Overhead Clearance (Air-Draft) Accidents, 77027-77029 [2013-30259]

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You can find more information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, in the Commission’s privacy policy, at http://www.ftc.gov/ftc/privacy.htm. By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–30287 Filed 12–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 77027 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Parts 117, 161, and 164 46 CFR Part 4 [Docket No. USCG–2013–0466] Overhead Clearance (Air-Draft) Accidents Coast Guard, DHS. Request for comments on petition for rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address the problem of overhead clearance (air-draft) accidents. In its petition, which calls for vessel masters to be provided with accurate vertical air draft information, a maritime organization has described 16 overhead clearance accidents that it says were avoidable and that resulted in damage to or destruction of waterway infrastructure and inconvenienced the public. The Coast Guard will consider all comments received in response to this notification in determining whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking. SUMMARY: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before March 20, 2014, or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2013–0466 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. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: you have questions on this notice, E:\FR\FM\20DEP1.SGM 20DEP1 If 77028 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Proposed Rules wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS contact LCDR William Nabach, Office of Vessel and Facility Operating Standards (CG–OES–2), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, at telephone 202–372– 1386, or by email at William.A.Nabach@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 rulemaking petition described below regarding Overhead Clearance (AirDraft) Accidents. 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–2013– 0466) 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. 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Viewing the rulemaking petition and comments: To view the petition and comments that have been submitted to the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the instructions on that Web site. The following link will take you directly to the docket: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=USCG-2013-0466. If you do not have access to the internet, you may view the docket in person by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12–140 on the ground floor VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:54 Dec 19, 2013 Jkt 232001 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). Description of Petition for Rulemaking In its Petition for Rulemaking dated May 22, 2013, the National Mariners Association (NMA) describes 16 separate marine casualties involving allisions with overhead structures which it identifies as resulting from inaccurate or non-existent air draft data available to the master of the vessel. NMA views these allisions as avoidable and noted that they resulted in unnecessary damage to or destruction of waterway infrastructure and inconvenienced the public. Air Draft Determination NMA requests that the Coast Guard establish regulations to require (1) the permanent marking of maximum design air draft for masts and booms on stationary vessel apparatus, and (2) the owner or operator to mark all crane or derrick barges with the maximum air draft or otherwise provide this maximum air draft information in writing to any vessel contracted to tow the barge. (See p. 4 of the Petition.) The petitioner identifies the vessel owner or operator as the responsible party for providing accurate vertical air draft information, for both the vessel and its tow, to the master of a vessel prior to conducting underway operations. (See pp. 3, 4 & 16 of the Petition.) The petitioner notes that masters of towing vessels are greatly affected by this air-draft issue particularly because the barges they tow have cargo with significant and dynamic air draft requirements. (See pp. 5 & 7 of the Petition.) Moreover, the petitioner states that the master often lacks the necessary equipment to accurately assess the true vertical clearances. (See pp. 5 & 11 of the Petition.) Lacking such capacities, the mariner then estimates the height of their vessel or towed barges as best he or she can. (See p. 3 of the Petition.) The petitioner recommends a regulation to PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 require that the Master of a towing vessel be provided with the air draft of the vessel, and that before a tow begins, the Master is provided with the air draft of the tow. The Petition states that ensuring that those persons directing and controlling the movement of towing vessels know the maximum overhead clearance (air draft) for their vessel and the barges in their tow will enable them to avoid trying to pass under bridges when there is insufficient clearance. (See p. 4 of Petition.) Voyage Planning NMA further notes that a professional pre-sailing survey may be required to protect waterway infrastructure. The petitioner recommends that the Coast Guard amend what NMA views as ‘‘severely qualified’’ language in 33 CFR 164.80 so that it covers all towing vessels. Paragraph (c) of § 164.80 requires the master to check the planned route for proximity to hazards before the voyage begins and that the voyage plan must consider ‘‘vertical clearances (airgaps) for all bridges, ports, and berthing areas.’’ (See pp. 4 & 6 of Petition.) Towing Safety Advisory Committee The petitioner requested this issue be submitted to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). (See NMA submission to TSAC Meeting Notice docket USCG–2013–0605.) TSAC is a Federal advisory committee under 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92–463). It was established under authority of 33 U.S.C. 1231a and advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. The Coast Guard agreed with the petitioner and has tasked TSAC with reviewing the issue and providing recommendations with respect to towing vessels. See September 2013 TSAC meeting notice (78 FR 49543, 49544, August 14, 2013) and copy of Task #13–10, Recommendation to Establish Criteria for Identification of Air Draft for Towing Vessels and Tows, which is available in the docket for this notice. Request for Comments We invite you to review the petition in the docket and submit relevant comments, including comments on whether a rulemaking would be beneficial, or not. The Coast Guard will consider the petition, any comments received from the public, and other information to determine whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking. This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a) & 553(e), and 33 CFR 1.05–20. E:\FR\FM\20DEP1.SGM 20DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 245 / Friday, December 20, 2013 / Proposed Rules Dated: November 27, 2013. F.J. Sturm, Acting Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, U.S. Coast Guard. [FR Doc. 2013–30259 Filed 12–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 27 [GN Docket Nos. 12–268 and 13–185; DA 13–2351] Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Seeks Comment on a Proposal To License the 600 MHz Band Using Partial Economic Areas Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. AGENCY: In this document, the Commission seeks comment on an alternative proposal submitted by the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), to adopt a new geographic area size called Partial Economic Areas to license the 600 MHz Band and seeks comment on the specific boundaries proposed by CCA, which would enable smaller and rural carriers to bid on portions of Economic areas to obtain more efficiently sized spectrum licenses. DATES: Submit comments on or before January 9, 2014. Submit reply comments on or before January 23, 2014. ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554. You may submit comments, identified by GN Docket Nos. 12–268 and 13–185, DA 13–2351, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Federal Communications Commission’s Web site: http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Malmud, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at (202) 418–0006 or by email at Paul.Malmud@ fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission’s document released on December 11, 2013, DA 13–2351, seeking comment on a proposal to license the 600 MHz Band using partial economic areas and seeking comment on the specific boundaries proposed by CCA. Copies of the document and any subsequentlyfiled documents in this matter may be obtained from Best Copy and Printing, Inc., in person at 445 12th Street SW., Room CY–B402, Washington, DC 20554, via telephone at (202) 488–5300, via facsimile at (202) 488–5563, or via email at fcc@bcpiweb.com. This document and any associated documents are also available for public inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the following Commission office: FCC Reference Information Center, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY– A257, Washington, DC 20554. The complete text is also available on the Commission’s Web site at http:// hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/ attachmatch/DA-13-2351A1.docx. Alternative formats (computer diskette, large print, audio cassette, and Braille) are available by contacting Brian Millin at (202) 418–7426, TTY (202) 418–7365, or via email to bmillin@fcc.gov. Synopsis I. Synopsis 1. In Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions 77 FR 69934 November 21, 2012 (NPRM), the Commission sought public comment on creating a 600 MHz band plan from the spectrum made available for flexible use through the broadcast television incentive auction. Specifically, it proposed to use geographic area licensing to license the 600 MHz band using Economic Areas (EAs). The Commission also sought comment on whether it should use geographic areas larger or smaller than EAs, such as Cellular Market Areas (CMAs). Although a number of commenters support the Commission’s proposal to license the 600 MHz band on an EA PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 77029 basis, some commenters argue that EA licenses are too large for small and rural operators to obtain at auction or deploy. Consequently, these commenters support licensing the 600 MHz band using CMAs. Others oppose using CMAs because they do not ‘‘nest’’ (i.e., fit neatly) within larger EA-based license areas and because using smaller license areas can frustrate a carrier’s ability to acquire a larger footprint. 2. On November 27, 2013, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) submitted an alternative proposed scheme for smaller license areas based on a new geographic area size that CCA calls Partial Economic Areas (PEAs). Letter from Competitive Carriers Association to FCC at page 2 (Nov. 27, 2013) available at http://apps.fcc.gov/ ecfs/document/view?id=7520959815. PEAs, as described by CCA, are a subdivision of EAs based on the CMA boundaries, which ensure that some licenses consist of large population centers while other PEAs consist of less populous areas. As a result, PEAs are smaller than EAs, and separate rural from urban markets to a greater degree than EAs. Unlike CMAs, the geographic boundaries are set so that they ‘‘nest’’ into the larger EAs. Although CCA continues to support CMAs as the optimal license size, it argues that PEAs are preferable to EAs in the 600 MHz band because PEAs would enable smaller and rural carriers to bid on portions of EAs to obtain more efficiently sized spectrum licenses. The counties contained in each PEA are listed in the appendix. On December 3, 2013, AT&T filed an ex parte letter urging the Commission to seek public comment on the PEA proposal and, as described further below, seek comment on how that proposal could be effectuated within a package-bidding framework. Letter from AT&T to FCC at page 3 (Dec. 3, 2013) available at http:// apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/ view?id=7520960131. 3. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) hereby seeks comment on CCA’s proposed PEA licensing scheme, including the specific makeup and boundaries of the individual PEAs proposed by CCA. WTB encourages commenters to address the geographic area licensing issues raised in the NPRM, including the importance of using a license scheme that ‘‘nests’’ into EAs. We also seek comment on other new geographic licensing proposals that address the issues under consideration in this document. See, Letter from Rural Wireless Association and National Telecommunications Cooperative Association to FCC (Dec. 6, 2013) available at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/ E:\FR\FM\20DEP1.SGM 20DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 245 (Friday, December 20, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 77027-77029]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-30259]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Parts 117, 161, and 164

