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.

Bio-Guard™ Applications

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.

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Port Operations

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Water Control




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.

Readily Biodegradable

JAX Bio-Guard™ lubricants include a synthetic ester base with a greater inherent biodegradation rate than mineral oils or polyalkylene glycols

Low Toxicity

JAX Bio-Guard™ lubricants utilize carefully selected additive packages that offer excellent performance and low toxicity to aquatic organisms

Low Bioaccumulation

JAX Bio-Guard™ base oil and additive packages result in low bioaccumulation potential within the tissues of an organism

Vessel General Permit Standards

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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 [1] 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

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