Merchant Mariner Credentials: Temporary Procedures, 47238-47239 [06-6978]

Download as PDF 47238 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Becker 202–282–9073 (this is not a toll free number). Analysis Agency: Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary, Private Sector Office. Title: Disaster Recovery Survey of Businesses. OMB Number: 1601–NEW. Frequency: One-time collection. Affected Public: Business owners and managers in region impacted by a disaster. Number of Respondents: 2000 per year. Estimated Time Per Respondent: 15 minutes. Total Burden Hours: 500 hours. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0.00. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintaining): $0.00. Description: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Policy, Private Sector Office will distribute a written survey instrument to business owners and managers impacted by a natural or man-made disaster. Distribution and collection will occur within two months of the event. The survey contains general questions about losses incurred by the business as a result of the disaster, as well as progress made in the initial recovery. All information will be compiled for analysis and reported only at the aggregate level. Results of the analysis will be used to gauge the economic impact of the disaster as well as the effectiveness of recovery efforts. Participation will be voluntary and also provide an opportunity for the private sector to inform the Department of Homeland Security about major issues and concerns with the recovery process. Scott Charbo, Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–13444 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES [USCG–2005–22541] Merchant Mariner Credentials: Temporary Procedures Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of extension of validity for merchant mariner credentials. AGENCY: ACTION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 SUMMARY: On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the coastlines of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Regional Examination Center (REC) at New Orleans, which provided credentialing services to approximately 29,000 mariners in those three states and 14 percent of mariners nationwide, was completely flooded, destroying vital records and equipment and rendering the facility inoperable for a considerable period of time. As a result, many mariners in the area are in possession of merchant mariner’s documents, licenses and/or certificates of registry (collectively referred to as ‘‘credentials’’) that either have expired or may expire before the Coast Guard will be able to process these mariners’ applications for renewal or upgraded credentials. With the authority Congress has granted, the Coast Guard is temporarily extending the expiration dates for credentials of eligible mariners for up to one year. DATES: This notice is effective August 16, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions related to this notice, call Mr. Donald J. Kerlin, Deputy Director, Coast Guard National Maritime Center (NMC), Arlington, VA, (202) 493–1006. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 702 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Public Law 109–241, the Coast Guard is initiating temporary credentialing measures for merchant mariner’s documents, licenses, and certificates of registry for individuals who meet the following conditions: (1) If the individual is a resident of Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, as confirmed by the Coast Guard’s Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation system, or (2) If the individual is a resident of any other State or Territory of the United States, and the records of the individual were— (A) Located at the Coast Guard REC facility in New Orleans that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina; or (B) Damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina. A credential that shows that it was issued in New Orleans, LA, will be sufficient proof that the mariner’s records were located at the Coast Guard REC facility in New Orleans for category (2)(A) above. Because of its international treaty obligations under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, the United States may not extend STCW PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 endorsements in this same manner. Mariners who require such an endorsement must obtain it through the normal procedures as provided in 46 CFR part 10 and 12. The following measures are applicable to all eligible mariners whose credentials, including Coast Guardissued duplicates of lost or damaged credentials, have expired, or will expire, during the period indicated within this Notice. If a credential in a mariner’s possession has expired or will expire between August 29, 2005, and April 1, 2007, and the credential indicates that either the mariner’s home of record is in Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, or that the credential was issued at New Orleans, LA, then that credential, together with a copy of this Notice, will serve as a valid credential until the Coast Guard issues the mariner a renewal or upgraded credential, or for one year from the original expiration date indicated on the credential in the mariner’s possession, whichever occurs first. A mariner who is a resident of any other State or Territory of the United States, and whose credential was issued at a location other than REC New Orleans and has expired or will expire between August 29, 2005, and April 1, 2007, and whose records were damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina, should