greater than 79 feet operating in the Great Lakes or within three nautical miles of U.S. coastlines, environmentally acceptable lubricants are the mandate. For everyone else, especially given the Environmental Protection Agency’s continuing tighter regulations, switching to EALs may just be a matter of time. 

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EAL Will Protect People, Planet and Profit

International Tug & OSV

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the public about the causes and dangerous effects of petroleumbased oil spills and leaks on both land and water, and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting ‘the three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.

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“Developing the Ultimate Green Ship”

GreenShip Technology Conference Post-Event Blog Post 

By George Cook, Senior Applications Project Manager at RSC Bio Solutions

With more than 100 attendees and over 60 expert speakers, the 2016 GreenShip Technology (GST) Conference was a great event with lots of networking opportunities. This year, the event took place in Washington, DC and the attendees included ship owners, management companies, charter companies and vendors that supply products that reduce the environmental footprint of ship operations.

GST 2016 was dedicated to several main areas: managing air emissions, Vessel General Permit (VGP) spotlight, approaches to ballast water management, options for reducing emissions with alternative fuels, innovations in sustainable ship design and methods for improving energy efficiency. New proposed regulations of ballast water in 2020 and low sulfur fuels globally, have companies looking for solutions to ensure compliance. They are also working to evaluate the overall economic impact. Organizations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) gave their perspective on both. Several companies presented scrubbers for the smoke stacks which could allow ships to burn regular fuel, which would create cost savings long-term. Ballast water control revolved around methods to kill organisms before discharge into the port water.

I had the honor to participate in a panel discussion entitled “Developing the Ultimate Green Ship.” My presentation was focused on “Enhanced Performance through Next Generation Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).” The conference chairman, Jon Stewart, President of International Maritime Technology Consultants, moderated the session. Each of the panelists gave a short presentation about technologies that are key to the future of environmentally conscious ship design, followed by questions from the audience. In my presentation, I addressed new categories of bio-based EAL technologies and their performance and sustainability benefits, how innovative industry partnerships are advancing new product development in this area, and growing global environmental regulations.

During the presentation, I also introduced the audience to FUTERRA™, RSC Bio Solutions’ newest revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants. The first and only hydrocarbon renewable EAL, FUTERRA is Ecolabel-certified and designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

Beyond the presentation and hearing from other industry experts on relevant topics, while at GST, I also had the opportunity to reconnect with current customers and to establish new business relationships that I believe will extend far beyond GST. 

To learn more about FUTERRA and how RSC Bio Solutions can help your company keep moving forward, visit http://rscbio.com/

Global Marine Regulations and the Future of Renewable Lubricant Technologies

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

There are numerous factors that are driving global environmental regulatory growth and the growth in renewable lubricant technologies, such as natural resource change concerns, new technologies, new evidence from research and overall growing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) concerns, and most recently the improvements in the durability of lubricants made from renewable technologies. According to environmental consultants and advisors, there are currently thousands of new environmental regulations awaiting attention from legislators and regulators around the globe. Different standards hamper growth and thus, pressure to harmonize regulations is likely to continue alongside the regional and global integration of markets.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches ‘Every Spill Counts’ Campaign

Waterways Journal

RSC Bio Solutions recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water. The campaign stresses the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps”—People, Planet and Profits.

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Developing the Ultimate Green Ship

Join RSC Bio Solutions for a panel discussion entitled “Developing the Ultimate Green Ship,” which will take place at 09:45 a.m. on the 16th November, 2016 at the GST North America Conference, and visit us at Booth #3.

George Cook, Senior Applications Project Manager at RSC Bio Solutions, will present on “Enhanced Performance through Next Generation Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).” Cook received his degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina and has spent his career working in various chemical industries.  His role with RSC Bio Solutions on the technical team involves working in R&D and field technical support for sales and business development.

The conference chairman, Jon Stewart, President of International Maritime Technology Consultants, will be moderating the session. Each of the panelists will give a short presentation about technologies that are key to the future of environmentally conscious ship design, followed by questions from the audience.

In his presentation, Cook will address:

  • New categories of bio-based EAL technologies and their performance and sustainability benefits
  • Innovative industry partnerships advancing new product development in this area
  • Growing global environmental regulations

Other panelists include:

  • Dr. Andrés Molina, Project Director, Ecoship Project
  • Frank Hansen, Managing Director, Danfoss IXA
  • Ben Bryant, Marine Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication NA

If you would like to schedule a meeting at GST, or if you have any further questions regarding this session or RSC Bio Solutions in general, please contact George Cook at gcook@rscbio.com.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. The company also manufactures FUTERRA™, the only hydrocarbon renewable EAL designed to outperform other products on the market today, delivering Ecolabel certification to meet the most stringent global environmental regulations. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


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Mitigating Risk without Sacrificing Performance

Marine News

It isn't surprising that RSC Bio Solutions, a provider of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, chose the SMM 2016 trade exposition in Hamburg, Germany as the platform to launch its newest product. That's because SMM provided an appropriately large platform for a firm that has deep roots in the chemical and degreaser markets, but perhaps not the name recognition of its higher profile competition. Wish roots fating all the way back to 1924, and leveraging the acquisition of another now-familiar lubricants firm – Terresolve Technologies – this isn't RSC Bio Solutions' first rodeo. It's also not likely to be the last.

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It’s Getting Easier Being Green: Green Business Trends for 2016 by Mike Guggenheimer

I recently came across an interesting article outlining some key trends and progress in corporate sustainability initiatives. It identifies several “next big things” that could have a major impact on our customers and the markets we serve. Among these are the b-to-b sharing/collaborative economy, green infrastructure and the blue economy. 

The B2B collaborative economy monetizes underutilized assets and uses technology to connect them to markets, allowing companies to buy and maintain fewer assets, such as pieces of equipment or fleet vehicles to reduce their carbon footprints while reducing costs.  This is already having significant implications for fleet-based industries and shipping.

Green infrastructure seeks to solve urban and climatic challenges by building with nature. Better storm water management and other clean water efforts are a cornerstone of this movement. Given RSC Bio Solutions’ involvement in controlling land-based runoff and marine pollution, these are a natural complement to our own efforts to create a safer, cleaner environment and could have a major effect on municipal customers and prospects.

According to Joel Makower, “Another area of focus is the growth of the ‘blue economy’ — the newfound focus on the business of oceans, from mapping and mining to stewardship and ‘smart sailing’.” As Vessel General Permit requirements progress to smaller vessels and focus intensifies on large and small spill and leak prevention and attention turns to upstream marine pollution emanating from land-based spills, marine operators will need to adopt additional measures and land-based operators are likely to face increasing regulatory pressures to adopt more sustainable practices and products.

