Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL, 20813-20816 [05-8073]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 77 / Friday, April 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations requirements, Security measures, Waterways. I For reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g), 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. I 2. Add § 165.835 to read as follows: § 165.835 Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL. (a) Definition. As used in this section— Cruise Ship means a passenger vessel over 100 gross tons, carrying more than 12 passengers for hire, making a voyage lasting more than 24 hours any part of which is on the high seas, and for which passengers are embarked or disembarked in the United States or its territories. This definition covers passenger vessels that must comply with 33 CFR parts 120 and 128. (b) Location. The following areas are security zones: all waters of the Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship Channel— (1) Within 100 yards of a cruise ship that is transiting shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy (located in approximate position 28°07′50″ N, 88°04′12″ W; NAD 83), and (2) Within 25 yards of a cruise ship that is moored shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy. (c) Periods of enforcement. This rule will only be enforced when a cruise ship is transiting the Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, while transiting in the Port of Mobile, or while moored in the Port of Mobile. The Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative would inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of the enforcement periods for the security zone. (d) Regulations. (1) Under § 165.33 of this part, entry into a security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. (2) While a cruise ship is transiting on the Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, and while transiting in the Port of Mobile, all persons and vessels are prohibited from entering within 100 yards of a cruise ship. (3) While a cruise ship is moored in the Port of Mobile, all persons and VerDate jul<14>2003 15:26 Apr 21, 2005 Jkt 205001 vessels are prohibited from entering within 25 yards of a cruise ship. (4) Persons or vessels that desire to enter into the security zone for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship that is in transit on the Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile must contact the on-scene Coast Guard representative, request permission to conduct such action, and receive authorization from the on-scene Coast Guard representative prior to initiating such action. The on-scene Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF–FM channel 16. (5) All persons and vessels authorized to enter into this security zone must obey any direction or order of the Captain of the Port or designated representative. The Captain of the Port Mobile may be contacted by telephone at (251) 441–5976. The on-scene Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF–FM channel 16. (6) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Mobile and designated on-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel. On-scene Coast Guard patrol personnel include commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard. Dated: March 15, 2005. Steven D. Hardy, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile. [FR Doc. 05–8072 Filed 4–21–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [COTP Mobile–05–007] RIN 1625–AA87 Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones around all cruise ships while transiting or moored in the Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy. These security zones are needed to ensure the safety and security of these vessels. Entry into these zones is prohibited, unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile, or a designated representative. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 20813 This rule is effective from 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005, through May 23, 2005. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket are part of docket [COTP Mobile–05–007] and are available for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Mobile, Brookley Complex, Bldg 102, South Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36615–1390 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant (LT) Maurice York, Operations Department, Marine Safety Office Mobile, at (251) 441–5940. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Regulatory Information On November 12, 2004, the Coast Guard published a temporary final rule (TFR) entitled ‘‘Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL’’ (69 FR 65373). This temporary final rule will expire at 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005. On January 7, 2005, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ‘‘Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL’’ (70 FR 1400). We received no letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public hearing was requested, and none was held. That final rule is being published elsewhere in this same issue of the Federal Register and will become effective on May 23, 2005. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a NPRM, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. It took longer to resolve issues related to the final rule than we expected at the time we issued the last TFR. Because the current TFR expires at 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005, this new TFR is necessary because it would be contrary to public interest not to maintain a security zone around transiting cruise ships in the Mobile Ship Channel or Port of Mobile until the final rule becomes effective on May 23, 2005, at which time this temporary rule will be removed. Background and Purpose On September 11, 2001, both towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists. The President has continued the national emergencies he declared following those attacks (69 FR 55313 (Sep. 13, 2004) (continuing the emergency declared with respect to terrorist attacks); 69 FR 56923 (Sep. 22, 2004) (continuing emergency with E:\FR\FM\22APR1.SGM 22APR1 20814 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 77 / Friday, April 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit or support terrorism)). The President also has found pursuant to law, including the Magnuson Act (50 U.S.C. 191 et seq.), that the security of the United States is and continues to be endangered following the terrorist attacks (E.O. 13,273, 67 FR 56215 (Sep. 3, 2002) (security of U.S. endangered by disturbances in international relations of U.S and such disturbances continue to endanger such relations)). In response to these terrorist acts and warnings, heightened awareness for the security and safety of all vessels, ports, and harbors is necessary. Due to the increased security concerns surrounding the transit of cruise ships, the Captain of the Port Mobile is establishing temporary security zones around all cruise ships while such vessels are transiting the Mobile Ship Channel or Port of Mobile, and while moored in the Port of Mobile. Discussion of Rule