Wärtsilä has received an important service level recognition for its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard propeller shaft sealing systems from Lloyd's Register. The recognition of Lloyd's Register confirms that the sealing systems meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) requirements.
In March 2014, Wärtsilä announced that its Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard seal products can continue to utilise mineral oil since they meet the guidelines set out in the US Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 revised Vessel General Permit. As the Wärtsilä Airguard and Wärtsilä Oceanguard seals meet the defined regulatory prerequisites, owners and operators of commercial vessels of over 79ft (24 metres), sailing within US waters with either of these systems installed are not required to change to an Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL).
The Lloyds' Register's service level recognition, received on 22 May 2014, confirms that Wärtsilä's Airguard and Oceanguard are well suited for their intended purpose and meet the US Environmental Protection Agency's 2013 revised Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements of Part 2.2.9 under normal operating conditions.