612 - 12/08 - US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements - USA

From 19 December 2008, all commercial vessels, except commercial fishing vessels, of 79 feet (24.08 meters) in length or greater with discharges of pollutants incidental to their normal operation, including but not limited to ballast water discharges, into the US three mile territorial sea or inland waters will become subject to the EPA final Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements [see Club circular 16/08].  Members whose vessels will be calling at US ports after this date are recommended to begin development of a compliance programme based upon the requirements found in the EPA proposed VGP.


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