This temporary final rule is identical to the previous rule published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2004 (69 FR 65373). The Coast Guard was unable to publish an extension to this rule. However, the practical effect of this new temporary final rule is the same and continues the security zone currently in effect. The Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones for the Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship channel. This rule establishes security zones that prohibits movement within 25 yards of all cruise ships while moored in the Port of Mobile, and prohibits movement within 100 yards of any cruise ship while transiting the Mobile Ship Channel or the Port of Mobile. For the purpose of this rule the term ‘‘cruise ship’’ is defined as a passenger vessel over 100 gross tons, carrying more than 12 passengers for hire, making a voyage lasting more than 24 hours any part of which is on the high seas, and for which passengers are embarked or disembarked in the United States or its territories. This definition covers passenger vessels that must comply with 33 CFR parts 120 and 128. These security zones will be enforced when a cruise ship transiting inbound passes the Mobile Sea Buoy in approximate position 28°07′50″ N, 88°04′12″ W, at all times during transit through the Mobile Ship Channel and Port of Mobile, and while moored in the Port of Mobile. A security zone will exist during each cruise ship’s transit outbound the Port of Mobile and the Mobile Ship Channel. Enforcement of these security zones will cease once the VerDate jul<14>2003 15:26 Apr 21, 2005 Jkt 205001 cruise ship passes the Mobile Sea Buoy on its outbound voyage. These security zones are needed to protect the safety of life, property and the environment in the area. All vessels are prohibited from moving within these zones unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile, or a designated representative. Persons on vessels that desire to enter into one of these security zones for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship that is in transit on the Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile must contact the on-scene Coast Guard representative, request permission to conduct such action, and receive authorization from the on-scene Coast Guard representative prior to initiating such action. The on-scene Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF–FM channel 16. All persons and vessels authorized to enter into a security zone shall obey any direction or order of the Captain of the Port or designated representative. The Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of the enforcement periods for these security zones. Regulatory Evaluation This rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not ‘‘significant’’ under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These security zones will only be enforced while cruise ships are located shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, are transiting the Mobile Ship Channel, and are moored in the Port of Mobile. Once a cruise ship is moored in the Port of Mobile, the security zone will be reduced to only 25 yards. While the cruise ship is moored, other vessels will be able to safely transit around this zone provided they approach no closer than 25 yards. Additionally, while a cruise ship is in transit on the Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile, the Captain of the Port or a designated representative may allow other persons or vessels to enter into the security zone for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship if such persons or vessels obtain permission from the on-scene Coast Guard representative prior to initiating such action. Notifications of the enforcement periods of these security zones will be PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 made to the marine community through broadcast notice to mariners. The impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. Small Entities Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601–612), we have considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the reasons enumerated under the Regulatory Evaluation section of this rule. If you are a small business entity and are significantly affected by this regulation please contact LT Maurice York, Operations Department, Marine Safety Office Mobile, at (251) 441–5940. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104– 121), we offered to assist small entities in understanding the rule so they may better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. Collection of Information This rule calls for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501– 3520). Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and E:\FR\FM\22APR1.SGM 22APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 77 / Friday, April 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. Taking of Private Property This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. Civil Justice Reform This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. Protection of Children We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children. Indian Tribal Governments This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Energy Effects We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under that Order because it is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 and is not VerDate jul<14>2003 15:26 Apr 21, 2005 Jkt 205001 likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211. Technical Standards The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies. This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2–1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation because this rule is not expected to result in any significant adverse environmental impact as described in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). A final ‘‘Environmental Analysis Checklist’’ and a final ‘‘Categorical Exclusion Determination’’ will be available for inspection or copying where indicated under ADDRESSES. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Ppart 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: I PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 20815 PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1(g), 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. I 2. A new § 165.T08–037 is added to read as follows: § 165.T08–037 Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL. (a) Definition. As used in this section— Cruise ship means a passenger vessel over 100 gross tons, carrying more than 12 passengers for hire, making a voyage lasting more than 24 hours any part of which is on the high seas, and for which passengers are embarked or disembarked in the United States or its territories. This definition covers passenger vessels that must comply with 33 CFR parts 120 and 128. (b) Location. The following areas are security zones: All waters of the Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship Channel— (1) Within 100 yards of a cruise ship that is transiting shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy (located in approximate position 28°07′50″ N, 88°04′12″ W; NAD 83), and (2) Within 