In December 2013, the United States Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) became effective, requiring any vessel greater than 79 feet to use environmentally acceptable lubricants* (EAL) in all oil-to-sea interfaces.
To support your efforts to comply with the VGP legislation, ExxonMobil offers Mobil SHC™ Aware™ – a full range of synthetic marine lubricant products. These high-performance lubricants also offer outstanding equipment protection, helping you reduce costs and increase productivity.
Additional VGP facts
- The regulations include the Great Lakes and US waters up to a range of three miles from the coast.
- Seals and equipment need to be maintained to regulation standards, with fines for non-compliance.
- Affected marine applications include: stern tubes, controllable pitch propellers, stabilizers, rudders, thrusters, azipods, wire ropes and towing notch interfaces.
- Vessel operators were not required to switch to EAL oils in December 2013 if it was technically infeasible to do so.
- An oil change may not be feasible until the next scheduled dry dock, which may be some time in the future.
- While not mandated by the VGP, the EPA also strongly encourages the use of environmentally acceptable lubricants in all above-deck equipment to further reduce risk to the environment.
*Environmentally acceptable lubricants are defined in the VGP as lubricants that are biodegradable, minimally toxic and are not bioaccumulative.