We encourage you to read the report on the collective progress of corporate sustainability. Armed with this information, you can Keep Moving. Forward.

Maritime Reporter TV Interview: Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO, RSC Bio Solutions

At the SMM 2016 in Hamburg, Germany, MarineNews and Maritime Logistics Professional Editor Joseph Keefe interviews Mike Guggenheimer, President and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions, for Maritime Reporter TV. Mr. Guggenheimer expands on the introduction of RSC Bio Solutions’ newest product, EAL lubricant Futerra. Reduced ownership costs, an expanded warranty and OEM approvals are among the many benefits of this new product.

RSC Bio Solutions Launches “Every Spill Counts” Environmental Education Campaign

Campaign aimed at informing the public and industry on ties between and dangers of land-based and marine pollution 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 26, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” - People, Planet and Profits.

The centerpiece of the campaign, which highlights key data and legislative requirements on these topics, is a new microsite: www.everyspillcounts.com which features two new infographics: Every Spill Counts and The Future of Petroleum-Based Spill and Leak Regulations. Other campaign components include byline articles, speaking presentations, white papers, and a revamped company website, www.rscbio.com, which provides new content focused on the company's mission to provide sustainable, high-performing solutions for unforgiving environments and meet the demanding needs of operations, while also reducing environmental and employee risk.

“While there has been heavy media and regulatory focus on large marine-related spills and leaks, the rules and attention are far less for land-based and smaller spills, which are equally dangerous to the environment,” said Lisa Clark, vice president of marketing and market development, RSC Bio Solutions.  “As a biochemical, technological and environmental leader, we are committed to not only creating a better world by spearheading the development of sustainable technologies but to also creating products that are cost-effective and allow for easy conversion. This campaign is an outward manifestation of that vision.”

In addition to outlining possible legislative changes and explaining safer alternatives to petroleum-based products, the microsite and infographics highlight illustrative data points:

  • While many believe marine pollution happens from marine sources, land-based and urban runoff sources contribute more than half the pollution introduced into American coastal waterways each year.
  • Industry spills alone contribute more than 9 million gallons of oil to U.S. land and groundwater resources each year.
  • A single hydraulic leak of one drop per second is equal to 420 gallons of oil per 12-month period.

The effort comes on the heels of the launch of RSC Bio Solutions’ new FUTERRATM Ecolabel certified environmentally acceptable lubricant.  This new “fluid of the future” meets global sustainability requirements now and well into the future with enhanced equipment and fluid performance, essentially countering nearly all current barriers to EAL adoption.  While the product launch has initially been focused on marine operations, the company believes that by educating land-based operators on the dangers of even small spills, they will be moved to take action.

“We’ve taken a quantum leap forward with the development of FUTERRATM, and, while we expect the industry will be very interested in learning what they can do to help protect the 3 P’s, we encourage everyone to use the online tools we’ve developed to better understand the true impact of this type of pollution and our common ability to improve our environment by making simple changes in the way we work, live and do business,” added Clark.


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RSC Spill Campaign

GreenPort 

RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new educational campaign aimed at informing the industry and general public on the dangerous effects of oil spills and leaks.

It will highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting the ‘Three Ps’ – people, planet and profits.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign

Maritime Professional 

RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water and the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” - People, Planet and Profits.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches Environmental Education Campaign

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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, has recently launched a new education campaign aimed at informing the industry and the general public on the causes and dangerous effects of petroleum-based oil spills and leaks on both land and water...

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Campaign Launched to Educate on Dangers of Petroleum-Based Spills

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RSC Bio Solutions has launched a new education campaign that aims to inform the shipping industry and the general public on the causes and effects of petroleum-based oil spills on both land and water and highlight the importance of adopting sustainable business and personal practices in protecting “The Three Ps” – People, Planet and Profits.

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Interview with Mike Guggenheimer, RSC Bio Solutions

RSC Bio Solutions participated as an exhibitor in SMM 2016, 6-9 September, Hamburg, Germany. GREEN4SEA Team met Mike Guggenheimer, CEO at the exhibition to discuss about company’s latest developments and highlights.

Revolutionary Bio-based Lubricants Launched

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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch of FUTERRA™, a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants.  The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

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From Marine to Land-Based Pollution: The Future of Petroleum-based Spill and Leak Penalties

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There is growing concern regarding the environmental impact and associated costs of petroleum based fluid discharges. Petroleum is persistent and toxic. It damages living organisms including plants, animals and marine life for many years. While many believe that the bulk of this environmental damage is done by major spills, such as the Exxon Valdez or the Deepwater Horizon events, in reality every spill matters. In fact, small leaks account for an overwhelming percentage of all oil-related pollution.

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Water, Water Everywhere, but NOT in Your Hydraulic System By Dr. Bernard C. Roell, Jr.

According to original equipment manufacturers and tribologists, the number one cause of hydraulic system failure is water contamination. The presence of water in the system builds a corrosive environment, which shortens the life of the pump or other equipment.

Whether through a series of chemical reactions or external egress, water will accumulate in any hydraulic system.  Since it is impossible to keep it out, and given the damage it invariably causes, it seems obvious that the best maintenance strategy is to remove the water as quickly as possible.  However, I am often shocked by how many of those with whom I speak believe just the opposite, choosing lubricants that emulsify and absorb water in the system, rather than removing it.

The type of oil or fluid used can have a major impact on water contamination and the ability to remove water from a system. While traditional oil-based lubricants can be used on land applications, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit regulations require the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in marine environments. However, traditional oils and different classes of EALs react differently with water. Unlike traditional oils, which do not mix with water, some EALs, including certain Hydraulic Environmental synthetic esters (HEESs) and polyalkalene glycol synthetics (HEPGs) are emulsifying, which means they are intended to absorb water. Hydraulic Environmental Polyalphaolefin and related hydrocarbons (HEPRs), on the other hand are demulsifying, which means that they separate water out from the fluid, rather than absorbing it.

Many producers of HEESs and HEPGs have claimed that, given their fluids’ ability to emulsify water, there is no need to check for or remove water from the system. However, most OEMs disagree, recommending draining and refilling any fluid with water content above five percent.

