VGP update from the EPA

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The United States Environmental protection Agency (EPA) have announced that they will not be reissuing the 2013 VGP until Spring 2019.

In its latest communication, the EPA warns that after the expiration of the current VGP on 18 December no further permits can be issued and recommends ships apply for a permit under existing system before that date. They advise:

For vessels covered by the permit as of December 18, 2018: Coverage will continue. We recommend owners/operators of vessels double-check that their vessels have active Notices of Intent (NOIs) or Permit Authorization and Record of Inspection (PARI), as appropriate, prior to the December 18, 2018 permit expiration date.

You can use the online public search tool available at: https://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/vgpenoi/f?p=vgp:Search to identify vessel NOI status. Updates to any NOIs submitted prior to December 18, 2018 (e.g., updates to owner/operator information) can still be made after December 18, 2018.

For vessels currently without permit coverage: Because coverage under the VGP cannot be obtained after the permit’s expiration date, EPA strongly encourages owners/operators of eligible vessels currently without permit coverage to seek it prior to December 18, 2018. Such eligible vessels include vessels that are currently under construction or that have not previously operated in US waters. 

For information about how to apply for a VGP and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels-vgp.

Contact the VGP via email at vgp@epa.gov

Peter Vickers Presents at the 3rd North American Industrial Lubricants Congress, Chicago.

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Peter Vickers

On September 19 2018, Peter Vickers was invited to speak at the 3rd North American Industrial Lubricants Congress in Chicago USA.

This years North American congress delved deep into developments in digitalisation and the challenges and opportunities this presents to the industry.

Among the important issues discussed were, current economics of the North American industrial lubricants market, base oil supply and demand dynamics, supporting the growth of sustainable finished lubricants, synthetic lubricants and round-table discussions on insights into the food grade, marine, rail and construction industries.

Peters presentation entitled ‘IMPACT OF REGULATIONS ON MARINE LUBRICANT FORMULATIONS’ explored the environmental regulations, particularly regarding emissions to air and water which, over a ten-year period, have been transforming the shipping industry and impacting marine lubricant suppliers, and aimed to provide clarity on the following topics:

  • The marine industry overview
  • The marine lubricants market overview
  • The 2013 VGP in context
  • CO2 emissions
  • NOx emissions
  • Sox emissions
  • Ballast water environmental concerns
  • What is the VGP and why does it matter?
  • Impacts and consequences of the VGP

The presentation was very exceptionally well received and Peter was voted one of the top-rated speakers of the event. Peters presentation was regarded engaging and delegates commented that it was an absolute pleasure to listen to.

Click here to read a write up of Peters presentation, featured on the Lubes ‘n’ Greases website.