Premium Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants
A growing number of organizations are choosing JAX’s high performing Bio-Guard™ environmentally friendly lubricants, innovative chemistries, and over 65 years of application expertise to help them meet their regulatory requirements and environmental stewardship objectives.
Commercial vessels make an estimated 1.7 million visits to the world’s over 4,700 ports and harbors each year, making them a prime area of focus for mitigating the potential harmful effects of conventional lubricant leakage. Other applications, such as forestry, mining, locks and dams, and agriculture where water or ground contamination is a concern are increasingly switching to lubricants offering superior performance and minimized environmental impact.
Vessel General Permit
The Importance of VGP Standards
Commercial vessel operations remains the single largest utilization of EALs. The fact that 61 million liters of lubricants are leaked into the world’s oceans each year  via operational discharge highlights the need for the environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Vessel General Permit (VGP). To give some perspective, that equals one and a half times the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
The 2013 Vessel General Permit established regulatory standards and definitions for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants for the U.S. Check out the links below for the detailed regulations and definitions.
EPA Vessel General Permit Resources
Bio-Guard™ Product Line
JAX Bio-Guard™ premium EAL lubricants are ideally suited to provide the performance your operation demands while meeting VGP standards for biodegradability, toxicity, and bioaccumulation.
Bio-Guard™ Gear Oils ISO 100 to 460
VGP-compliant EAL biodegradable lubricants made from high viscosity index, saturated, synthetic ester base oils fortified with high performance additives
Bio-Guard™ Hydraulic Fluids ISO 32, 46, 68
VGP-compliant premium biodegradable synthetic lubricants designed to maximize hydraulic performance while minimizing environmental impact
Bio-Guard™ Wire Rope Lube 00
VGP-compliant EAL biodegradable wire rope and cable grease designed to provide excellent rust and corrosion protection while minimizing internal and external wear
VGP-compliant, EAL biodegradable grease for heavy duty marine applications in areas where water resistance and load carrying properties are a primary concern