As the Vice President of Research & Development of RSC Bio Solutions, I pride myself on our team’s innovative spirit, thought leadership on key issues, and our commitment to providing the insight and information customers need. We’ve created this primer (pg. 4-11) to educate hydraulic maintenance professionals and lubricant buyers on the dangers of water in their systems and the best strategies for addressing this critical issue.  It’s just one of the many ways we help you Keep Moving. Forward.

RSC launches new EAL

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RSC Bio Solutions unveiled its latest development in bio-based lubricant technology at SMM, Futerra.

The new environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) is hydrocarbon renewable and is designed to meet the strictest environmental regulations.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS LAUNCHES NEW LINE OF BIO-BASED LUBRICANTS

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RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A., has launched a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants. The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA™ was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

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Unique Plant-Based Hydrocarbon EAL Launched

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RSC Bio Solutions has launched a first-of-its-kind maritime environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) at this year’s SMM trade fair held in Hamburg, Germany.

The EAL, FUTERRA, is the first-of-its kind to be released into the market and is the only hydrocarbon EAL that is made from renewable plant-based material rather than traditionally ester-based.  The product meets all global regulations, including the United States Vessel General Permit (VGP) and is Ecolabel-certified, enabling its use anywhere in the world.

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RSC Bio launches first renewable hydrocarbon EAL

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RSC Bio Solutions has launched Futerra, a product line of bio-based lubricants. 

The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, Futerra was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches New EAL

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A hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA offers superior performance in both wet and dry environments, holds up to extreme conditions in contact with water in high-pressure and extreme temperatures and has higher durability, which results in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life, according to the manufacturer.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches First-of-Its Kind EAL Designed to Improve Performance

Ecolabel-certified product meets all global environmental regulations at a lower total cost of ownership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 6, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and cleaners, announced the launch of FUTERRA™, a new revolutionary product line of bio-based lubricants.  The only hydrocarbon renewable EAL derived from a plant-based material, FUTERRA was designed to outperform other products on the market while meeting the most stringent global environmental regulations at a more attractive price point.

FUTERRA offers superior performance in both wet and dry environments, holds up to extreme conditions in contact with water in high-pressure and extreme temperatures and has higher durability compared to other EALs, which results in greater system efficiency, fewer change-outs and extended equipment life.  Additionally, FUTERRA offers ultimate system and seal compatibility and is miscible with legacy fluids, so it does not disrupt operations schedules, increasing system uptime and efficiency. In fact, it is the only EAL from a renewable hydrocarbon resource and is a drop-in replacement for mineral oil- or petroleum-based lubricants. Finally, as an Ecolabel-certified product, FUTERRA is suitable for use anywhere in the world, giving marine companies the ultimate route and equipment flexibility.

“FUTERRA is the clear choice for risk mitigation in sensitive areas without sacrificing performance, quality or cost-effectiveness,” said Mike Guggenheimer, president and CEO, RSC Bio Solutions. “We believe that forward-looking and operationally efficient ship management teams will be keenly interested in this new technology as they anticipate future trends.”

FUTERRA is the strongest performing bio-based lubricant currently available on the market. This lubricant can last 3 to 4 times longer against other EALs and thus allows operators to significantly increase the time interval between change-outs. FUTERRA offers the only 10-year performance guarantee in the industry, with some restrictions, for stern tube applications.

“FUTERRA is truly a breakthrough in our industry,” said Dr. Bernie Roell, vice president of research & development, at RSC Bio Solutions. “It outperforms all other EALs currently on the market, meets OEM specifications and is the new standard for EALs in the marine industry.”


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Understanding EALs

The use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces of vessels greater than 79 feet in length has been mandated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency since December 2013. While operators of larger vessel have become familiar with what is required from them, there is still a great deal of uncertainty around why these fluids have been mandated, how they perform and what the benefits they deliver. The pending Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) has created even more market confusion, especially among smaller vessel operators who may be less familiar with these fluids and their use.

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The Impact of Water in Your Hydraulic System

Even the smallest hydraulic system failure can be very costly in terms of lost productivity, change-out times and repairs. This is compounded in large-scale operations, such as oil rigs or dredging sites. When a hydraulic system failure occurs, it is commonly blamed on the oil or hydraulic fluid being used, and rightly so, since it is estimated that 90 percent of the time a fluid-related pump failure is due to contamination. However, rather than simply questioning the quality or performance of the fluid itself, it is important to examine HOW the contamination occurred, what might have been done to prevent it, and to use this information to mitigate potential future problems.

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RSC Bio Solutions Launches New Website

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 16, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, announced the launch of its newly revamped website. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.

Key features of the website include a cleaner and more attractive design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation and new content focused on the company's mission to provide sustainable, high-performing solutions for unforgiving environments and meet the demanding needs of operations, while also reducing environmental and employee risk.

The website includes extensive product information to help customers understand RSC Bio Solutions' complete range of environmentally acceptable solutions. Technical data, glossary of terms and case studies work together to provide a detailed overview of RSC Bio Solutions' capabilities across a wide range of applications, including marine construction, marine transportation, offshore oil and gas, turf management and utility fleets.

"We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information it provides for customers, partners and media," said Lisa Clark, vice president of marketing and business development of RSC Bio Solutions. "We believe that this new website will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence."

Created with the user experience in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the website is compatible with today's browsers and mobile devices. Furthermore, the new website allows users to share products and pages that interest them with others across Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and sign up for direct emails from the company at http://rscbio.com/.

About RSC Bio Solutions, LLC

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, RSC Bio Solutions has 20 years of history and is committed to providing sustainable solutions for unforgiving environments by offering equipment operators high-performing, sustainable alternatives that allow them to meet the demanding needs of their operations while reducing environmental and employee risk. RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® branded technology includes a full line of lubricants – hydraulic fluids, gear oils and greases – additionally offering an innovative line of cleaners and solvents for industrial markets. For more information, visit www.rscbio.com.


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The Destructive Drip by Lisa Clark

Even among the most environmentally-friendly companies, it’s all too common a question: “Is one leak really that big of a deal?”  The answer is a resounding and definitive—YES.  This question is especially pervasive in land-based operations, which face far less scrutiny and regulatory mandates than in marine-based operations.

Studies show that drips may be more destructive overtime than even large spills.  The fact is that a single hydraulic leak of one drop per second is equal to 420 gallons of oil in a 12-month period. That figure is significant in and of itself, but think about the number of parts in a fleet that leak on any given day, and the math becomes staggering.

