For ships sailing in US waters, regulations are tightening. DNV GL has devised a verification system to ease compliance and give shipowners and operators peace of mind while saving time and energy.
“It’s not enough simply to achieve compliance,” says Sarah Lasselle, project manager for the verification work. “You have to be confident that the ship will continue to operate under compliance during the entire journey.” For that reason the new US Vessel General Permit (VGP) verification system also focuses on reducing the risk of potentially costly new violations.
The VGP verification service consists of a review of company-wide VGP procedures, if they exist, which are usually based on VGP or environmental best practice documentation. On-board visits confirm that the vessel’s documentation is consistent with the on-board documentation required and that the vessel is operating in compliance with its environmental procedures and VGP requirements.
Systematic approach simplifies, clarifies
According to Per Holmvang, Program Director for Environmental Protection Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, the VGP verification service provides users with a second set of unbiased expert eyes on their documentation procedures. “DNV GL’s VGP verification service can be tailored exactly to the customer’s needs, from a desktop review or workshop outlining VGP changes, to a full on-board and shore review and plan for corrective action, even help and advice on developing a VGP plan from scratch,” he says.
The most recent updates to the VGP include requirements for the preparation of a detailed annual report. The VGP verification service provides a comprehensive review of both VGP procedures and documentation. DNV GL’s new solution includes performing a gap analysis of vessel operations, reporting, and discharge technology to provide answers to the following questions:
- Does the vessel documentation and reporting on board satisfy VGP requirements?
- Are vessel operations in accordance with the VGP?
- Does the vessel have the necessary VGP-sanctioned pollution prevention technology?
- If there are risks of non-compliance, how will they be corrected?
Once the review and any necessary corrective actions have been undertaken, DNV GL provides a verification statement indicating that the vessel’s operations and record-keeping are consistent with VGP requirements. This verification statement also contains a list of the VGP requirements and outlines how the vessel fulfils the requirements.
DNV GL’s Maritime Academy offers a training course on Vessel General Permit.
Source – DNV GL