Do I need to do VGP tests?

This depends on whether you are planning to discharge any bilge, gray, ballast or scrubberwash –water when in USA´s waters. If yes, then you have to show that your discharged effluent does not exceed the VGP set limits. 

Why does sailing to the USA require VGP testing?

The USA have created discharge standards to keep their coastal waters clean, therefore all vessels sailing to USA waters must show that they do not exceed the limits as described in the VGP legislation. 

What is VGP testing?

VGP testing stands for Vessel General Permit. It is American legislation for discharge standards for Oily water separators (Bilge), Gray water, Ballast water systems and Scrubber installations. 

What does VIDA mean?

In 2022 the VGP will be replaced by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA). Although the expectation is that this will be very similar to the present VGP, it is not sure yet how this exactly will look like in terms of sampling and analyses and intervals.

What types of VGP tests do we do?

 MEA-nl can conduct analyses on your ballast water, grey water, bilge water and scrubber wash water in the Le Havre – Hamburg range.