It has been estimated that more than 100 million gallons of fluids could be saved every year in North America if external leakage from hydraulic machinery and other lubricated equipment was eliminated.  Too small to be reported, these seemingly insignificant land-based spills and leaks are often disposed of in sewer systems or buried in the dirt, ultimately heading toward the water table as runoff or choking off plant life in the affected area.  This represents a yearly accumulation roughly twice the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Clearly, this is a major problem, and it is incumbent on each of us to take action.  Thankfully, safer options are available.  In recent years, environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) have evolved to ensure the same or better level of performance than their petroleum-based counterparts, allowing companies to do the right thing for people, planet and profits.

While there is currently no requirement to use EALs in land-based operations, an increasing number of companies are voluntarily making the switch from petroleum-based lubricants and greases to safer, more beneficial options, eliminating the destructive drip.

RSC Bio Solutions is proud to partner with organizations that share our belief that every spill and leak counts, and to help them make the business case for doing the right thing – even when no one is looking.

The Case for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and Fluids in Land Applications and Equipment

Companies across a wide range of heavy equipment industries are moving steadily toward greater environmental stewardship. Much of this progress has been compelled through enhanced regulatory requirements, and it is fair to say that regulations will continue to grow more stringent over time.

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Best Practices in Choosing and Maintaining EALs for Marine Applications

Marine Log With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations in place for several years now and Small Vessel General Permits (sVGP) poised to expand these regulations to new classes of vessels, marine operators have embraced the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and become familiar with the inherent environmental and performance benefits of switching from conventional lubricants. However, there is still a great deal of confusion in the marketplace surrounding EAL choice and maintenance. It's important for operators to educate themselves on which type of EAL is best suited to different applications and strategies for maximizing ROI and equipment life.

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VGP Compliance for Workboats: Best Practices for Deck and Equipment Washdowns

Marine News Government regulations have turned our attention to the damage petroleum lubricant discharges cause in the entire marine ecosystem and the market has responded by developing Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). While large vessel operators have grown accustomed to the requirements of these regulations, the advent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Small Vessel General Permit, sVGP, is forcing operators of smaller vessels to examine applicable requirements.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS EXPANDING GLOBAL CAPABILITIES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 4, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the addition of a new market manager for Europe and a new international representative. These new partnerships will further expand the company’s capabilities globally and support business worldwide.

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Supply Chain Collaboration to Advance Acceptance of Biobased Technologies By Mike Guggenheimer, CEO and President

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the 11th annual World Bio Markets in Amsterdam. As I met the leaders of the biobased industry and listened to various presentations and panel discussions, I reflected upon the challenges and opportunities that our industry is facing.

One of the main takeaways from the conference, and also the topic of my presentation, is the importance of forming partnerships to de-risk, create speed and maximize value in supply chain synergy.

In today’s world, companies are increasingly turning to business partnerships and strategic alliances to share knowledge and market resources. These alliances can provide access to new markets, technology and other resources, ultimately allowing them to better respond to customer needs.

With growing global regulations and increasing performance demands, it is more important than ever that companies form innovative supply chain partnerships with shared goals and complementary capabilities.

My presentation with Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Novvi LLC, provided an example of a successful partnership between a base oil supplier and an end product formulator, aimed at developing innovative biobased technologies and expanding into new markets. In our presentation, we addressed how we could better respond to end users’ needs, how biotechnology solves the problems and how the partnership aids commercialization through speed, credibility and technical synergy. Together RSC Bio Solutions and Novvi LLC are working to create the next generation of lubricants that will not only meet current and future environmental regulations, but will also offer superior operational performance, improved longevity in field, superior sustainability profile and feasible lifecycle cost. I look forward to our continued relationship and to revealing more details later this year.

As the sessions were going on throughout World Bio Markets 2016, the partnering hub and meeting rooms were full of activity, which is just another testament to the fact that while knowledge sharing and the telling of success stories are key, it is even more important to create a platform for the next wave of partnerships to develop. It became clear that a lot of the same challenges are shared across the industry, a lot can be learnt from one another and there is great overlap in business models.

I would like to end with one of my favorite quotes from the conference keynote speaker that sums up the importance of forward thinking in supply chain collaboration perfectly: "It takes great minds, great partnerships, very forward thinking and a huge amount of innovation to create a success in the bioeconomy."

I look forward to many more future successful partnerships. Please feel free to contact me or a member of my team.

RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® 3068 AND ENVIROLOGIC® 3100 HIGH PERFORMANCE HYDRAULIC FLUIDS APPROVED FOR USE IN MAN DIESEL & TURBO STERN TUBES AND PROPELLERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 19, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced that its EnviroLogic® 3068 and EnviroLogic® 3100 high performance hydraulic fluids have been approved for use in MAN Diesel & Turbo systems. This approval allows RSC Bio Solutions to serve customers who have MAN stern tubes and propellers, primarily in the marine transport, ferry and fishing industries.

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RSC Bio Solutions Expands Series of Biodegradable Lithium Complex Greases

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 29, 2016) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners, recently announced the expansion of its EnviroLogic® 800 series of biodegradable greases. The EnviroLogic 800 series are VGP compliant, biodegradable Lithium Complex greases designed to operate in severe outdoor environments and withstand corrosion.

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Houston Explains Effects of EPA Regulation Mandating Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Dredges

Matt Houston, market manager for marine construction for RSC Bio Solutions, discussed the 2013 vessel general permit and Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants at PIANC’s Dredging 2015. His presentation was entitled “New EPA Regulations for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and their Effect on the Dredging Industry.”

The conference was held at the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, Georgia on October 19 through 22.

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Proving the Performance of EALs through Field Testing

Marine Log The marine industry continues to evolve. In addition to changing equipment needs and trends, thanks to VGP and other regulatory actions, there is an increasing need to utilize safer, more environmentally friendly products to meet industry regulations. In addition to their positive impact on the environment, readily biodegradable fluids and lubricants can result in lower cleanup costs, fewer fines and less downtime – meaning that they can help to lower overall cost of operation while making them an attractive choice for many marine operations.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® 210EP GEAR OIL APPROVED FOR USE WITH THRUSTMASTER GEARBOXES AND THRUSTERS

Charlotte, N.C. (October 28, 2015) – A global leader in environmentally acceptable lubricants, cleaners and absorbents, RSC Bio Solutions recently announced that its EnviroLogic® 210EP readily biodegradable gear oil has been approved for use in Thrustmaster gearboxes and thrusters. With this approval, Thrustmaster has extended its existing relationship with RSC Bio Solutions, whose sustainable technologies are approved for use by Thrustmaster in oil and gas, workboat, deep water, marine and wind construction applications.

