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Further Information - Vessel General Permit (VGP) Training


Who is this course for?

This course is for ship operators, owners and all crew employed on a vessel.

Is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required to complete this course.

How will this course benefit me?

This course is intended to ensure all crew members are familiar with the Vessel General Permit (VGP) regulations whilst in US waters.

How will this course benefit my company?

​The course will ensure that all crew members follow the VGP regulations whilst in US waters in order to protect the environment and mitigate violations of the permit.

What standards are referred to in this course?

The Clean Water Act (CWA)

The Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to The Normal Operation of Vessels (VGP)

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Is there an assessment?


Learning Objectives

• LO1 Identify the overall purpose of the VGP scheme

• LO2 Explain the different types of vessels that the VGP scheme applies to

• LO3 Identify the type of detailed records that all vessels must keep under the permit

• LO4 Identify who is responsible for meeting the Vessel General Permit scheme’s requirements

• LO5 Describe the types of vessel discharges that the permit covers

• LO6 Describe the consequences of a VGP violation


Exam in the e-learning course

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size - none

• Audio - requires device speaker or headphones