Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, 11214-11215 [2013-03549]

Download as PDF 11214 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments related to this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter ‘‘USCG–2011–0138’’ in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box. A public comment period will be held on March 14, 2013, from approximately 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., and on March 15, 2013 from approximately 4:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Speakers are requested to limit their comments to 5 minutes. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. Additionally, public comment will be sought throughout the meeting as specific tasks and issues are discussed by the committee. Contact the individual listed below to register as a speaker. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Ashley Holm, the MEDMAC ADFO, at telephone 202–372–1128 or email Ashley.e.holm@uscg.mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366–9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). The MEDMAC is authorized by 46 U.S.C. 7115 as amended by section 210 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–281) and advises the Secretary on matters related to (a) Medical certification determinations for issuance of licenses, certificates of registry, and merchant mariners’ documents; (b) medical standards and guidelines for the physical qualifications of operators of commercial vessels; (c) medical examiner education; and (d) medical research. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Agenda Day 1, March 14 (1) Remarks from Presiding Officer of the Houston Pilots, Captain Robert Thompson. (2) Opening comments by Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Captain K.P. McAvoy. (3) Remarks from the Director of Inspections and Compliance, Captain P.F. Thomas. (4) Introduction and swearing in of the new member, Chair and Vice-Chair designations. (5) Review of Last Full Committee Meeting’s Minutes. (6) Public Comments. (7) Working Groups reports out. (8) Working Groups addressing the following task statements may meet to deliberate— VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 (a) Task Statement 1, Revision of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04–08. The NVIC can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/ nvic/ Medical and Physical Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials. (b) Task Statement 2, Top medical conditions leading to denial of mariner credentials. (c) Task Statement 4, Revising the CG–719K Medical Evaluation Report Form for mariner physicals. The form can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/ nmc. (d) Task Statement 5, Creating medical expert panels for the top medical conditions. (e) Task Statement 6, Developing designated medical examiner program. Day 2, March 15 (1) Presentation by the Heart Rhythm Society (Task 1 & 2). (2) Continue work on Task Statements. (3) By mid-afternoon, the Working Groups will report, and if applicable, make recommendations for the full committee to consider for presentation to the Coast Guard. The committee may take official action on these recommendations on this date. The public will have an opportunity to speak after each Working Group’s Report before the full committee takes any action on each report. (4) Public Comments. (5) Closing remarks/plans for next meeting. Dated: February 8, 2013. P.F. Thomas, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director of Inspections and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2013–03548 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2013–0073] Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will meet on March 12, 2013 and March 13, 2013 in Houston, TX, to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. This meeting will be open to the public. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 MERPAC working groups will meet on March 12, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and the full committee will meet on March 13, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This meeting may adjourn early if all business is finished. ADDRESSES: The Committee will meet in the Red Room of the West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA), 1717 Turning Basin, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77029. For further information on the location of WGMA, please contact Mr. Niels Lyngso at (713) 715–6443. For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance, contact Mr. Davis Breyer at 202–372–1445 as soon as possible. To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment on the issues to be considered by the committee and working groups as listed in the ‘‘Agenda’’ section below. Written comments for distribution to committee members and inclusion on MERPAC’s Web site must be submitted by February 26, 2013. Written comments must be identified by Docket No. USCG–2013–0073 and submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments (preferred method to avoid delays in processing). • Fax: 202–493–2251. • 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. • 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. Instructions: All submissions received must include the words ‘‘Department of Homeland Security’’ and the docket number for this action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). Docket: For access to the docket to read documents or comments related to this notice, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. A public oral comment period will be held each day. Speakers are requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the public oral comment period may end before the DATES: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 32 / Friday, February 15, 2013 / Notices prescribed ending time indicated following the last call for comments. Contact Davis Breyer at davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil or at at 202– 372–1445 no later than February 26, 2013, to register as a speaker. This notice may be viewed in our online docket, USCG–2013–0073, at http:// www.regulations.gov. Mr. Davis Breyer, Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO), telephone 202– 372–1445, or at davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil. If you have any questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). MERPAC is an advisory committee established under the Secretary’s authority in section 871 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Title 6, United States Code, section 451, and chartered under the provisions of the FACA. The Committee acts solely in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards on matters relating to personnel in the U.S. merchant marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The Committee will advise, consult with, and make recommendations reflecting its independent judgment to the Secretary. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Agenda of Meeting mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Day 1 The agenda for the March 12, 2013, meeting is as follows: (1) The full committee will meet briefly to discuss the working groups’ business/task statements, which are listed under paragraph 2 (a)–(g) below. (2) Working groups addressing the following task statements, available for viewing at http://homeport.uscg.mil/ merpac will meet to deliberate: (a) Task Statement 30, Utilizing Military Education, Training and Assessment for STCW (the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) (1978), as amended) and U.S. Coast Guard Certifications; (b) Task Statement 58, Stakeholder Communications during Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program (MLD) Restructuring and Centralization; VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:09 Feb 14, 2013 Jkt 229001 (c) Task Statement 71, Review of USCG Operational Level Examination (3rd Mate/2nd Mate and 3rd/2nd Assistant Engineer) Topics and Questions and Alignment with the STCW Code; (d) Task Statement 73, Development of Training Guidance for Engineers Serving on Near-Coastal Vessels; (e) Task Statement 77, Development of Performance Measures (Assessment Criteria); (f) Task Statement 78, Consideration of the International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; and (g) Task Statement 80, Crew Training Requirements Onboard Natural GasFueled Vessels Other Than Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers. (3) Public comment period. (4) Reports of working groups. At the end of the day, the working groups will report to the full committee on what was accomplished in their meetings. The full committee will not take action on these reports on this date. Any official action taken as a result of this working group meeting will be taken on day 2 of the meeting. (5) Adjournment of meeting. Day 2 The agenda for the March 13, 2013, Committee meeting is as follows: (1) Introduction; (2) Remarks from Coast Guard Leadership; (3) Roll call of committee members and determination of a quorum; (4) Designated Federal Officer (DFO) announcements; (5) Reports from the following working groups; (a) Task Statement 30, Utilizing Military Education, Training and Assessment for STCW and U.S. Coast Guard Certifications; (b) Task Statement 58, Stakeholder Communications during MLD Program Restructuring and Centralization; (c) Task Statement 71, Review of USCG Operational Level Examination (3rd Mate/2nd Mate and 3rd/2nd Assistant Engineer) Topics and Questions and Alignment with the STCW Code; (d) Task Statement 73, Development of Training Guidance for Engineers Serving on Near-Coastal Vessels; (e) Task Statement 77, Development of Performance Measures (Assessment Criteria); (f) Task Statement 78, Consideration of the International Labor Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; and (g) Task Statement 80, Crew Training Requirements Onboard Natural GasFueled Vessels Other Than Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers. PO 00000 Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 11215 (6) Other items for discussion: (a) Report on National Maritime Center (NMC) activities from NMC Commanding Officer, such as the net processing time it takes for a mariner to receive his or her credential after application submittal; (b) Report on Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division activities, such as its current initiatives and projects; (c) Report on International Maritime Organization (IMO)/International Labor Organization (ILO) issues related to the merchant marine industry; (d) Report on the implementation of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention; and (e) Briefings about on-going Coast Guard projects related to personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine, such as proposed Task Statements concerning: • Training for officers and crewmembers aboard ships operating in polar waters; • Review of CG–719K (Merchant Mariner Physical Examination Report) & CG–719K/E (Merchant Marine Certification of Fitness for Entry Level Ratings); and • Development of competency requirements for engineers working on small vessels with high horsepower. (7) Public comment period/ presentations. (8) Discussion of working group recommendations. The committee will review the information presented on each issue, deliberate on any recommendations presented by the working groups and approve/formulate recommendations for the Department’s consideration. Official action on these recommendations may be taken on this date. (9) Closing remarks/plans for next meeting. (10) Adjournment of meeting. Procedural A copy of all meeting documentation, including the Task Statements, is available at https://homeport.uscg.mil by using these key strokes: Missions; Port and Waterways Safety; Advisory Committees; MERPAC; and then use the event key. Alternatively, you may contact Mr. Breyer as noted above. Minutes will be available 90 days after this meeting. Dated: February 11, 2013. J.G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards. [FR Doc. 2013–03549 Filed 2–14–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 32 (Friday, February 15, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11214-11215]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03549]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0073]


Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) will 
meet on March 12, 2013 and March 13, 2013 in Houston, TX, to discuss 
various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine 
personnel. This meeting will be open to the public.

DATES: MERPAC working groups will meet on March 12, 2013, from 8 a.m. 
until 4 p.m., and the full committee will meet on March 13, 2013, from 
8 a.m. until 4 p.m. This meeting may adjourn early if all business is 
finished.

ADDRESSES: The Committee will meet in the Red Room of the West Gulf 
Maritime Association (WGMA), 1717 Turning Basin, Suite 200 Houston, 
Texas 77029. For further information on the location of WGMA, please 
contact Mr. Niels Lyngso at (713) 715-6443.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance, contact Mr. Davis Breyer 
at 202-372-1445 as soon as possible.
    To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment 
on the issues to be considered by the committee and working groups as 
listed in the ``Agenda'' section below. Written comments for 
distribution to committee members and inclusion on MERPAC's Web site 
must be submitted by February 26, 2013.
    Written comments must be identified by Docket No. USCG-2013-0073 
and submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments (preferred method to 
avoid delays in processing).
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     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.
     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.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You 
may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the 
January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).
    Docket: For access to the docket to read documents or comments 
related to this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov.
    A public oral comment period will be held each day. Speakers are 
requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the 
public oral comment period may end before the

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prescribed ending time indicated following the last call for comments. 
Contact Davis Breyer at davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil or at at 202-372-1445 
no later than February 26, 2013, to register as a speaker. This notice 
may be viewed in our online docket, USCG-2013-0073, at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Davis Breyer, Alternate Designated 
Federal Officer (ADFO), telephone 202-372-1445, or at 
davis.j.breyer@uscg.mil.
    If you have any questions on viewing or submitting material to the 
docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, 
telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is given under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463).
    MERPAC is an advisory committee established under the Secretary's 
authority in section 871 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Title 6, 
United States Code, section 451, and chartered under the provisions of 
the FACA. The Committee acts solely in an advisory capacity to the 
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the 
Commandant of the Coast Guard and the Director of Commercial 
Regulations and Standards on matters relating to personnel in the U.S. 
merchant marine, including but not limited to training, qualifications, 
certification, documentation, and fitness standards. The Committee will 
advise, consult with, and make recommendations reflecting its 
independent judgment to the Secretary.