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Green greases that work great? Yes

Plant Services Industrial lubrication products, practices, and services are advancing at a rapid pace, driven by regulatory requirements as well as practical business needs. The resulting solutions are cleaner, healthier and more sustainable, and promote equipment cost savings and performance improvements.

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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Lubricants: The Impact of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in Pile Driving Applications

Piling Canada The pile driving industry is at a crossroads. As regulations become more stringent and performance is increasingly paramount, organizations are feeling the pinch to be both compliant and perform at their peak. Equipment failures, spills and leaks are followed by costly fines, cleanup fees and increased downtime—further emphasizing compliance concerns and public scrutiny over environmental impact.

With this changing landscape, organizations are looking for ways to be both fiscally and environmentally responsible. That has opened the door for an emerging category of biobased and biodegradable lubricants known as Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs).

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® HYDRAULIC FLUID AND GREASE APPROVED FOR USE WITH BECKER MARINE SYSTEMS RUDDERS

Charlotte, N.C. (September 29, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in environmentally acceptable solutions: EALs (environmentally acceptable lubricants) and cleaners, as well as highly efficient absorbents, has announced that its EnviroLogic 3032 readily biodegradable hydraulic fluid and EnviroLogic 802 multipurpose, lithium-complex biodegradable grease have been approved for use in Becker Marine Systems rudders.

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The Importance of an Effective Oil Analysis Program

Waste Advantage In order to reduce changeover intervals and extend the life of your equipment, implement an oil analysis program, which is a great benchmark to evaluate your lubricant’s effectiveness.

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The Prospects for Biobased Chemicals When Crude is under $40

Mike Guggenheimer, CEO and President


I typically attend a couple of the major biobased chemical and industrial biotechnology conferences each year. Last year, the mood for biobased chemical companies was somewhat somber with oil prices down from prior years. This year, oil prices are even lower. But, the mood at these conferences was more upbeat. Why?

If you are a biobased chemical player or developing products from biochemical ingredients and positioned as a low cost provider or a “drop-in” technology, then it is likely things have been tough for you. A value proposition based on cost is not holding up well in this environment. Plant and biobased ingredients are not experiencing the same drop in price that we see with petroleum derived ingredients – as a matter of fact, many are increasing.

Despite this, I believe there are several reasons for the more positive sentiment:

Survival of the fittest: as the market for biobased chemicals evolves, companies that weren’t well positioned or that were overextended have faded away or are hunkering down.

Differentiation strategies: biobased chemicals are finding target segments where they can deliver unique value (performance, safety, efficiency, etc.) that petroleum alternatives can’t deliver.

Scaling up: plants are being built and producing volumes that downstream manufacturers need to be able to launch new offerings. The limited sample quantities of early stage companies are fine for skunk works projects, but not a foundation for creating commercialization plans.

Value of stability: some biobased chemical companies are seeing predictable declines in cost based on scale and experience. More mature biobased ingredients may be increasing in price, but the volatility is very low relative to petroleum. Low cost crude can help in the short term, but the large year-over-year swings make product planning challenging and introduces a layer of management effort that is distracting and costly.

End user risk mitigation: biobased chemicals—and sustainable solutions in general—are now seen by many downstream companies, OEMs, and users not as niche, feel-good projects but as essential to long term success given the risk and uncertainty created by rapid climate change.

I don’t mean to pretend that low oil prices don’t impact biobased chemical players. Even with a differentiation strategy based on biochemistry, $40 per barrel crude oil generates a headwind. But the fundamental long term value still exists for many biobased products and far outweighs the per unit cost differences. It is a bump along the road towards an exciting and sustainable future.

Eastman Aviation Solutions Strengthens Commitment to Responsible Care® Initiative Through New Collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions

Kingsport, TN, August 18, 2015 – As news of new EPA regulations face the aviation industry, Eastman Aviation Solutions is striving to strengthen their commitment to the Responsible Care® initiative and provide additional support to customers by announcing a collaboration with RSC Bio Solutions, a manufacturer of high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Together, the two companies will focus on offering products and services to promote safety, responsibility and sustainability for their aviation partners.

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Waste Industry is Coming Around

Mark Miller, SVP of Global Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

While Las Vegas is not my favorite place, Waste Expo 2015 may have been my favorite show.

There was a significant amount of foot traffic with a high level of interest both domestically and internationally. Though the waste industry as a whole is conservative and slow to change - from a best practices perspective in chemical technologies, it is somewhat behind other industries we service - it feels like the industry is turning a corner. Attendees, in general, were much more interested in sustainable solutions and acknowledged that they will soon need or want to move to “greener” technologies.

We featured our GreenSorb® natural clay-based, reusable absorbent as well as our SAFECARE® series of powerful, industrial readily biodegradable cleaners. The simple GreenSorb® product demo in the booth provided the opportunity for some great in-depth conversations. We learned not only were attendees interested in these individual readily biodegradable products, but it turned out they also wanted to hear much more about a bigger sustainable chemical solution that would reduce risks, improve their brand recognition and save them money. As in any market, there is a value proposition that needs to be made and getting true cost of fleet operations and environmental clean-up costs in sync will continue to be a challenge.

This event gave us the opportunity to talk to many different constituents in the supply chain about high-performing environmentally responsible products, including our EnviroLogic® series of lubricants. We found equal interest across the board from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), waste hauling companies, and municipalities. Some of the early adopters had been disappointed by some of the earlier, under-performing biodegradable lubricants on the market. While the technology has vastly improved, most of the OEMs still need to validate the performance of lubricants in their systems. They need to protect their customers, their equipment and their well-earned brand reputation. Some OEMs believed that their applications were too technically challenging for biodegradable hydraulic fluids; they were surprised to learn that the operating conditions they described (pressures, temperature range, seals and elastomers) were totally suitable for either RSC Bio Solutions’ EnviroLogic® 100 series or EnviroLogic® 3000 series high-performance products. All appreciated the preliminary work we have done with haulers and end users, and our history with utility fleets as a “near adjacent” vertical helped displace initial skepticism.

Remarkably, there was real interest amongst this audience in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) which controls effluent of many streams off vessels. Part of the permit requires the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants and cleaners where there is a chance of fluid entering the water. To be considered environmentally acceptable, it must be readily biodegradable, minimally toxic and non-bio accumulating. The general conclusion was that if the EPA was mandating environmentally acceptable solutions at sea, land could not be that far behind.