contact any REC for the procedures to obtain official correspondence confirming that the mariner’s credential remains valid until the Coast Guard issues the mariner a renewal or upgraded credential, or for one year from the original expiration date indicated on the credential in the mariner’s possession, whichever occurs first. In determining their eligibility for an extension of their credentials under this Notice, mariners are encouraged to seek assistance at REC New Orleans, or at any of the other REC’s around the country, a list of which is available through the Internet at http:// www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nmc/web/, and at 46 CFR 10.105 and 12.01–7. Due to the amount of time it currently takes the Coast Guard to process applications, early application for renewal or upgrade will help ensure that mariners receive their renewal or upgraded credential prior to the expiration of the authorized extension. Mariners who visit an REC to obtain official correspondence confirming that the mariner’s credential remains valid, or to conduct any other transaction involving a credential that is within one year of expiration, should apply for a E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices renewal or upgraded credential at the same time. Authority: Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Section 702, Public Law 109–241, 2006 H.R.889, 46 U.S.C. secs. 2103, 7101, 7106, 7107, 7302, 7501, and 7502, and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. Dated: August 11, 2006. C.E. Bone, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention. [FR Doc. 06–6978 Filed 8–14–06; 11:11 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1657–DR] be supplemental, any Federal funds provided under the Stafford Act for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation will be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. If Other Needs Assistance under Section 408 of the Stafford Act is later requested and warranted, Federal funding under that program will also be limited to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. Further, you are authorized to make changes to this declaration to the extent allowable under the Stafford Act. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority vested in the Director, under Executive Order 12148, as amended, Lee Champagne, of FEMA is appointed to act as the Federal Coordinating Officer for this declared disaster. I do hereby determine the following areas of the State of Alaska to have been affected adversely by this declared major disaster: The Lower Kuskokwim Regional Education Attendance Area, the Lower Yukon Regional Education Attendance Area, and the YukonKoyukuk Regional Education Attendance Area for Public Assistance. All boroughs and Regional Education Attendance Areas in the State of Alaska are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Alaska; Major Disaster and Related Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES SUMMARY: This is a notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the State of Alaska (FEMA– 1657–DR), dated August 4, 2006, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: August 4, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. 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I have determined that the damage in certain areas of the State of Alaska resulting from snow melt and ice jam flooding during the period of May 13–30, 2006, is of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant a major disaster declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121–5206 (the Stafford Act). Therefore, I declare that such a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska. In order to provide Federal assistance, you are hereby authorized to allocate from funds available for these purposes such amounts as you find necessary for Federal disaster assistance and administrative expenses. You are authorized to provide Public Assistance in the designated areas, Hazard Mitigation throughout the State, and any other forms of assistance under the Stafford Act you may deem appropriate. Consistent with the requirement that Federal assistance BILLING CODE 9110–10–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 R. David Paulison, Under Secretary for Federal Emergency Management and Director of FEMA. [FR Doc. E6–13436 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA–1656–DR] Ohio; Amendment No. 1 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice amends the notice of a major disaster for the State of Ohio PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47239 (FEMA–1656–DR), dated August 1, 2006, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: August 4, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Magda Ruiz, Recovery Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2705. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the incident period for this disaster is closed effective August 4, 2006. (The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund Program; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services Program; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance; 97.048, Individuals and Households Housing; 97.049, Individuals and Households Disaster Housing Operations; 97.050 Individuals and Households Program—Other Needs, 97.036, Public Assistance Grants; 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.) R. David Paulison, Under Secretary for Federal Emergency Management and Director of FEMA. [FR Doc. E6–13438 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Dockets Nos. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[USCG-2005-22541]


