Small Vessel General Permit: WHAT IS NEW?
The (Small) Vessel General Permit is something you cannot avoid if you are active in the maritime sector. Do you own a commercial fishing vessel or a vessel of less than 79 feet and are you operating in US waters? Then keep on reading – this blog is interesting to you! Did you know that in January 2018 there was a change in the permit? What does this change mean for you as a ship owner? And how can Lagersmit make your vessel sVGP proof? Find out more about it in this blog!
VGP, refresh your mind
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As said before, the sVGP also consists of requirements about engine and oil control. This means that the sVGP mandates the use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-water interfaces (e.g. stern tube seals, thruster seals) – unless technically infeasible. Instead of using EALs, the sVGP also accepts the use of alternative seal designs, such as air type seals.
Our Supreme Ventus® stern tube seal is one of those air type seals that is in compliance with the sVGP. This seal guarantees zero-emissions of oil and is based on Condition Monitoring.
Besides offering VGP compliant sealing solutions, Lagersmit also tests EAL’s to evaluate the compatibility of our Supreme ® lip seals with various EAL’s. Read the blog about Lagersmit’s testing of EAL’s to find out more.