The waste industry has been slowly adopting a variety of environmentally safe strategies, such as: natural gas engines, hybrid transmissions, and improved recycling protocols. Adding safer, more sustainable lubricant, cleaner and absorbent technologies is a low-cost, and obvious next step – and one that doesn’t require intensive capital investment!

We heard several stories about high pressure hydraulic hose leaks resulting in spraying petroleum oil across entire neighborhoods. Clean-up costs and efforts were expensive and on-going. The environmental exposure, clean-up costs and disgruntled customers could have been greatly alleviated through the use of environmentally safe lubricants, cleaners and absorbents. RSC Bio Solutions can supply the whole package and significantly enhance the waste haulers’ responsiveness. Some in the industry have already recognized the value of such a holistic solution; as for the others, I do believe they are starting to come around!

Early Adoption is your Best Option

Lisa Clark, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

We’ve all heard the saying ‘the early bird gets the worm.’ Applied to business, it’s ‘the first to market owns the market.’ In both instances, we’re referring to an individual or a company that views change as opportunity, not a reason for panic. They embrace ‘new’ – even seek it out – and use it as a catalyst to something bigger than what’s possible today. We call this group the early adopters.

Being an early adopter offers more than just bragging rights. Businesses that are early adopters – especially in the sustainable practices area – reap benefits including brand reputation, competitive advantage, visibility and market influence.

We’ve certainly seen that with respect to our own customers. Across a wide range of markets, from maritime to groundskeeping and utilities to waste management, those who have embraced more sustainable measures have seen numerous benefits. While some were planned, some were happy surprises, they resulted from first or early mover advantage.

Competitive Advantage
Competition is fierce. It pays (both financially and in the market place) to be on the forefront as an early adopter. From a sustainability standpoint, it can be your key competitive differentiator. Staying ahead of the pack is reason enough, and makes a strong business case to invest in emerging technologies. The ‘go first and go big’ game book play is a winning strategy for those in many manufacturing, production and business channels.

Brand Reputation
Building brand reputation is critical. It is based on perceptions of that brand’s character, and it comes from the success (or failure) of a company to deliver on what their brand stands for or promises. Early adoption of sustainable practices offers the opportunity to develop, monitor and protect that brand reputation and to position it in a positive, forward-thinking way to competitors, stakeholders and key audiences.

Visibility
Embracing sustainable practices is a good starting point. Now it’s time to show that you support this category by implementing these practices into your business mantra. By showing your dedication to this category, it allows you to tell key audiences – current or potential customers, partners, investors or peers – that you stand for something bigger than yourself. It will get you noticed. Early adopters are viewed as thought leaders in their circles.

Market Influence
An early adopter implements innovation ahead of the majority. In the life-cycle of innovation, there’s a beginning, middle and end. Whether you realize it or not, your business is a part of this cycle. Starting early in the cycle is imperative. You not only enjoy the return on your investment sooner, but stay ahead of competitors that lag behind in the middle and end of the innovation cycle. Be the one that drives subsequent phases of adoption, not the one waiting to see what the influencers do before you adopt.

Why delay the benefits of competitive advantage, brand reputation, visibility and market influence? Be a leader in your industry and start incorporating sustainable practices into your business now. Odds are high that doing so will deliver operational benefits and potential cost-savings, further justifying your decision to be a sustainability leader. To learn how RSC Bio Solutions can make it easy to go green, visit our website.

Perspective on the Marine Lubricants Demand Study from Grand View Research

Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO

I recently had the opportunity to review the latest Marine Lubricants Demand Study from Grand View Research. I’d like to share some perspective on the study’s findings in the form of five key takeaways, and connect them to what we see at RSC Bio Solutions in this segment.

1. Global cargo fleets and the global shipping industry are both growing, which has a big impact on the marine lubricant market.

First, the macro trend for the shipping industry is very positive. Global cargo fleets and the global shipping industry are growing, which directly impacts the marine lubricant market. As the global population grows and trade interaction becomes more global, it isn’t surprising that the shipping industry is growing. What you might find interesting is the relatively strong growth of seaborne trade, which, according to the study, is expected to remain a key driving factor for global marine lubricants market over the next six years. The study also finds that, over 90% of global trade is done through the sea, a factor which is contributing to disproportionate growth for seaborne trade and related segments. We are seeing the impact of this directly, as demand is increasing for marine lubricants around the world. As a result, we are taking steps to expand our worldwide distribution channels to meet demand for EALs (Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants).

2. There is an increasing dependence on hydraulic mechanical parts in ships.

In addition to the macro growth trend, the study indicates that there is an increasing dependence on hydraulic mechanical parts on ships. As a result of the increasing use of hydraulic systems on ships, Grand View indicates that “hydraulic oil is expected to be one of the fastest growing application segments for marine lubricants, growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 3.4% from 2014 to 2020.” Our experience supports this view—our customers are showing increased demand across a range of hydraulic applications. Often the large propulsion systems and oils for stern tubes get the attention in the marine market, but today’s modern fleets use complex deck side and supportive hydraulic systems from vessels specifically designed to lay cables for offshore wind farms to massive roll-on/roll-offs (RORO’s) with adjustable deck configurations to accommodate everything from a small car to a large helicopter. We also work with some of the largest cruise ships in the world, who have to squeeze a lot of equipment into very small spaces. For all of these applications, the hydraulic oils are critical and, at RSC Bio Solutions, we must be able to demonstrate that our EnviroLogic® fluids will work across an ever-broader range of applications.

3. Global markets – specifically Europe and Asia Pacific – have significant impact on industry demand.

In addition to addressing overall growth in the shipping and hydraulic oil segments, the study also examines geographic growth trends, noting that Europe and Asia Pacific will see the biggest growth in the years ahead. Specifically, the European market, which accounted for 46.2 percent of total demand in 2013, is characterized by high investments for lubricants of different grades coupled with increasing seaborne trade, specially food & beverages and packed foods.

From our perspective, we continue to see strong European demand, but we are increasingly seeing the business grow in the Asia Pacific region. Our products are connected to maintenance events and major dry dock repairs, and the growth in Asia is very strong from a maintenance standpoint.

Grand View notes several additional factors contributing to growth in Asia Pacific:

“Several market participants have been shifting their manufacturing bases to high growth regions of China and India owing to governmental favors in terms of tax benefits and financial incentives. Additionally, the emission standards in Asia Pacific are not as stringent as they are in U.S. and Europe. These micro and macro factors are expected to propel the regional growth of marine lubricants market.”


