Passenger Vessel Association                                                  

Vessel operators required to comply with the EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP), and that meet any of the criteria outlined below, must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to EPA beginning June 19 and no later than September 19. (Vessels subject to the VGP are commercial vessels that operate in U.S. domestic waters, 79 feet or greater in length and all vessels that discharge ballast water.)  A new vessel delivered after September 19 must submit an NOI 30 days prior to any discharge. 


You are required to submit an NOI if the vessel is subject to the VGP, and: 

·         Has tonnage of 300 or more gross tons. (Use international

tonnage as listed on the vessel’s U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation.  An older vessel may not have international tonnage; PVA recommends that the operator of such a vessel default to the regulatory tonnage as listed on the Certificate of Documentation.)


·         Has the capacity to hold or discharge more than eight cubic meters (2113 gallons of ballast water).  


How to File a Notice of Intent

 An NOI can be completed and submitted two ways:  

1.                  Via Surface Mail: 

By filling out and mailing in a paper NOI by September 19.  Use this form (PDF 317Kb). 


If you file a paper NOI, please submit the original with a signature in ink – Do Not Send Copies. Also, faxed copies will not be accepted.

 Mail to:

EPA Vessels Notice Processing Center (4203M) USEPA
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460


NOIs sent overnight/express mail:

EPA Vessels Notice Processing Center
EPA East Building, Rm. 7420
1201 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 564-9545

 2.                  Electronically:

 Also, an NOI can be submitted electronically at  After going to this website, EPA will ask you to register with their system by creating a Username and Password. 

 Next, be sure to select SWENOI: Stormwater eNOI from the list of options.

 Next, you will need to select Vessels eNOI.  You will then be taken to the forms that need to completed.  Contact the NOI Center at 1-866-352-7755 with any questions. 

 Background on NPDES 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit (VGP) for discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel is a set of requirements that apply to 26 types of vessel discharges.  Compliance with NPDES requires a vessel operator to include Best Management Practices for each authorized discharge that is generated by a vessel, as well as requirements for corrective actions, inspections, recordkeeping and reporting. 

 To review PVA’s Guidance Manual on the VGP go to the “Member Download Area” of the “Members Only” section of the PVA website. 

To review the VGP in full and its supporting documents, visit [


 Questions? Contact PVA’s Jen Wilk at 1-800-807-8360, ext 24, or [ ]