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USA – Vessel General Permit (VGP) Manual

A manual to provide guidance for compliance with the requirements of VGP in US VGP applicable waters

Regulatory Reference: USA EPA NPDES, VGP Program

Regulatory Reference


USA EPA requires vessels entering a 3-mile zone into every US land to fully comply with the VGP program. Scope of this plan is to provide guidance on compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Ships. Plan is developed in line with EPA VGP and common marine practice. Plan Approval by the Administration or a Recognised Organisation (RO) on behalf of the Administration NOT mandatory, however manual may be examined by attending USCG inspectors on behalf of the EPA.

Initiative Contents

  • Discharging Effluent Limits
  • Corrective Actions
  • Inspection, Monitoring & Record Keeping
  • EPA Regional Contacts
  • State Specific Requirements
  • Definitions
  • Protected Waters
  • EPA Forms & Instructions
  • VGP Forms To Be Used

Info/Plans Required

  • Ship Specific Information (Questionnaire to be submitted)
  • Vessel’s Applicable Effluences


  • Master will have a guidance with respect to EPA requirements for discharging in US waters
  • Procedures as per vessel specific arrangements
  • Effective and simple record keeping
  • Easy access and instructions for the Annual VGP report
  • Already inspected by most USCG Port regions

We will Ensure

  • Full compliance with national and international regulations and common marine practice
  • Real life documentation addressed to senior officers and crew onboard
  • Full integration of any client specific requirements
  • Full support provided after development in line with our Document Support Policy

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