Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels, 3646-3647 [2011-1191]

Download as PDF 3646 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2011 / Notices Coast Guard has published the 60-day notice (75 FR 57808, September 22, 2010) required by 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2). That Notice elicited no comments. Information Collection Request Title: Customer Satisfaction Surveys. OMB Control Number: 1625–0080. Type of Request: Extension of a previously approved collection. Respondents: Recreational boaters, commercial mariners, industry groups, and State/local governments. Abstract: Putting people first means ensuring that the Federal Government provides the highest-quality of service possible to the American people. Executive Order 12862 requires all executive departments/agencies providing significant services directly to the public, seek to meet established standards of customer service. Forms: None. Burden Estimate: The estimated burden has decreased from 15,516 hours to 1,316 hours a year. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: January 7, 2011. R.E. Day, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology. [FR Doc. 2011–1189 Filed 1–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2010–1146] Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of availability and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to Section 904 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, the Coast Guard announces the availability of a draft policy regarding distant water tuna fleet vessels manning exemption eligibility and safety requirements. We request your comments on the Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels. DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before February 22, 2011 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:24 Jan 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 If you have questions on this notice, call or e-mail Jonathan G. Wendland, Fishing Vessel Safety Division (CG– 5433), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202–375–1245, e-mail jonathan.g.wendland@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Public Participation and Request for Comments DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUMMARY: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2010–1146 using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: 202–493–2251. (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001. (4) Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments. ADDRESSES: We encourage you to submit comments and related material on the draft policy on Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels. All comments received will be posted, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. Submitting comments: If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice (USCG–2010– 1146) and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online, or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. We recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an e-mail address, or a telephone number in the body of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your submission. To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and type ‘‘USCG–2010–1146’’ in the ‘‘Keyword’’ PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 box. If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Viewing the comments and related material: To view the comments, the draft policy, the USCG Marine Safety Manual Volume III Marine Industry Personnel, MSC.1/Circ.1163/Rev.6/ (commonly referred to as ‘‘the White List’’) and STCW A–I/10 as referenced in the draft policy, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, click on the ‘‘read comments’’ box, which will then become highlighted in blue. In the ‘‘Keyword’’ box insert ‘‘USCG–2010– 1146’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility. Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act, system of records notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). Background and Purpose The Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act (CGMTA) of 2006 (section 421) authorized United Statesdocumented purse seine vessels fishing for highly migratory species (under a license issued pursuant to the 1987 South Pacific Tuna Treaty [SPTT]) to use foreign citizens, except for the master, to meet manning requirements if no United States citizen personnel are readily available. The manning exemption was only applicable to vessels operating in and out of American Samoa. That authorization was for a 48-month period and ended on July 11, 2010. Section 904 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act (CGAA), signed into law (Pub. L. 111–281) on 15 October E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 13 / Thursday, January 20, 2011 / Notices 2010, reauthorized for a period of two years the use of foreign citizens (excluding the master) on United Statesdocumented purse seine vessels in the Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF). This reauthorized manning exemption also only applies to vessels operating in and out of American Samoa. In addition, the 2010 CGAA added a safety examination requirement such that a vessel’s owner/ operator may not employ a foreign citizen to meet a manning requirement unless it first successfully completes an annual dockside safety examination by an individual authorized to enforce part B of subtitle II of title 46, United States Code. Furthermore, the 2010 CGAA also amended 46 U.S.C. 4502 establishing requirements for an individual in charge of a vessel to keep a record of equipment maintenance and required instruction and drills, and for a vessel to be issued a certificate of compliance upon successfully completing a dockside safety examination. The reauthorization retained the restriction that a foreign officer engaged to fill a position must hold a valid license or certificate issued in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended, standards and by an authority recognized by the Coast Guard. The manning exemption reauthorization is set to expire December 31, 2012. We are requesting your comments for consideration in preparing the final Coast Guard policy that is intended to clarify the requirements enabling a DWTF vessel to take advantage of the temporary manning exemption. Authority This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: January 13, 2011. Kevin S. Cook, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. 2011–1191 Filed 1–19–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. USCG–2010–1150] Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies Coast Guard, DHS. Request for applications. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:24 Jan 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 (TSAC). This Committee advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Completed application forms should reach us on or before March 7, 2011. DATES: Application forms are available for download on the Advisory Committee’s Web site at http:// homeport.uscg.mil/tsac. Look for the Application for Committee Membership ACM under ‘‘General Information’’. You may also request an application form be e-mailed or sent to you by writing to Commandant (CG–5222)/TSAC, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second St., SW,, STOP 7126, Washington, DC 20593– 7126; calling 202–372–1427; or e-mail to Michael.J.Harmon@uscg.mil. Also a copy of the application form, as well as this notice, is available in our online docket, USCG–2010–1150, at http://www.regulations.gov. Send your completed application to Michael J. Harmon, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO) at the street address above. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Harmon, ADFO of Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC); telephone 202–372–1427; fax 202–372– 1926; or e-mail at Michael.J.Harmon@uscg.mil. The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) (‘‘Committee’’) is a Federal advisory committee under 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). It was established under authority of the Act to establish a Towing Safety Advisory Committee in the Department of Transportation, Public Law 96–380, which was most recently amended by section 621 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–281. The Committee advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallowdraft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. This advice also assists the Coast Guard in formulating the position of the United States regarding the towing industry in advance of International Maritime Organization meetings. The Committee meets at least twice a year either in the Washington DC area or in cities with large towing centers of commerce and populated by high concentrations of towing industry and related businesses. It may also meet for extraordinary purposes. Subcommittees and workgroups may conduct intercessional telephonic meetings when necessary for specific tasking. The 18 members include: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3647 Æ Seven members representing the Barge and Towing industry (reflecting a regional geographical balance); Æ One member representing the offshore mineral and oil supply vessel industry; Æ One member representing holders of active licensed Masters or Pilots of towing vessels with experience on the Western Rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Æ One member representing the holders of active licensed Masters of towing vessels in offshore service. Æ One member representing Masters who are active ship-docking or harbor towing vessel. Æ One member representing licensed or unlicensed towing vessel engineers with formal training and experience. Æ Two members each representing the following sectors: • Port districts, port authorities or terminal operators; • Shippers (of whom one must be engaged in the shipment of oil or hazardous materials by barge); Æ Two members representing the General Public. The Coast Guard is currently considering applications for eight positions, four current positions that will become vacant on September 30, 2011 and four newly created activecredentialed positions, resulting from amendments to the committee membership by section 621 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, Public Law 111–281: • Two representatives from the Barge and Towing industry; • One representative from port districts, port authorities or terminal operators; • One holder of an active license as Master or Pilot of towing vessels with experience on the Western Rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. • One holder of an active license as Master of towing vessels in offshore service. • One active Master of a ship-docking or harbor towing vessel. • One licensed or unlicensed towing vessel engineer with formal training and experience. • One member from the General Public. To be eligible, applicants should have expertise, knowledge, and experience relative to the position in the towing industry, marine transportation, or business operations associated with shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Registered lobbyists are not eligible to serve on Federal advisory committees. Registered lobbyists are lobbyists required to comply with provisions E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 13 (Thursday, January 20, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3646-3647]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-1191]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2010-1146]


Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant 
Water Tuna Fleet Vessels

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 904 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization 
Act, the Coast Guard announces the availability of a draft policy 
regarding distant water tuna fleet vessels manning exemption 
eligibility and safety requirements. We request your comments on the 
Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility on Distant Water 
Tuna Fleet Vessels.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our 
online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before February 22, 
2011 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2010-1146 using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.
    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    (4) Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone 
number is 202-366-9329.
    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. 
See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, 
call or e-mail Jonathan G. Wendland, Fishing Vessel Safety Division 
(CG-5433), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202-375-1245, e-mail 
jonathan.g.wendland@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or 
submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to submit comments and related material on the 
draft policy on Safety Requirements and Manning Exemption Eligibility 
on Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels. All comments received will be 
posted, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov and will include 
any personal information you have provided.
    Submitting comments: If you submit a comment, please include the 
docket number for this notice (USCG-2010-1146) and provide a reason for 
each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and 
material online, or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only 
one of these means. We recommend that you include your name and a 
mailing address, an e-mail address, or a telephone number in the body 
of your document so that we can contact you if we have questions 
regarding your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
type ``USCG-2010-1146'' in the ``Keyword'' box. If you submit your 
comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic 
filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they 
reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard 
or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during 
the comment period.
    Viewing the comments and related material: To view the comments, 
the draft policy, the USCG Marine Safety Manual Volume III Marine 
Industry Personnel, MSC.1/Circ.1163/Rev.6/(commonly referred to as 
``the White List'') and STCW A-I/10 as referenced in the draft policy, 
go to http://www.regulations.gov, click on the ``read comments'' box, 
which will then become highlighted in blue. In the ``Keyword'' box 
insert ``USCG-2010-1146'' and click ``Search.'' Click the ``Open Docket 
Folder'' in the ``Actions'' column. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 
Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, 
SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the 
Department of Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility.
    Privacy Act: Anyone can search the electronic form of comments 
received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a 
Privacy Act, system of records notice regarding our public dockets in 
the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Background and Purpose

    The Coast Guard Maritime Transportation Act (CGMTA) of 2006 
(section 421) authorized United States-documented purse seine vessels 
fishing for highly migratory species (under a license issued pursuant 
to the 1987 South Pacific Tuna Treaty [SPTT]) to use foreign citizens, 
except for the master, to meet manning requirements if no United States 
citizen personnel are readily available. The manning exemption was only 
applicable to vessels operating in and out of American Samoa. That 
authorization was for a 48-month period and ended on July 11, 2010.
    Section 904 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act (CGAA), 
signed into law (Pub. L. 111-281) on 15 October

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2010, reauthorized for a period of two years the use of foreign 
citizens (excluding the master) on United States-documented purse seine 
vessels in the Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF). This reauthorized 
manning exemption also only applies to vessels operating in and out of 
American Samoa. In addition, the 2010 CGAA added a safety examination 
requirement such that a vessel's owner/operator may not employ a 
foreign citizen to meet a manning requirement unless it first 
successfully completes an annual dockside safety examination by an 
individual authorized to enforce part B of subtitle II of title 46, 
United States Code. Furthermore, the 2010 CGAA also amended 46 U.S.C. 
4502 establishing requirements for an individual in charge of a vessel 
to keep a record of equipment maintenance and required instruction and 
drills, and for a vessel to be issued a certificate of compliance upon 
successfully completing a dockside safety examination. The 
reauthorization retained the restriction that a foreign officer engaged 
to fill a position must hold a valid license or certificate issued in 
accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, 
Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended, standards 
and by an authority recognized by the Coast Guard. The manning 
exemption reauthorization is set to expire December 31, 2012.
    We are requesting your comments for consideration in preparing the 
final Coast Guard policy that is intended to clarify the requirements 
enabling a DWTF vessel to take advantage of the temporary manning 
exemption.

Authority

    This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: January 13, 2011.
Kevin S. Cook,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Prevention Policy.
[FR Doc. 2011-1191 Filed 1-19-11; 8:45 am]
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