Vessel General Permit 2013 - Collected advisories - Updated 29th November

2013 VGP & NTVRP Final Rule Update (#20-13)

The attached advisory gives additional information regarding the 2013 Vessel General Permit and the NTVRP Final Rule Resubmission.  It includes explanation of implications of the imminent expiry date of 2008 VGPs on 19th December 2013.

Gap Analysis

The earlier 'Client Advisory' from Gallagher Marine Systems complements their advisory #16-13 from 30 September published on the Club website.  It provides information they have gathered on the differences between the expiring 2008 Vessel General Permit (VGP) and the final version of the 2013 VGP which was released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on 28th March 2013.

The advisory highlights the changes and updated requirements included in the 2013 VGP.  It assumes the reader has an understanding of the existing requirements of the 2008 VGP.  However, Gallagher Marine Systems offer further background information on the VGP system via their general email address - .

ECM Maritime Services - Client advisory on significant changes under VGP 2013

ECM's Client Advisory 12-2013 acknowledges that although much of the new VGP simply repeats the old VGP, there are some significant changes to note.  Their client advisory can be found attached to the head of this webpage.

VGP Fact Sheet - US Environmental Protection Agency

A fact sheet on the 2013 VGP is among the resources that can be obtained from the US EPA's website section on the National Pollutant Discharge Eliminaton System (NPDES).  This section can be found by clicking the link below or pasting it into your browser URL address box.


Industry developments

Polar Shipping

Legal, navigational and environmental resources, news and updates on the development of polar shipping. Read more

US VRP Compliance

With effect from 30th January 2014 non-tank as well as tankships calling at US ports will be required to submit VRPs.  For Club and other resources to assist in compliance click here

International Environmental compliance

Environmental Compliance resource page collates material in respect of International environmental compliance issues affecting our Members. Information from the Club, Loss Prevention and external resources has been collated in one place for ease of reference.

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention enters into force in August 2013 - resources, news & advice on implementation can be found in this dedicated section.  READ MORE

International sanctions

Recent guidance & corresponding material in respect of international sanctions against various countries has been updated with respect to temporary easing of sanctions against Iran.  READ MORE


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