25 yards of a cruise ship that is moored shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy. (c) Effective period. This section is effective from 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005, through May 23, 2005. (d) Periods of Enforcement. This rule will only be enforced when a cruise ship is transiting the Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, while transiting in the Port of Mobile, or while moored in the Port of Mobile. (e) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.33 of this part, entry into a security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. (2) While a cruise ship is transiting on the Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, and while transiting in the Port of Mobile, all persons and vessels are prohibited from entering within 100 yards of a cruise ship. (3) While a cruise ship is moored in the Port of Mobile, all persons and vessels are prohibited from entering within 25 yards of a cruise ship. (4) Persons or vessels that desire to enter into the security zone for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship that is in transit on the E:\FR\FM\22APR1.SGM 22APR1 20816 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 77 / Friday, April 22, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile must contact the on-scene Coast Guard representative, request permission to conduct such action, and receive authorization from the on-scene Coast Guard representative prior to initiating such action. The on-scene Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF–FM channel 16. (5) All persons and vessels authorized to enter into this security zone shall obey any direction or order of the Captain of the Port or designated representative. The Captain of the Port Mobile may be contacted by telephone at (251) 441–5976. The on-scene Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF–FM channel 16. (6) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port Mobile and designated on-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel. On-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel include commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard. Dated: April 12, 2005. J.D. Bjostad, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile. [FR Doc. 05–8073 Filed 4–21–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [R06–OAR–2004–TX–0002; FRL–7902–8] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Memorandum of Agreement Between Texas Council on Environmental Quality and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Providing Emissions Offsets to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Texas on February 23, 2004. This revision concerns the Dallas-Fort Worth ozone nonattainment area. Specifically, EPA is approving incorporation of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) into the SIP. This MOA commits the NCTCOG to provide the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFWIA) with VerDate jul<14>2003 15:26 Apr 21, 2005 Jkt 205001 emissions offsets in the amount of 0.18 tons per day (tpd) of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and 0.04 tpd of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in 2007, and to adjust the modeled 2015 on-road emission estimates to reflect an increase of 1.17 tpd of NOX and 0.26 tpd of VOCs, which must be accommodated in future transportation conformity determinations. This action is necessary in order for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address requirements under the general conformity regulations for the proposed DFWIA project. The rationale for the final approval action and other information are provided in this document. DATES: This rule is effective on May 23, 2005. EPA has established a docket for this action under Regional Materials in EDocket (RME) Docket ID No. R06–OAR–2004–TX–0002. All documents in the docket are listed in the Regional Materials in EDocket (RME) index at http://docket.epa.gov/ rmepub/; once in the system, select ‘‘quick search,’’ then key in the appropriate RME Docket identification number. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in RME or in hard copy at the Air Planning Section (6PD–L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202–2733. The file will be made available by appointment for public inspection in the Region 6 FOIA Review Room between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays except for legal holidays. Contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT paragraph below or Mr. Bill Deese at (214) 665–7253 to make an appointment. If possible, please make the appointment at least two working days in advance of your visit. There will be a 15 cent per page fee for making photocopies of documents. On the day of the visit, please check in at the EPA Region 6 reception area at 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. The State submittal is also available for public inspection at the State Air Agency listed below during official business hours by appointment: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of Air Quality, 12124 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Wade, Air Planning Section (6PD–L), Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202–2733, telephone (214) 665–7247; fax number 214–665–7263; e-mail address wade.peggy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document wherever ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ or ‘‘our’’ is used, we mean the EPA. Outline I. What Action Is EPA Taking? II. What Is the Background for This Action? III. What Did the State Submit and How Did We Evaluate It? IV. Responses to Comments on the Direct Final Action V. Final Action VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. What Action Is EPA Taking? On January 14, 2004, TCEQ adopted a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between TCEQ and NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council (RTC). At the same time, TCEQ adopted a revision to the Texas SIP to incorporate this MOA into it, and has since submitted this SIP revision to EPA for approval. This MOA commits the RTC to provide the DWFIA with emissions offsets in the amount of 0.18 tpd of NOX and 0.04 tpd of VOCs in 2007 and to adjust the modeled 2015 on-road mobile source emissions estimates by an increase of 1.17 tpd and 0.26 tpd of NOX and VOCs, respectively, in future transportation conformity demonstrations by the FAA. EPA is approving the incorporation of this MOA into the DFW SIP. This action by EPA will ensure that the MOA, and the resulting emission offsets, are enforceable at both the federal and state levels. II. What Is the Background for This Action? The DFW area is a nonattainment area for the air pollutant ozone, and is operating under a SIP to control the emissions of NOX and VOCs, which are ozone precursor pollutants. 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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 77 (Friday, April 22, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 20813-20816]
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[FR Doc No: 05-8073]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[COTP Mobile-05-007]
RIN 1625-AA87


Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones 
around all cruise ships while transiting or moored in the Port of 
Mobile and Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy. These 
security zones are needed to ensure the safety and security of these 
vessels. Entry into these zones is prohibited, unless specifically 
authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile, or a designated 
representative.

DATES: This rule is effective from 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005, through 
May 23, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in 
the docket are part of docket [COTP Mobile-05-007] and are available 
for inspection or copying at Marine Safety Office Mobile, Brookley 
Complex, Bldg 102, South Broad Street, Mobile, AL 36615-1390 between 8 
a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant (LT) Maurice York, 
Operations Department, Marine Safety Office Mobile, at (251) 441-5940.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

    On November 12, 2004, the Coast Guard published a temporary final 
rule (TFR) entitled ``Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship 
Channel, Mobile, AL'' (69 FR 65373). This temporary final rule will 
expire at 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005. On January 7, 2005, we published a 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Security Zone; Port of 
Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, Mobile, AL'' (70 FR 1400). We received no 
letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public hearing was 
requested, and none was held. That final rule is being published 
elsewhere in this same issue of the Federal Register and will become 
effective on May 23, 2005.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for not publishing a NPRM, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), good 
cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register. It took longer to resolve issues 
related to the final rule than we expected at the time we issued the 
last TFR. Because the current TFR expires at 6 p.m. on April 14, 2005, 
this new TFR is necessary because it would be contrary to public 
interest not to maintain a security zone around transiting cruise ships 
in the Mobile Ship Channel or Port of Mobile until the final rule 
becomes effective on May 23, 2005, at which time this temporary rule 
will be removed.

Background and Purpose

    On September 11, 2001, both towers of the World Trade Center and 
the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists. The President has continued 
the national emergencies he declared following those attacks (69 FR 
55313 (Sep. 13, 2004) (continuing the emergency declared with respect 
to terrorist attacks); 69 FR 56923 (Sep. 22, 2004) (continuing 
emergency with

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respect to persons who commit, threaten to commit or support 
terrorism)). The President also has found pursuant to law, including 
the Magnuson Act (50 U.S.C. 191 et seq.), that the security of the 
United States is and continues to be endangered following the terrorist 
attacks (E.O. 13,273, 67 FR 56215 (Sep. 3, 2002) (security of U.S. 
endangered by disturbances in international relations of U.S and such 
disturbances continue to endanger such relations)). In response to 
these terrorist acts and warnings, heightened awareness for the 
security and safety of all vessels, ports, and harbors is necessary. 
Due to the increased security concerns surrounding the transit of 
cruise ships, the Captain of the Port Mobile is establishing temporary 
security zones around all cruise ships while such vessels are 
transiting the Mobile Ship Channel or Port of Mobile, and while moored 
in the Port of Mobile.

