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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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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