Craig Carter has been involved in the promotion of non-polluting bearings for the marine, clean power generation and offshore industries since 1996.
Currently, Mr. Carter is the Director of Marketing and Customer Service with Thordon Bearings, a manufacturer of a complete range of zero pollution propeller shaft, rudder and shaftline products for the global marine market.
He has been involved with Transport Canada’s presentation at MEPC58 and has presented to the IMO at DE56 regarding solutions to eliminate operational discharges from ships.
Prior to Thordon Bearings, he was involved with international marketing at Acadian Seaplants Ltd., a manufacturer of seaweed plant biostimulants, natural fertilizers and edible seaweeds based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and an MBA from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
I have just read another article providing decent information on the Vessel Discharge Evaluation and Review Act in the US (http://www.marinelink.com/news/regulations-lubricant343352.aspx).
Like many articles published today, it is written by someone within the lubricant industry. As it relates to the VGP, these oil-based lubricants ARE pollutants, so I would just like to remind you that there are alternatives to using these pollutants.
Seawater lubricated stern tube bearings are in use, as well as grease free rudders and deck equipment bearings. You don't need to report seawater to the Coast Guard. And if you're not greasing rudder bearings or deck equipment, there is also nothing to report.
Many ship owners are doing this, so don't be fooled by thinking you have to use an oil based lubricant, as this article suggests.