In a previous post about marine oils, we discussed the Vessel General Permit (VGP)—what it is, its impact on large marine vessels, oil classifications, and more. We also gave some criteria for selecting an environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) that meets VGP requirements. In this post, we’ll recap some of the VGP basics, and delve further into the benefits of using biodegradable hydrocarbon based oils like THRIVE™ Eco.
In a nutshell, the Vessel General Permit (VGP) is a law that requires operators of large, commercial marine vessels to switch from mineral-oil lubricants to the environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) that meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. EALs biodegrade much quicker than traditional mineral oils, and they also have less toxic discharges. That being said, when it comes to complying with the EPA’s Vessel General Permit requirements, not every environmentally acceptable lubricant will work; you also have to consider seal compatibility and VGP criteria.