The United States Environmental protection Agency (EPA) have announced that they will not be reissuing the 2013 VGP until Spring 2019.
In its latest communication, the EPA warns that after the expiration of the current VGP on 18 December no further permits can be issued and recommends ships apply for a permit under existing system before that date. They advise:
For vessels covered by the permit as of December 18, 2018: Coverage will continue. We recommend owners/operators of vessels double-check that their vessels have active Notices of Intent (NOIs) or Permit Authorization and Record of Inspection (PARI), as appropriate, prior to the December 18, 2018 permit expiration date.
You can use the online public search tool available at: https://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/vgpenoi/f?p=vgp:Search to identify vessel NOI status. Updates to any NOIs submitted prior to December 18, 2018 (e.g., updates to owner/operator information) can still be made after December 18, 2018.
For vessels currently without permit coverage: Because coverage under the VGP cannot be obtained after the permit’s expiration date, EPA strongly encourages owners/operators of eligible vessels currently without permit coverage to seek it prior to December 18, 2018. Such eligible vessels include vessels that are currently under construction or that have not previously operated in US waters.
For information about how to apply for a VGP and eligibility requirements, visit https://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels-vgp.
Contact the VGP via email at email@example.com