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Eco-compatible open gear lubricant

New Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL) offers high wear protection even at low temperaures

, Munich

For manufacturers and operators of anchor winches, jack-up systems and other on-board equipment with open drives and in contact with sea water, Klüber Lubrication developed the new grease Klüberbio LG 39-701 N. The lubricant's good low-temperature behaviour enables operation of open drives also in areas with very low ambient temperatures down to minus 30 °C. Special additves reduce wear and extend the components's service life. By spraying the lubricant, consumption can be considerably reduced compared to conventional application methods. The new high-temperature lubricant complies with the requirements of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL) as defined in Appendix A of the 2013 Vessel General Permit.

"The high-viscosity base oil of Klüberbio LG 39-701 N comes from 100 % renewable resources and is easily biodegradable," explains Dirk Fabry, Business Development Manager Marine Industry at Klüber Lubrication. "This means that there is a considerably lower impact on the environment in the event of leakage or contact with sea water. Moreover, relubrication intervals are extended due to the excellent adhesion and water resistance of the new operational lubriocant. This cuts costs and is beneficial to the environment."

Klüberbio LG 39-701 N has been primarily designed for the lubrication of open drives, anchor winches, pinions and racks of jack-up systems as well as low-speed plain bearings in AHTS vessels or rudder systems. The new grease has already been approved by some manufacturers, e.g. by a leading manufacturer of spray appliances for jack-up systems, for the lubrication of support bearings for ice-resistant thrusters or for the corrosion protection of hubs in FP propellers.

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