Reminder to all members:
As required in Part 4.4.1 of the 2013 VGP, all vessels covered under the permit must file an annual report for each year or partial year of permit coverage. The first annual reports for the 2013 VGP are due by February 28, 2015 for vessel activities between December 19, 2013 and December 31, 2014.
The EPA recently released an announcement that their online system is now ready to receive the submission of annual reports.
It is recommended that owners/operators begin to gather the required information for each vessel that has an eNOI in order to prepare to submit and certify the annual report. Some of the information will be readily available by those involved with the technical management and support of your vessel(s) and other information will need to be gathered from each vessel. Any required Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs) are to be included as part of the Annual Report, with one exception being that medium and large cruise ships may have to submit Initial Monitoring Reports for graywater sooner.
As EPA is requiring a significant amount of information to be submitted as part of the annual report, it is recommended not to delay efforts to gather the required information until January 2015.
The US Coast Guard issued an updated version of its “Job Aid” to assist its inspectors and port state control (PSC) boarding officers in verifying compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP).
The relevant document can be downloaded here.
Source: USCG, BIMCO, BRYMAR