Environmental Responsibility MattersThe world depends on its oceans. For the marine industry, they represent a way to transport raw materials, goods and people around the globe. For the planet, they regulate the earth's climate and provide a home for millions of species.
The scale of the challengeThe marine industry has a responsibility to protect the oceans on which it operates.
Many types of lubricants, hydraulic fluids and greases are used in shipping and offshore. These are vital to the safe and reliable operation of equipment, but their use can result in them being discharged, spilled or washed into the sea. Conventional lubricants are a mixture of mineral oil and additives, which may be up to 30% of the total content. Most mineral oils degrade slowly and many of the functional additives in normal lubricants are both persistent and toxic towards marine life and some may bioaccumulate, which can lead to toxins building up in the fatty tissue of different species throughout the food chain – becoming concentrated at high levels in marine mammals such as seals, whales and polar bears.