As mentioned above, we are responding to this demand in several ways. In 2014, RSC Bio Solutions opened a warehouse in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. We have also increased stocking levels of EnviroLogic hydraulic fluids through distribution partners like DistributionNOW in locations like Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and Dubai.

4. Material prices and regulations will remain challenges for the industry.

From my perspective, the more interesting trend identified in the study is around the increasingly complex regulatory environment and material pricing environment. Grand View states that “volatility of raw material prices coupled with stringent environmental regulations for manufacturing synthetic lubricants is expected to remain key challenge for market participants.” What we see is that ship owners and ship management companies are becoming overwhelmed by myriad of regulations in various parts of the world. This was made very clear to me during my recent trip to European Shipping Week in Brussels where many ship management company leaders were quick to share their sense of frustration. As trade routes become broader and fleets are redeployed to new areas it can be a nightmare to understand the regulatory impact. The Grand View study supports this and suggests the following:
“In order to overcome these challenges, manufacturers have been collaborating with bio-technology companies to develop bio-based alternatives conventional marine lubricants. This is further supported by government favors and tax incentives for employing clean technologies.”


At RSC Bio Solutions, we try to act as a consultant in this regard. Through nearly two decades of work with industrial biotechnology and a focused effort to help land and marine fleets address the risk that comes along with regulations, we can provide insight and help. Of course, the changing and increasing regulations are a factor in the growth in demand for our suite of biobased and biodegradable solutions. We believe that the market for biobased and biodegradable lubricants will continue to grow much faster than the overall market as marine operators recognize these products’ proven performance in a full range of maritime applications, paired with their ability to meet global regulatory requirements.

5. The market remains extremely competitive.

Finally, I found the study’s comments about the competitive nature of the lubricant market interesting. Grand View describes the global marine lubricant market as “oligopolistic in nature” and one in which market participants compete on the basis of product development and overall profitability. We would certainly agree that a few firms dominate, particularly regarding engine oils. At the same time, as the market needs shift and the emphasis on reducing risk increases, there is an opportunity for new players and new technology to enter.

The Grand View Research Study offers great insights into the marine lubricant market, and the findings support the focus and efforts of RSC Bio Solutions. We’re committed to making the business case for new technologies that solve problems arising for marine fleets living in a world made very complicated by regulatory change and strong public concerns around environmental safety. We’re here to help you navigate these unchartered waters, so please feel free to contact me or a member of my team.

MITIGATING RISK, REAPING REWARDS - Achieving Sustainable Operations Through the Use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants

Environment Coastal & Offshore The marine industry continues to evolve. In addition to changing equipment needs and trends, there is an increasing need to utilize safer, more environmentally friendly products to meet industry regulations. In addition to their positive impact on the environment, readily biodegradable fluids and lubricants result in lower cleanup costs, fewer fines, and less downtime. This means that they can help to lower overall cost of operation—making them an attractive choice for many marine operations.

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EALs & Oil Spill Remediation

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - The Effects of EALs on Oil Spill and Discharge Reporting and Remediation

In the wake of increased environmental scrutiny and potentially expanding liability issues, oil spill remediation continues to be of great interest to marine operations. While most outsiders think of oil spills in terms of major failures or leaks, more common oil leakage or lubricant discharges from marine equipment result in millions of gallons of oil being released into the aquatic environment each year. Leaks, which are very difficult to prevent, far outpace catastrophic events and result in lost productivity, environmental damage, costly fines and remediation and negative public image.

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Behind the Label: Choosing an EAL

Marine Propulsion & Auxiliary Machinery Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are now essential in US waters, but product labeling schemes are inconsistent, says Mark Miller, executive vice president of business development for RSC Bio Solutions.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ EAL EARNS ADDITIONAL AEGIR-MARINE APPROVAL, EnviroLogic® 802 Approved for Use in PRIME Rudderstock Seals

Charlotte, N.C. (March 9, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a global leader in readily biodegradable cleaners, degreasers and functional fluids, has announced that its EnviroLogic® 802 environmentally acceptable grease has met the stringent requirements for approved use in AEGIR-Marine PRIME rudderstock seals. This approval is an extension of the existing partnership agreement between AEGIR-Marine and RSC Bio Solutions intended to increase the availability of VGP-approved environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for steering systems, stern tube seals and other marine applications.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS ADDS VP OF OPERATIONS, New hire positions company for continued expansion

Charlotte, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2015) – RSC Bio Solutions, a leader in high performing environmentally acceptable solutions that include readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners and natural, clay based absorbents, has added Asuama Yeboah-Amankwah as Vice President of Operations. Yeboah-Amankwah will be responsible for leading operational activities including logistics, warehousing, blending partnerships, purchasing and order management.

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What we learned at the International WorkBoat Show

Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO

As I prepare for my next trip to New Orleans for the Biobased Chemicals Summit, I am reflecting on my last trip there. The International WorkBoat Show in December was another great event. RSC Bio Solutions had our largest presence ever, with a booth and a significant technical presence. We even sponsored the keynote speaker, Captain Phillips, which was a highlight of the show for many attendees. I look for learning opportunities wherever I can, so here are a collection of insights from the show.

• Recent regulations are top of mind. Many operators are still seeking to understand how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulation impacts them. The VGP requires the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants in a wide range of oil-to-water interfaces for commercial, non-military and non-recreational vessels over 79 feet. The focus up to this point has been on the obvious applications, like stern tubes. Work boat operators, who rely less on stern tubes than other systems but also have a wide range of hydraulics and gears than interface with water, are seeking to understand what systems they have that are covered by VGP. Where the regulatory or enforcement protocols are hazy, we still are seeing industry leaders making decisions to get ahead of this regulation. For example, we suspected at the show that the sVGP—which applies to vessels under 79 feet—would be delayed, yet still clients in this space are making fleet-wide decisions to move to Environmentally Acceptable (EA) solutions to be proactive and simplify procurement.

• There is an interest in making the business case for EA solutions. Simplifying procurement is one of many ways work boat operators are looking to justify the effort to switch to a new product. I see more and more players in this space looking to quantify the incremental costs and benefits, which is a very positive development from my perspective. Historically, fleet operators might have brushed aside EA solutions—making assumptions about inferior performance and higher costs. There is now a real willingness to open a dialogue about value. EA solution providers must demonstrate value through improvements in performance, reductions in operating costs, mitigation of risk or a combination of these benefits. EA solutions can reduce clean up costs, mitigate the potential for a bad PR event, extend equipment life and lower operating temperatures, but work boat operators want to do the math. The early adopters have already moved into the EA solutions space, so for those following fast, even if the math works on paper, operators want to see that the technology is proven by others that have used it or by OEMs who have provided a validation of performance.

