Pipeline Safety: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring Records on Offshore Floating Facilities., 38024-38025 [E8-14953]

Download as PDF 38024 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 2, 2008 / Notices this notice. Renewal of the exemption will enable these 11 drivers to continue to operate CMVs as part of a team of drivers to develop, design and/or test engines for vehicles that will be manufactured, assembled, sold or primarily used in the United States. The drivers are: Shiro Fukuda, Wataru Kumakura, Takehito Yaguchi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Toshiya Asari, Shintaro Moroi, Masaru Otsu, Satoru Amemiya, Tsuyoshi Koyama, Nobuyuki Miyazaki, and Hiroyoshi Takahashi. These drivers are a team of Isuzu engineers and technicians who operate CMVs in the United States to test and evaluate production and prototype CMVs to be sold for use on U.S. highways. Isuzu estimates that each driver will drive approximately 5,000 miles per year on U.S. roads. The drivers have valid Japanese-issued CDLs and are experienced CMV operators. Each of the drivers satisfied strict standards in order to obtain a CDL in Japan, and each has extensive CMV training and experience. Isuzu believes that the drivers will continue to achieve a level of safety equivalent to the level of safety that would be obtained absent the exemption. Isuzu states in its application for exemption that none of these drivers received any traffic citations or was involved in any accidents from the inception of the exemption on October 16, 2003, through the date of this application for renewal. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Method To Ensure an Equivalent or Greater Level of Safety Drivers applying to obtain a Japaneseissued CDL must successfully pass a knowledge test and a skills test before a license to operate a CMV is issued. Prior to taking the tests, drivers are required to hold a conventional driver’s license for at least three years. Thus, the requirements of a Japanese-issued CDL are considered comparable to, or at least as effective as, the requirements of 49 CFR part 383. The process of licensure in Japan assesses the driver’s ability to operate a CMV in a manner comparable to the process of licensure employed by States of the United States. A driver granted a Japanese CDL may legally operate any CMV permitted on the roads of Japan; there are no limits on the type or weight of vehicles that may be operated by CMV drivers. Request for Comments In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(4) and 31136(e), FMCSA requests public comment on Isuzu’s request for renewal of the exemption of these 11 CMV drivers from the requirements of 49 CFR 383.23. The Agency requests that interested parties VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:51 Jul 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 with specific data concerning the safety record of drivers listed in this notice submit comments by August 1, 2008. FMCSA will review all comments received by close of business on this date. To the extent practicable, the Agency will consider comments received in the public docket after this date. Comments will be available for examination in the docket as described in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Issued on: June 26, 2008. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Development. [FR Doc. E8–14995 Filed 7–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration Reports, Forms and Recordkeeping Requirements; Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection abstracted below has been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The nature of the information collection is described as well as its expected burden. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on February 22, 2008, and comments were due by April 22, 2008. No comments were received. DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 1, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean McKeever, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–366–5737; or e-mail: jean.mckeever@dot.gov. Copies of this collection also can be obtained from that office. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Maritime Administration (MARAD). Title: Title XI Obligation Guarantees. OMB Control Number: 2133–0018. Type of Request: Extension of currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals/ businesses interested in obtaining loan guarantees for construction or reconstruction of vessels as well as businesses interested in shipyard modernization and improvements. PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Forms: MA–163, MA–163A. Abstract: In accordance with the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, MARAD is authorized to execute a full faith and credit guarantee by the United States of debt obligations issued to finance or refinance the construction or reconstruction of vessels. In addition, the program allows for financing shipyard modernization and improvement projects. Annual Estimated Burden Hours: 280 hours. Addressees: Send comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention MARAD Desk Officer. Comments Are Invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Authority: 49 CFR 1.66. Issued in Washington, DC on June 26, 2008. Murray Bloom, Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. E8–15017 Filed 7–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket ID PHMSA–2008–0162] Pipeline Safety: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring Records on Offshore Floating Facilities. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin. AGENCY: SUMMARY: To remind owners and operators of the importance of retaining inspection, maintenance, and monitoring records for dynamic risers located on offshore floating facilities. E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 2, 2008 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Komiskey at 202–366–3169, or by e-mail to Elizabeth.Komiskey@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background A recent natural gas leak from a steel catenary export riser in the Gulf of Mexico created significant and unexpected risk, as well as major supply disruption. Though a root cause analysis of this incident is not yet complete, visual inspection by divers has determined that the source of the leak was a flexible joint on the riser. PHMSA regularly monitors pipeline incidents and operator performance nationwide and responds as incident trends necessitate, through an array of regulatory measures including advisory bulletins. In 2004, another offshore riser flexible joint failure resulted in a small oil spill. Subsequent preemptive visual inspections performed on other steel