Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP)
According to regulation 37 of MARPOL73/78 Annex I, every oil tanker of 150 Gross Tonnage and above and every ship other than an oil tanker of 400 Gross Tonnage and above shall carry on board an Oil Pollution Emergency Plan approved by the Administration.
Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP)
Regulation 17 of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78, requires every ship of 150 Gross Tonnage and above that is certified to carry Noxious Liquid Substances in bulk, to carry on board a Pollution Shipboard Marine Emergency Plan for Noxious Liquid Substances approved by the Administration. Ships to which both regulations ( Reg. 37 of Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 and Reg. 17 of Annex II of MARPOL 73/78) apply, may have a combined plan, called a Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan, or SMPEP.
Vessel General Permit (VGP)
The VGP is a National Pollutant Release System (NPDES) Permit that authorizes, on a national basis, incidental discharges to the normal operation of non-military and non-recreational vessels of 79 feet in length and over. USA EPA requires vessels entering a 3-mile zone to fully comply with the VGP program. Trainees will be guided with respect to EPA requirements for discharging in US maters, to the procedures as per vessel specific arrangements, to the effective and simple record keeping and to easy access and instructions for the Annal VGP.
USCG Vessel Response Plan (VRP)
A vessel response plan (VRP) is a document that outlines what the vessel will do in the case of an offshore spill. VRPs are required by the United States Coast Guard for marine operators that are carrying certain quantities of chemicals and/or refined petroleum products.