The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length through the Vessel General Permit (VGP). It covers 27 operational discharges such as bilgewater, graywater and ballast water BUT for sewage, which is regulated under the Clean Water Act.

  • Final 2013 Vessel General Permit: includes information on coverage, effluent limits and requirements, corrective actions, inspections / monitoring / reporting /recordkeeping, vessel-class specific requirements and specific requirements for individual states.
  • Final 2013 Vessel General Permit – Fact Sheet: this document has been designed to provide additional information in order to assist compliance with the permit requirements.
  • Vessel General Permit eNOI System: direct link to the eNOI system to submit documents required under the Vessel General Permit.