catenary riser flexible joints in the Gulf of Mexico discovered damage to the elastomeric seal area near the rotating ball and drove the replacement of four flexible joints. The flexible joint riser failures described above have created potential safety risks on floating production facilities, and have impacted delivery of energy supplies from the Gulf of Mexico. The national consensus standard for dynamic risers, American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 2RD, is currently under revision. The revised version will directly address concerns raised in this Advisory Bulletin by including guidance for integrity management of dynamic risers. PHMSA will consider adopting the revised standard into its regulations for both natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Advisory Bulletin (ABD–08–06) To: Owners and operators of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines located on offshore floating facilities. Subject: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring Records on Offshore Floating Facilities. Purpose: To remind owners and operators of the importance of retaining inspection, maintenance, and monitoring records for dynamic risers located on offshore floating facilities. PHMSA advises operators of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines with dynamic risers, such as steel catenary risers on offshore floating production facilities, to perform regular inspection and maintenance of these VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:51 Jul 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 risers, monitor nearby environmental conditions, and maintain records of these activities. Failure of a dynamic riser could significantly impact safety, the environment, and delivery of an important source of natural gas and petroleum products used in the United States. PHMSA strongly urges operators to perform the above-listed actions and any other actions needed to ensure the safe and reliable operation of these systems. Issued in Washington, DC on June 25, 2008. Jeffrey D. Wiese, Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety. [FR Doc. E8–14953 Filed 7–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Ex Parte No. 646 (Sub-No. 2)] Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases—Taxes in Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method Surface Transportation Board. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: The Surface Transportation Board seeks public comments on a proposal to adjust its Revenue Shortfall Allocation Method (RSAM), which is a component of its simplified standards for reviewing the reasonableness of a challenged rail rate, in order to account for taxes. DATES: Comments are due by August 1, 2008. Reply comments are due by September 2, 2008. Rebuttal comments are due by September 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted either via the Board’s e-filing format or in the traditional paper format. Any person using e-filing should file a document and otherwise comply with the instructions at the E-FILING link on the Board’s Web site, at https:// www.stb.dot.gov. Any person submitting a filing in the traditional paper format should send an original and 10 copies to: Surface Transportation Board, Attn: STB Ex Parte No. 646 (Sub-No.2), 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. Copies of written comments will be available for viewing and self-copying in the Board’s Public Docket Room, Room 131, and will be posted to the Board’s Web site. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Strafford at 202–245–0356. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00098 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38025 Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The RSAM figure is one of three benchmarks that together are used to determine the reasonableness of a challenged rail rate. Each benchmark is expressed as a ratio of revenues to variable costs (R/VC ratio). RSAM is intended to measure the average markup that the railroad would need to collect from all of its ‘‘potentially captive traffic’’ (traffic with an R/VC ratio above 180%) to earn adequate revenues as measured by the Board under 49 U.S.C. 10704(a)(2) (i.e., earn a return on investment equal to the railroad industry cost of capital). The second benchmark, the R/VC>180 benchmark, measures the average markup over variable cost currently earned by the defendant railroad on its potentially captive traffic. The third benchmark, the R/VCcomp benchmark, is used to compare the markup being paid by the challenged traffic to the average markup assessed on other comparable potentially captive traffic. In Simplified Standards for Rail Rate Cases, STB Ex. Parte 646 (Sub-No. 1) (STB served Sept. 5, 2007) (Simplified Standards), the Board changed the way the RSAM benchmark is calculated to address a flaw in that calculation.1 Under the current RSAM formula, the Board uses the confidential Carload Waybill Sample 2 to estimate the total revenues earned by the carrier on potentially captive traffic (REV>180) and the total variable costs of the railroad to handle that traffic (VC>180). The Board also uses the carrier’s revenue shortfall (or overage) shown in the Board’s annual revenue adequacy determination (REVshort/overage). RSAM is then calculated as follows: RSAM = (REV>180 + REVshort/overage) ÷ VC>180 In E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. v. CSX Transportation, Inc., STB Docket 1 Previously, RSAM had been calculated by computing the uniform markup above variable cost that would be needed from all potentially captive traffic ‘‘for the carrier to recover all of its URCS fixed costs.’’ Rate Guidelines—Non-Coal Proceedings, 1 S.T.B. 1004, 1027 (1996). When a carrier is not ‘‘revenue adequate’’ under the Board’s annual calculations, its RSAM figure (what it needs to collect) should be greater than its R/VC >180 figure (what it is actually collecting) and, conversely, when a carrier is ‘‘revenue adequate’’ its RSAM figure should be less than or equal its R/VC>180 figure. The problem was that this relationship between RSAM and R/VC>180 did not hold true under the Board’s prior method. See, e.g., Simplified Standards at 19–20. 2 The Carload Waybill Sample is a statistical sampling of railroad waybills that is collected and maintained for use by the Board and by the public (with appropriate restrictions to protect the confidentiality of individual traffic data). See 49 CFR 1244. E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 128 (Wednesday, July 2, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38024-38025]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-14953]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

