Vessel General Permit

Training course covering the VGP training requirements for vessel operators and shipboard personnel.

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  • Category:

    Environmental Protection


To become familiar with the sound management of the potential discharges from their vessels and the proper implementation of the applicable federal and state requirements.

Entrance regulations

Good knowledge of the normal operation and maintenance of a vessel and of management systems used in the shipping industry

Who should attend:
Shore-based ship management staff, particularly those involved in the environmental management and operation of a vessel, Masters, Officers and crew of vessels trading in US

Duration: 0,5 days

From December 19th 2013 new VGP requirements came into force. This course covers the VGP training requirements for vessel operators and shipboard personnel involved in the management and control of the eligible discharges.
The course provides detailed information on the requirements of the Vessel General Permit (2013 VGP) issued by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) to regulate discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels trading in US waters. The permissible effluent limits and the corresponding best management requirements for any type of controlled discharge are thoroughly presented to help participants identify which of them are eligible for coverage in their vessels and to what extent their existing maintenance and management systems comply with them.
The inspections/monitoring requirements as well as the reporting/recordkeeping procedures are analysed and practical case studies are used to demonstrate how to develop a company/vessel roadmap that is compliant with the complex VGP requirements.

The course focuses on:

  • Discharge effluent limits and best available management practices
  • Planning and conducting inspections and monitoring
  • NPDES required Documentation and Records
  • Vessel class specific requirements

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