Discussion of Rule

    This temporary final rule is identical to the previous rule 
published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2004 (69 FR 65373). 
The Coast Guard was unable to publish an extension to this rule. 
However, the practical effect of this new temporary final rule is the 
same and continues the security zone currently in effect.
    The Coast Guard is establishing temporary security zones for the 
Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship channel. This rule establishes security 
zones that prohibits movement within 25 yards of all cruise ships while 
moored in the Port of Mobile, and prohibits movement within 100 yards 
of any cruise ship while transiting the Mobile Ship Channel or the Port 
of Mobile. For the purpose of this rule the term ``cruise ship'' is 
defined as a passenger vessel over 100 gross tons, carrying more than 
12 passengers for hire, making a voyage lasting more than 24 hours any 
part of which is on the high seas, and for which passengers are 
embarked or disembarked in the United States or its territories. This 
definition covers passenger vessels that must comply with 33 CFR parts 
120 and 128.
    These security zones will be enforced when a cruise ship transiting 
inbound passes the Mobile Sea Buoy in approximate position 
28[deg]07'50'' N, 88[deg]04'12'' W, at all times during transit through 
the Mobile Ship Channel and Port of Mobile, and while moored in the 
Port of Mobile. A security zone will exist during each cruise ship's 
transit outbound the Port of Mobile and the Mobile Ship Channel. 
Enforcement of these security zones will cease once the cruise ship 
passes the Mobile Sea Buoy on its outbound voyage.
    These security zones are needed to protect the safety of life, 
property and the environment in the area. All vessels are prohibited 
from moving within these zones unless specifically authorized by the 
Captain of the Port Mobile, or a designated representative.
    Persons on vessels that desire to enter into one of these security 
zones for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship that is in 
transit on the Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile must 
contact the on-scene Coast Guard representative, request permission to 
conduct such action, and receive authorization from the on-scene Coast 
Guard representative prior to initiating such action. The on-scene 
Coast Guard representative may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16. All 
persons and vessels authorized to enter into a security zone shall obey 
any direction or order of the Captain of the Port or designated 
representative.
    The Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative will 
inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of the 
enforcement periods for these security zones.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This rule is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under section 
3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does 
not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 
6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not 
reviewed it under that Order. It is not ``significant'' under the 
regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS).
    These security zones will only be enforced while cruise ships are 
located shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, are transiting the Mobile 
Ship Channel, and are moored in the Port of Mobile. Once a cruise ship 
is moored in the Port of Mobile, the security zone will be reduced to 
only 25 yards. While the cruise ship is moored, other vessels will be 
able to safely transit around this zone provided they approach no 
closer than 25 yards. Additionally, while a cruise ship is in transit 
on the Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile, the Captain of the 
Port or a designated representative may allow other persons or vessels 
to enter into the security zone for the purpose of passing or 
overtaking a cruise ship if such persons or vessels obtain permission 
from the on-scene Coast Guard representative prior to initiating such 
action.
    Notifications of the enforcement periods of these security zones 
will be made to the marine community through broadcast notice to 
mariners. The impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal.

Small Entities

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have 
considered whether this rule would have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. The term ``small entities'' 
comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are 
independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, 
and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.
    The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities for the reasons enumerated under the Regulatory Evaluation 
section of this rule.
    If you are a small business entity and are significantly affected 
by this regulation please contact LT Maurice York, Operations 
Department, Marine Safety Office Mobile, at (251) 441-5940.

Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we offered to assist small 
entities in understanding the rule so they may better evaluate its 
effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. Small 
businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who 
enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to 
the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and 
the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman 
evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness 
to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of 
the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard 
will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain 
about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

Collection of Information

    This rule calls for no new collection of information under the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local 
governments and

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would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of 
compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and 
have determined that this rule does not have implications for 
federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any 
one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do 
discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

    This rule will not effect a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental 
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) 
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, 
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and does not create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may 
disproportionately affect children.

Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 
because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more 
Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and 
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities 
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a ``significant 
energy action'' under that Order because it is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to 
have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use 
of energy. It has not been designated by the Administrator of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs as a significant energy 
action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects 
under Executive Order 13211.

Technical Standards

    The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 
U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards 
in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, 
through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why 
using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or 
otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical 
standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or 
operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management 
systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus 
standards bodies.
    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not 
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, 
which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and 
have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit 
the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the 
Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under 
figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(g), of the Instruction, from further 
environmental documentation because this rule is not expected to result 
in any significant adverse environmental impact as described in the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
    A final ``Environmental Analysis Checklist'' and a final 
``Categorical Exclusion Determination'' will be available for 
inspection or copying where indicated under ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Ppart 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 
CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; 50 
U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. 
L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security 
Delegation No. 0170.1.


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2. A new Sec.  165.T08-037 is added to read as follows:


Sec.  165.T08-037  Security Zone; Port of Mobile, Mobile Ship Channel, 
Mobile, AL.

    (a) Definition. As used in this section--
    Cruise ship means a passenger vessel over 100 gross tons, carrying 
more than 12 passengers for hire, making a voyage lasting more than 24 
hours any part of which is on the high seas, and for which passengers 
are embarked or disembarked in the United States or its territories. 
This definition covers passenger vessels that must comply with 33 CFR 
parts 120 and 128.
    (b) Location. The following areas are security zones: All waters of 
the Port of Mobile and Mobile Ship Channel--
    (1) Within 100 yards of a cruise ship that is transiting shoreward 
of the Mobile Sea Buoy (located in approximate position 28[deg]07'50'' 
N, 88[deg]04'12'' W; NAD 83), and
    (2) Within 25 yards of a cruise ship that is moored shoreward of 
the Mobile Sea Buoy.
    (c) Effective period. This section is effective from 6 p.m. on 
April 14, 2005, through May 23, 2005.
    (d) Periods of Enforcement. This rule will only be enforced when a 
cruise ship is transiting the Mobile Ship Channel shoreward of the 
Mobile Sea Buoy, while transiting in the Port of Mobile, or while 
moored in the Port of Mobile.
    (e) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in 
Sec.  165.33 of this part, entry into a security zone is prohibited 
unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated 
representative.
    (2) While a cruise ship is transiting on the Mobile Ship Channel 
shoreward of the Mobile Sea Buoy, and while transiting in the Port of 
Mobile, all persons and vessels are prohibited from entering within 100 
yards of a cruise ship.
    (3) While a cruise ship is moored in the Port of Mobile, all 
persons and vessels are prohibited from entering within 25 yards of a 
cruise ship.
    (4) Persons or vessels that desire to enter into the security zone 
for the purpose of passing or overtaking a cruise ship that is in 
transit on the

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Mobile Ship Channel or in the Port of Mobile must contact the on-scene 
Coast Guard representative, request permission to conduct such action, 
and receive authorization from the on-scene Coast Guard representative 
prior to initiating such action. The on-scene Coast Guard 
representative may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16.
    (5) All persons and vessels authorized to enter into this security 
zone shall obey any direction or order of the Captain of the Port or 
designated representative. The Captain of the Port Mobile may be 
contacted by telephone at (251) 441-5976. The on-scene Coast Guard 
representative may be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16.
    (6) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of 
the Captain of the Port Mobile and designated on-scene U.S. Coast Guard 
patrol personnel. On-scene U.S. Coast Guard patrol personnel include 
commissioned, warrant, and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

    Dated: April 12, 2005.
J.D. Bjostad,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile.
[FR Doc. 05-8073 Filed 4-21-05; 8:45 am]
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