[Docket ID PHMSA-2008-0162]


Pipeline Safety: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and 
Monitoring Records on Offshore Floating Facilities.

AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), 
DOT.

ACTION: Notice; Issuance of Advisory Bulletin.

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SUMMARY: To remind owners and operators of the importance of retaining 
inspection, maintenance, and monitoring records for dynamic risers 
located on offshore floating facilities.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Komiskey at 202-366-3169, or 
by e-mail to Elizabeth.Komiskey@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

    A recent natural gas leak from a steel catenary export riser in the 
Gulf of Mexico created significant and unexpected risk, as well as 
major supply disruption. Though a root cause analysis of this incident 
is not yet complete, visual inspection by divers has determined that 
the source of the leak was a flexible joint on the riser. PHMSA 
regularly monitors pipeline incidents and operator performance 
nationwide and responds as incident trends necessitate, through an 
array of regulatory measures including advisory bulletins.
    In 2004, another offshore riser flexible joint failure resulted in 
a small oil spill. Subsequent preemptive visual inspections performed 
on other steel catenary riser flexible joints in the Gulf of Mexico 
discovered damage to the elastomeric seal area near the rotating ball 
and drove the replacement of four flexible joints. The flexible joint 
riser failures described above have created potential safety risks on 
floating production facilities, and have impacted delivery of energy 
supplies from the Gulf of Mexico.
    The national consensus standard for dynamic risers, American 
Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 2RD, is currently under 
revision. The revised version will directly address concerns raised in 
this Advisory Bulletin by including guidance for integrity management 
of dynamic risers. PHMSA will consider adopting the revised standard 
into its regulations for both natural gas and hazardous liquid 
pipelines.

Advisory Bulletin (ABD-08-06)

    To: Owners and operators of hazardous liquid and natural gas 
pipelines located on offshore floating facilities.
    Subject: Dynamic Riser Inspection, Maintenance, and Monitoring 
Records on Offshore Floating Facilities.
    Purpose: To remind owners and operators of the importance of 
retaining inspection, maintenance, and monitoring records for dynamic 
risers located on offshore floating facilities.
    PHMSA advises operators of hazardous liquid and natural gas 
pipelines with dynamic risers, such as steel catenary risers on 
offshore floating production facilities, to perform regular inspection 
and maintenance of these risers, monitor nearby environmental 
conditions, and maintain records of these activities. Failure of a 
dynamic riser could significantly impact safety, the environment, and 
delivery of an important source of natural gas and petroleum products 
used in the United States. PHMSA strongly urges operators to perform 
the above-listed actions and any other actions needed to ensure the 
safe and reliable operation of these systems.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 25, 2008.
Jeffrey D. Wiese,
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety.
[FR Doc. E8-14953 Filed 7-1-08; 8:45 am]
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