Agenda of Meeting

Day 1

    The agenda for the March 12, 2013, meeting is as follows:
    (1) The full committee will meet briefly to discuss the working 
groups' business/task statements, which are listed under paragraph 2 
(a)-(g) below.
    (2) Working groups addressing the following task statements, 
available for viewing at http://homeport.uscg.mil/merpac will meet to 
deliberate:
    (a) Task Statement 30, Utilizing Military Education, Training and 
Assessment for STCW (the International Convention on Standards of 
Training, Certification & Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) (1978), as 
amended) and U.S. Coast Guard Certifications;
    (b) Task Statement 58, Stakeholder Communications during Merchant 
Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program (MLD) Restructuring and 
Centralization;
    (c) Task Statement 71, Review of USCG Operational Level Examination 
(3rd Mate/2nd Mate and 3rd/2nd Assistant Engineer) Topics and Questions 
and Alignment with the STCW Code;
    (d) Task Statement 73, Development of Training Guidance for 
Engineers Serving on Near-Coastal Vessels;
    (e) Task Statement 77, Development of Performance Measures 
(Assessment Criteria);
    (f) Task Statement 78, Consideration of the International Labor 
Organization's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; and
    (g) Task Statement 80, Crew Training Requirements Onboard Natural 
Gas-Fueled Vessels Other Than Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers.
    (3) Public comment period.
    (4) Reports of working groups. At the end of the day, the working 
groups will report to the full committee on what was accomplished in 
their meetings. The full committee will not take action on these 
reports on this date. Any official action taken as a result of this 
working group meeting will be taken on day 2 of the meeting.
    (5) Adjournment of meeting.

Day 2

    The agenda for the March 13, 2013, Committee meeting is as follows:
    (1) Introduction;
    (2) Remarks from Coast Guard Leadership;
    (3) Roll call of committee members and determination of a quorum;
    (4) Designated Federal Officer (DFO) announcements;
    (5) Reports from the following working groups;
    (a) Task Statement 30, Utilizing Military Education, Training and 
Assessment for STCW and U.S. Coast Guard Certifications;
    (b) Task Statement 58, Stakeholder Communications during MLD 
Program Restructuring and Centralization;
    (c) Task Statement 71, Review of USCG Operational Level Examination 
(3rd Mate/2nd Mate and 3rd/2nd Assistant Engineer) Topics and Questions 
and Alignment with the STCW Code;
    (d) Task Statement 73, Development of Training Guidance for 
Engineers Serving on Near-Coastal Vessels;
    (e) Task Statement 77, Development of Performance Measures 
(Assessment Criteria);
    (f) Task Statement 78, Consideration of the International Labor 
Organization's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; and
    (g) Task Statement 80, Crew Training Requirements Onboard Natural 
Gas-Fueled Vessels Other Than Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers.
    (6) Other items for discussion:
    (a) Report on National Maritime Center (NMC) activities from NMC 
Commanding Officer, such as the net processing time it takes for a 
mariner to receive his or her credential after application submittal;
    (b) Report on Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division 
activities, such as its current initiatives and projects;
    (c) Report on International Maritime Organization (IMO)/
International Labor Organization (ILO) issues related to the merchant 
marine industry;
    (d) Report on the implementation of the 2010 amendments to the STCW 
Convention; and
    (e) Briefings about on-going Coast Guard projects related to 
personnel in the U.S. Merchant Marine, such as proposed Task Statements 
concerning:
     Training for officers and crewmembers aboard ships 
operating in polar waters;
     Review of CG-719K (Merchant Mariner Physical Examination 
Report) & CG-719K/E (Merchant Marine Certification of Fitness for Entry 
Level Ratings); and
     Development of competency requirements for engineers 
working on small vessels with high horsepower.
    (7) Public comment period/presentations.
    (8) Discussion of working group recommendations. The committee will 
review the information presented on each issue, deliberate on any 
recommendations presented by the working groups and approve/formulate 
recommendations for the Department's consideration. Official action on 
these recommendations may be taken on this date.
    (9) Closing remarks/plans for next meeting.
    (10) Adjournment of meeting.

Procedural

    A copy of all meeting documentation, including the Task Statements, 
is available at https://homeport.uscg.mil by using these key strokes: 
Missions; Port and Waterways Safety; Advisory Committees; MERPAC; and 
then use the event key. Alternatively, you may contact Mr. Breyer as 
noted above.
    Minutes will be available 90 days after this meeting.

    Dated: February 11, 2013.
J.G. Lantz,
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2013-03549 Filed 2-14-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9110-04-P