Why are Environmentally Friendly Lubes Important for Vessels?

Posted by John Presti on Mar 5, 2014 9:38:00 AM

There have been a lot of questions regarding Marine vessel lubricants and the VGP regulations on them, so we thought it would be a good idea to lay out some of the fundamentals on the topic. The VGP regulations on vessels requires that vessel operators replace conventional lubricants with environmentally friendly options whenever possible. 

The concern isn't so much spills as normal amounts of lubricants lost in vessel operation, such as from stern tubes. A 2011 study by the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre actually found that routine operational lubricant discharge created more pollution in the Mediterranean Sea than accidental spills did. That's pretty significant!

By using more environmentally friendly products, operators can minimize damage to the environment while still meeting lubrication needs. 

Key issues are if a product is biodegradeable - either readily or inherently, whether its toxic to the aquatic environment, and how much bioaccumulation compounds in the product cause (how much it will build up in living tissue over time). For example, conventional petroleum based lubricants have the potential to bioaccumulate, don't biodegrade well, and can be highly toxic to the aquatic environment. In contrast, PAG, synthetic ester, and vegetable oil based Environmentally friendly lubricants biodegrade readily, have low toxicity to the aquatic environment, and do not bioaccumulate. So in that context, it makes a lot of sense to switch as much vessel lubrication as possible away from conventional lubes. 

In future posts we'll get more in depth on what different products meet VGP requirements, as well as what different parts of the regulation mean to different businesses and vessel types.

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, Lubricants, Marine Lubes, VGP

BioBlend Environmentally Friendly Products for Environmentally Friendly Contractors

Posted by John Presti on Jul 23, 2012 8:10:00 AM

Did you know we stock BioBlend lubricants? Environmentally friendly lubricants for the environmentally friendly contractor.

BioBlend is all about vegetable based, readily biodegradeable fluids. These products are ideal for golf courses, marinas, trash companies, and contractors working near water.

Call now and get 5% off your first BioBlend order! Just mention Lube Updates when you order!

We stock: 

  • AW32 
  • AW46
  • AW68
  • Two-Cycle Oil
  • Universal Tractor fluid
  • Grease

Bioblend Environmentally Friendly Lubricant

Here are the specs for these BioBlend Products:

BioBlend AW Hydraulic Oils

BioBlend 2 Cycle

BioBlend EP2 Grease

BioFlow Universal Tractor Fluid

(For the Specs and MSDS on the full line of lubricants we carry, click here:  Spec Sheets and MSDS )

 

 

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, Lubricants, BioBlend

Where can you find Propylene Glycol? What is this stuff, anyways?

Posted by John Presti on Apr 9, 2012 11:34:00 AM

Well of course I can only think of one place that can cover all your propylene glycol needs and that is Dennis K Burke.  This stuff is the best environmentally friendly antifreeze on the planet.  

Propylene Glycol can be used in all industrial applications including chiller systems, ground thaw units, hvac systems and for food grade applications. We stock concentrate as well as 50/50, 60/40, and 40/60 blends in bulk, 55 gallon drums, and 5 gallon pails.  We are also one of the only distributors that can distribute this in bulk with our dedicated antifreeze delivery truck.

If you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me ([email protected]).

(As an aside: Some customers prefer to have propylene glycol tinted so they can easily detect leaks in their systems, if you prefer tinted product we are happy to oblige, just tell your customer service rep when you place your order.)

So what is propylene glycol, exactly?

Propylene Glycol is basically the alternative to Ethylene Glycol, which is the most common type of antifreeze. Ethylene Glycol works great but the problem is you can't use it anywhere where a leak could come into contact with potable water or food processing systems. Propylene glycol is chemically compatible with ethylene glycol, but far less toxic and that allows it to be used in a broader variety of applications because there is less concern with leaking causing dangerous contamination.

Propylene Glycol is actually in almost everything. Pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol is used in deodorant, soda, pet food, cough syrup, even lipstick.  Industrial grade propylene glycol is used in everything from plastics resins, paint, in dishwashing detergent and obviously as a heat transfer fluid (it drops the freezing point of liquids) - so everything from the electrical components and dishwashing detergent in your home, to the solar panels on the roof of our office contains some level of propylene glycol. (This website's brochure has some interesting info on all the things propylene glycol does Propylene-Glycol.com/Brochure )

If you want to learn more about antifreeze in general, including propylene glycol, this website has a really awesome FAQ section that covers everything you'll ever need to know and then some - from how to know youre using the right stuff to how to recycle it. This link will take you to the FAQ section: Antifreeze FAQs

Again, if you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me ([email protected]). Or you call 1-800-289-2875 to speak to a customer service rep or place an order. Know what you want? Just submit your order online to [email protected]

Have a great day!

 

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, antifreeze, propylene glycol

Oil Eater Truck Wash and Degreaser on Special - Money Back Guarantee

Posted by John Presti on Oct 26, 2011 10:53:00 AM

We're happy to announce that from now til December 31 2011 (while supplies last), Oil Eater Degreaser and Truck Wash is on sale! Oil Eater is readily biodegradable, non toxic, and works great! You can use Oil Eater for almost ANYTHING from parts cleaner to cleaning your shop uniforms after work. The special is for degreaser and truck wash, but we carry a full line of Oil Eater products from sorbent pads and booms to truck wash.  Best of all, if youre unsatisfied with the products performance, you can return the unused portion for a refund. What have you got to lose?

For more info on Oil Eater and to view the pricing specials, click here!

Oil Eater Products

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, Oil Eater, Massachusetts