Celebrating 20 years of EALs
R&D into marine EALs began
Vickers Oils first identified the potential demand for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (“Bio-Lubes”) and began developing and testing various formulas in our Research Laboratory in Leeds. This was followed by extensive testing and five years’ sea trials.
Pioneered into the marine market with the first sterntube EAL
Vickers Oils launched the first commercially available products to the global marine industry, with the range of HYDROX BIO sterntube and thruster lubricants.
Awarded for its contribution towards protecting the marine environment.
Vickers Oils are awarded the prestigious ‘Seatrade Award for Protection of Maritime and Atmospheric Environment’ at an award ceremony in London.
Introduction of ECOSURE HSE to the marine industry
Following the success of our HYDROX BIO range, further product research and development resulted in the introduction of ECOSURE HSE, a range of biodegradable hydraulic fluids proven to provide superior performance when compared to similar mineral based hydraulic fluids.
Biodegradable range of greases and gear oils
Launched the biodegradable range of greases and gear oils, the BIOGREASE EP2 and BIOGEAR XP.
With the marine industry recognising the need for Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants the number of shipping companies using our products had grown significantly and resulted in us reaching the milestone of supplying the 1,000th vessel.
Our EAL products were certified as VGP compliant.
Eleven years after 2002, the use of EALs in below-the-waterline equipment was mandated for vessels calling in US waters by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in its 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and our EALs were certified as VGP compliant.
ECOSURE EAF added to our EAL range
As the result of growing demand we extended the range of our Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants to include the ECOSURE EAF range.
Opened the new state-of-the-art laboratory
To support our continuous research and development of Environmentally acceptable lubricants, we invested in the state-of-the-art R&D laboratory, 3.5 times larger than the previous laboratory.
Service & Support
30% of our workforce are employed in the technical team, focusing on Quality Control, R&D, OEM liaison and Technical Service allowing us to provide one-on-one dedicated customer support by our team of highly qualified experts.