All vessels over 79 feet operating in US waters must use Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces of the ship and must switch-over before their next drydock. This is a new requirement in the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels in US waters.
The use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants represents a new requirement that implies the proper identification of oil to sea interfaces, oils to be installed and corrective actions to be taken. As a part of the EPA 2013 VGP, non-compliance with the EAL requirements constitutes a permit violation which could result in to fines of several thousands of USD per violation, and consequently the increase of vessel’s operational costs.
LR has a leading position in the regulatory and technical issues associated with environmentally acceptable lubricants. LR’s SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) can share their expertise in the fields of tribology, regulatory and technical aspects of EALs. Since 19th of December 2013, LR has supported more than 90 vessels (LR class and non LR Class) including; LNGCs, chemical tankers, VLCCs, general cargo vessels and bulk carriers. We have obtained in-depth understanding of the topic and reached a top standard support to our client’s business needs.
We have developed pioneering solutions to help stakeholders to comply with this new requirement from providing ship-specific EAL reports and statement of facts to feasibility studies of the products to be used on oil-to-sea interfaces. Our services provide cost-effective solutions for shipowners and help in compiling annual reports for discharges of non EALs.
We can also help OEMs to validate the performance of their products against VGP2013. Our dialogue with the US EPA ensures the new service is aligned with their methodologies.