EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) online course. The aim of this course is to get familiar with the contents and structure of the VGP, as well as the inspections, reporting, and record keeping procedures required for effluent discharge and VGP compliance.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first issued the Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Incidental Discharges in 2008, and subsequently revised it on 19 December 2013, under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA). It defines general effluent limits that should be met by all vessels. To achieve these limits, control measures and best management practices need to be followed. In 2018, VIDA was signed. The VIDA is anticipated and until then, the existing EPA 2013 VGP and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) ballast water regulations apply.
- Understand the applicability, contents and structure of the VGP.
- List the types of discharges that are subject to the VGP.
- Outline what inspections, reporting and record keeping procedures are required for VGP compliance.
- Understand the basic requirements of effluent management.
- Comprehend the effluent limits per discharge type and the best practices for effluent discharge.
Legislation & References:
- Vessel General Permit For Discharges Incidental To The Normal Operation Of Vessels (VGP), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), revised on 2013, under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
Duration: 2 h
Who should attend: All crew
Approval: Liberia, ABS