The following paragraphs are extracts from:  http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/vessels/upload/vgp_permit2013.pdf



From 2.1.6 General Training:


All owner/operators of vessels must ensure that the master, operator, person-in-charge, and crew members who actively take part in the management of incidental discharges or who may affect those discharges are adequately trained in implementing the terms of this permit. In addition, all owner/operators of vessels must ensure appropriate vessel personnel be trained in the procedures for responding to fuel spills and overflows, including notification of appropriate vessel personnel, emergency response agencies, and regulatory agencies. This training need not be formal or accredited courses; however, it is the vessel owners/operators’ responsibility to ensure these staff are given the necessary information to conduct shipboard activities in accordance with the terms of this permit.


Vessel owners/operators must also meet all training-related recordkeeping requirements of Part 4.2 of this permit. 


From 2.2.3.1 Training (subsection of 2.2.3 Ballast Water):


All owner/operators of vessels equipped with ballast water tanks must train the master, operator,  person-in-charge, and crew members who actively take part in the management of the discharge or who may affect the discharge, on the application of ballast water and sediment management and treatment procedures. As part of Ballast Water Management Plans under 2.2.3.2, a standalone training plan, or other recordkeeping documentation, owner/operators must maintain a written training plan describing the training to be provided and a record of the date of training provided to each person trained. Persons required to be trained must be trained promptly upon installation of treatment technology and in the event of a significant change in ballast water treatment practices or technology.


Section 4.2 Record Keeping includes the following clause: 


11. Record of training completed as required by this permit, and where applicable,  strategy for passenger training. For purposes of this part, if vessel owners/operators include their training plans as part of their ISM or similar environmental management plans, and they can document that they fully implement those plans, they will meet the recordkeeping requirements of this part. 


Section 5 includes Vessel-Class-Specific Educational and Training Requirements by class:


e.g. Section 5.2 is for Medium Cruise Ships (authorized to carry 100 to 499 people for hire)


The crews of cruise ships play a key role in minimizing the discharge of pollutants from cruise ship operations and passengers. Therefore, cruise ship operators are responsible for providing the following educational and training requirements to ship personnel: 

  • The ship’s crew members who actively take part in the management of the discharge or who may affect the discharge must receive training regarding shipboard environmental procedures and must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures; 
  • Advanced training in shipboard environmental management procedures must be provided for those directly involved in managing specific discharge types or areas of the ship and these crew members must be able to demonstrate proficiency in implementing these procedures; and 
  • Appropriate reprimand procedures must be developed for crew whose actions lead  to violations of any effluent limit set forth in this permit or procedures established by the cruise ship operator to minimize the discharge of pollutants. 

Cruise ships must also educate passengers on their potential environmental impacts. The goals of  these education efforts must include preventing trash from entering any waste stream, eliminating the addition of unused soaps, detergents, and pharmaceuticals to the graywater or blackwater systems, and minimizing production of graywater. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, posting signage and informational material in guestrooms and common areas, incorporating environmental information passenger orientation presentations or packages at the start of cruises, incorporating this information into additional lectures and seminars, or broadcasting information via loudspeakers. 


Vessel owner/operators must also meet all training-related recordkeeping requirements of Part 4.2 of this permit.