Unique Plant-Based Hydrocarbon EAL Launched

Ship Efficiency Review

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

Marine Propulsion

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

Marine Link

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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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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