Vessel General Permit (VGP)

Fairwater Education 1 hour and 9 minutes

The Vessel General Permit (VGP) is applicable to discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, under which vessels are authorised to discharge effluent within US waters. It is a system of environmental regulation designed to reduce pollution by vessels visiting US ports or operating in US waters. Obtaining and complying with the permit can be challenging, as individual states can establish additional water quality standards that are included in the VGP.

During this course, you will understand the Vessel General Permit (VGP) and the reasons for the introduction of the VGP. You will learn the start and end coverage under the VGP and the discharges regulated by it. You will also learn what monitoring, inspection, recording and reporting are required by the VGP and the procedure following a non-compliance.



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Fairwater Education

Fairwater Education provides expertise in education, specialising in all aspects of maritime education and training needs across the sector. With experience across all educational settings, Fairwater Education aims to support the development of all individuals and organisations wishing to engage with continuous professional development. In order to achieve this, our team includes qualified and experienced educators, maritime industry backgrounds, qualifications to Masters Level and professional body Fellowships.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 1 hour and 9 minutes
  5. Intended for: Any officer who may be responsible for the discharge of ballast on board a vessel that operates in US waters.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of the VGP which supplements the discharge requirement of MARPOL (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973/78),