Online training offered for new sVGP rules

The following is the text of a news release from the MARPOL Training Institute:

(MIDDLETOWN, Calif.) — What is sVGP? Effective Dec. 19, 2014, the U.S. EPA’s small vessel general permit (sVGP) regulations go into effect requiring all commercial vessels operating in U.S. waters less than 79 feet in length to regularly conduct vessel inspections, keep records and report any noncompliance with these regulations.

If you are involved with operating commercial vessels in the waters of the USA less than 79 feet in length, then this training is a must for you and your vessel operators. Fishing vessels, workboats, fleeting tugs, charter vessels, small passenger vessels all commercial vessels less than 79 feet in length must comply.

The MARPOL Training Institute Inc. announces the release of its latest product, sVGP 2014-2019 computer based training. This training program is available online at at a very low cost of $35 through Oct. 31, 2014. It is also available as software for installation on your office network or training PCs. To obtain a price quote for multiple seats for this training, please email

Don’t risk having the EPA levy a fine of $10,000 against your company for noncompliance. Learn more about these rules by clicking here. To register your interest and possibly obtain a trial program click here.

We also offer no-cost trial versions of our software to shipowners, managers and maritime education schools. If you would like to request a no obligation trial version of one or more of our programs, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff