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Vessel Deconstruction General Permit

The Vessel Deconstruction General Permit (VDGP) is a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit that regulates the deconstruction of vessels. Through this permit, we implement the federal Clean Water Act and State Water Pollution Control Act.

Do I need a permit?

You are required to obtain coverage under the vessel deconstruction permit for any deconstruction activities involving dismantling any portion of a vessel hull, topside, or superstructure while the vessel is over water, on a drydock, or on a barge.

Deconstruction activities conducted within a facility already covered by an individual or other applicable general NPDES permit for this work do not require coverage under the vessel deconstruction permit. You are not required to obtain coverage under this permit for activities related to vessel retrieval.

This permit went into effect on Dec. 1, 2014 and expires Nov. 30, 2019.

Purpose of the permit

Older vessels near the end of their life-cycle pose significant risks to public health, safety, and the environment. Because the decommission and disposal of these vessels is a high priority, we have developed and issued this general permit to create additional options for deconstruction of vessels.

This permit does not replace individual permits or general permits issued to shipyards and boatyards under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) that also permits vessel deconstruction activities.

How do I become permitted?

If your operations require permit coverage under the Vessel Deconstruction General Permit you must:

  • Submit a permit application for coverage at least 60 days before discharging water from deconstruction activities.
  • Meet all associated public notice requirements.

What pollution does the permit control?

The vessel deconstruction permit primarily conditions the discharge of stormwater associated with vessel deconstruction activities.

Common stormwater contaminants from vessel deconstruction can include:

  • Oil and grease
  • pH
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Zinc
  • Suspended Solids

Additionally, the permit conditions the discharge of dry-dock floodwater and non-stormwater discharges.

The vessel deconstruction permit prohibits the discharge of the following during vessel deconstruction activities, including:

  • Pressure wash wastewater
  • Hydraulic fluid
  • Oily wastes
  • Gray water
  • Ship sanitary waste
  • Solvents
  • Industrial stormwater or process water from piers and docks
  • Other dangerous wastes

Vessel deconstruction general permit

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Notice of intent for coverage (application)

For guidance about applying, changing, or implementing and complying with your stormwater permit, see stormwater guidance. We also give help with discharge monitoring reports (DMRs).


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