• Companies are looking for ways to expand their environmental efforts. While some operators are simply trying to understand the regulatory requirements so they can strictly comply, we are seeing work boat operators that have a strategic imperative to move to more sustainable solutions. For us this was made clear in the increasing interest in RSC Bio Solutions’ SAFECARE series of readily biodegradable* industrial cleaners and solvents. Cleaners are seen as an option that combines a quick win from a sustainability standpoint with benefits similar to other EA solutions in reducing cleanup costs and mitigating risk. Also, unlike some hydraulic applications, the risks of switching are almost nonexistent. There are a number of cleaning applications covered by the VGP, but the industry leaders who are recognizing that they can use sustainability as a differentiator look at cleaners as part of a broad-based approach rather than a one-off solution.

• You are stronger than you think. Many of us at RSC Bio Solutions were inspired by Captain Phillips' story. I have long believed that a team who believes in itself can do anything. We are ready to take on 2015 with Captain Phillips' attitude: it’s not done until you quit. With the right attitude and effort, there is no limit to what a team can accomplish.

Best wishes for a winning 2015!

*As per OECD 301B or ASTM D5864

RSC Chemical Solutions Names New President and CEO - Mike Guggenheimer

RSC Chemical Solutions promotes Mike Guggenheimer to lead growing company with a new strategic vision

INDIAN TRAIL, NC —Mike Guggenheimer will assume the duties of President and CEO of RSC Chemical solutions effective January 1, 2015. Mike will be replacing John Huber, who has led the company for the last 14 years. In his new role, Guggenheimer will be responsible for RSC Chemical Solutions, RSC of Canada, Omega Process Solutions and Terresolve Technologies dba RSC Bio Solutions.

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RSC BIO SOLUTIONS’ ENVIROLOGIC® HYDRAULIC FLUIDS, SAFECARE® CLEANERS CERTIFIED SMALL VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (SVGP) COMPLIANT, TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE

RSC Bio Solutions, the leader in high performance, readily biodegradable lubricants and cleaners, announces that its EnviroLogic® Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs), including hydraulic, stern tube and thruster oils, and SAFECARE® cleaners and their constituent components have been evaluated by independent laboratories to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definitions of biodegradable, minimally toxic and not bioaccumulative. RSC Bio Solutions, therefore, certifies its hydraulic fluids and cleaner products as 2014 sVGP compliant.

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Making a Conscious Change: Seaspan Marine’s Conversion to EALs

(Marine News) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Vessel General Permit (VGP), requires that all vessels over 79 feet use an “Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant” (EAL) in oil-to-water interfaces unless technically infeasible. The 2013 VGP revision also requires any above water line hull cleaning or deck washdowns resulting in discharge to be conducted with “minimally toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable” cleaners and detergents as defi ned in the permit. These regulations are further extended to non-recreational or non-military vessels less than 79 feet in length that are operating as a means of transportation through the recently announced updates to the 2014 Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP). With these announcements, it is becoming more and more apparent that the U.S. is leading the way in the adoption of biodegradable products, such as EALs, in marine applications. For multi-national operators, the country in which they operate that has the most stringent product requirements determines their product selection.

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Global Use of EALs Means Global Distribution

Lisa Owen, VP of Sales and Marketing

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its updates to the 2014 Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) for non-recreational or non-military vessels less than 79 feet in length that are operating as a means of transportation. In order to comply with the sVGP requirements, operators must use environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) and minimally toxic, phosphate-free and biodegradable cleaners. These requirements will go into effect starting December 19, 2014, and further extend the reach of the 2013 VGP regulations.

With this recent announcement, it is becoming more and more apparent that the U.S. is leading the way in the adoption of biodegradable products, such as EALs. As these products are critical to marine operations, distribution will play an even larger role in ensuring that quality, compliant products are available.

At RSC Bio Solutions, we’ve taken steps to extend our production and distribution network as the market for EALs has grown globally.

• We’ve signed a partnership agreement with AEGIR-Marine to increase the availability of VGP-approved EALs for stern tube seal applications. As part of this non-exclusive partnership, we will share responsibility for global distribution.

• We’ve expanded the domestic distribution of many of our EnviroLogic® products, as well as SAFECARE® cleaners and GreenSorb® absorbents, through a partnership with Grainger. Additionally, our global market is enhanced by distribution through DistributionNOW locations including Mexico, Brazil, Dubai and Singapore.

• We have entered into a supply agreement with Chevron to provide hydraulic fluids and gear oils, which will be distributed by Chevron as Clarity Synthetic EA Hydraulic and Gear Oils in North American markets and as EnviroLogic® 3000 and 200 series products in European and Asian markets. This collaboration represents an important step in providing technically feasible, environmentally acceptable lubricants to marine operators as they are serviced in ports around the world.

• We recently opened a warehousing facility in Rotterdam, Netherlands—Europe’s largest port—to facilitate the distribution of our EnviroLogic® line of lubricants, hydraulic fluids and gear oils designed for oil and gas and marine applications.

These partnerships and expansions are crucial to meeting customers’ needs for EALs with proven performance. We believe that our product availability now is such that our products are wherever our customers are, but we will continue to seek strong partners to increase the depth and breadth of biodegradable options for operations around the world.

How does availability play a role in your operation’s product selection? How do you see the need for EALs and other biodegradable products playing out on the global stage?

Solutions You Need for Problems You Don’t - Readily Biodegradable Solutions Meet Environmental and Performance Challenges for Pile Drivers

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., RSC Bio Solutions was formed by the owners of Radiator Specialty Company (RSC), a 90-year-old company that houses the LIQUID WRENCH® and GUNK® brands. As RSC’s sister corporation, RSC Bio Solutions is provided with chemical manufacturing, distribution, SAP and ISO quality systems.

In 2013, RSC Bio Solutions acquired a majority ownership interest in Terresolve Technologies, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of readily biodegradable hydraulic fluids, functional fluids and lubricants for both marine and land applications. Terresolve brought with it a stellar, 17-year track record and an extensive lubricant product portfolio. Besides its EnviroLogic® branded technology, RSC Bio Solutions is also the exclusive North American licensee of SAFECARE®, an innovative line of cleaners, degreasers and solvents for industrial markets. The company also distributes GreenSorb®, an easy-to-use, non-leaching, natural absorbent. These partnerships allow RSC Bio Solutions to provide complementary solutions to more customers, while streamlining both the ordering and servicing process.

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