Merchant Mariner Credentials: Temporary Procedures

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of extension of validity for merchant mariner 
credentials.

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SUMMARY: On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the 
coastlines of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The Regional 
Examination Center (REC) at New Orleans, which provided credentialing 
services to approximately 29,000 mariners in those three states and 14 
percent of mariners nationwide, was completely flooded, destroying 
vital records and equipment and rendering the facility inoperable for a 
considerable period of time. As a result, many mariners in the area are 
in possession of merchant mariner's documents, licenses and/or 
certificates of registry (collectively referred to as ``credentials'') 
that either have expired or may expire before the Coast Guard will be 
able to process these mariners' applications for renewal or upgraded 
credentials. With the authority Congress has granted, the Coast Guard 
is temporarily extending the expiration dates for credentials of 
eligible mariners for up to one year.

DATES: This notice is effective August 16, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have any questions related to 
this notice, call Mr. Donald J. Kerlin, Deputy Director, Coast Guard 
National Maritime Center (NMC), Arlington, VA, (202) 493-1006.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 702 of the Coast Guard 
and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, Public Law 109-241, the Coast 
Guard is initiating temporary credentialing measures for merchant 
mariner's documents, licenses, and certificates of registry for 
individuals who meet the following conditions:
    (1) If the individual is a resident of Alabama, Mississippi, or 
Louisiana, as confirmed by the Coast Guard's Merchant Mariner Licensing 
and Documentation system, or
    (2) If the individual is a resident of any other State or Territory 
of the United States, and the records of the individual were--
    (A) Located at the Coast Guard REC facility in New Orleans that was 
damaged by Hurricane Katrina; or
    (B) Damaged or lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
    A credential that shows that it was issued in New Orleans, LA, will 
be sufficient proof that the mariner's records were located at the 
Coast Guard REC facility in New Orleans for category (2)(A) above.
    Because of its international treaty obligations under the 
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and 
Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, the United States 
may not extend STCW endorsements in this same manner. Mariners who 
require such an endorsement must obtain it through the normal 
procedures as provided in 46 CFR part 10 and 12.
    The following measures are applicable to all eligible mariners 
whose credentials, including Coast Guard-issued duplicates of lost or 
damaged credentials, have expired, or will expire, during the period 
indicated within this Notice.
    If a credential in a mariner's possession has expired or will 
expire between August 29, 2005, and April 1, 2007, and the credential 
indicates that either the mariner's home of record is in Alabama, 
Mississippi, or Louisiana, or that the credential was issued at New 
Orleans, LA, then that credential, together with a copy of this Notice, 
will serve as a valid credential until the Coast Guard issues the 
mariner a renewal or upgraded credential, or for one year from the 
original expiration date indicated on the credential in the mariner's 
possession, whichever occurs first.
    A mariner who is a resident of any other State or Territory of the 
United States, and whose credential was issued at a location other than 
REC New Orleans and has expired or will expire between August 29, 2005, 
and April 1, 2007, and whose records were damaged or lost as a result 
of Hurricane Katrina, should contact any REC for the procedures to 
obtain official correspondence confirming that the mariner's credential 
remains valid until the Coast Guard issues the mariner a renewal or 
upgraded credential, or for one year from the original expiration date 
indicated on the credential in the mariner's possession, whichever 
occurs first.
    In determining their eligibility for an extension of their 
credentials under this Notice, mariners are encouraged to seek 
assistance at REC New Orleans, or at any of the other REC's around the 
country, a list of which is available through the Internet at http://
www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nmc/web/, and at 46 CFR 10.105 and 12.01-7.
    Due to the amount of time it currently takes the Coast Guard to 
process applications, early application for renewal or upgrade will 
help ensure that mariners receive their renewal or upgraded credential 
prior to the expiration of the authorized extension. Mariners who visit 
an REC to obtain official correspondence confirming that the mariner's 
credential remains valid, or to conduct any other transaction involving 
a credential that is within one year of expiration, should apply for a

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renewal or upgraded credential at the same time.

    Authority: Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006, 
Section 702, Public Law 109-241, 2006 H.R.889, 46 U.S.C. secs. 2103, 
7101, 7106, 7107, 7302, 7501, and 7502, and Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

    Dated: August 11, 2006.
C.E. Bone,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention.
[FR Doc. 06-6978 Filed 8-14-06; 11:11 am]
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