46 CFR Part 4

[Docket No. USCG-2013-0466]


Overhead Clearance (Air-Draft) Accidents

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Request for comments on petition for rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that 
requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address the 
problem of overhead clearance (air-draft) accidents. In its petition, 
which calls for vessel masters to be provided with accurate vertical 
air draft information, a maritime organization has described 16 
overhead clearance accidents that it says were avoidable and that 
resulted in damage to or destruction of waterway infrastructure and 
inconvenienced the public. The Coast Guard will consider all comments 
received in response to this notification in determining whether or not 
to initiate the requested rulemaking.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our 
online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before March 20, 
2014, or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2013-0466 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,

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contact LCDR William Nabach, Office of Vessel and Facility Operating 
Standards (CG-OES-2), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, at telephone 202-
372-1386, or by email at William.A.Nabach@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 
rulemaking petition described below regarding Overhead Clearance (Air-
Draft) Accidents. 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-2013-0466) 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 email 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 follow the instructions on that Web site. The following link will 
take you directly to the docket where you may submit your comment: 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2013-0466. 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 rulemaking petition and comments: To view the petition 
and comments that have been submitted to the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the instructions on that Web site. The 
following link will take you directly to the docket: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2013-0466. If you do not have 
access to the internet, you may view the docket in person 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).

Description of Petition for Rulemaking

    In its Petition for Rulemaking dated May 22, 2013, the National 
Mariners Association (NMA) describes 16 separate marine casualties 
involving allisions with overhead structures which it identifies as 
resulting from inaccurate or non-existent air draft data available to 
the master of the vessel. NMA views these allisions as avoidable and 
noted that they resulted in unnecessary damage to or destruction of 
waterway infrastructure and inconvenienced the public.

Air Draft Determination

    NMA requests that the Coast Guard establish regulations to require 
(1) the permanent marking of maximum design air draft for masts and 
booms on stationary vessel apparatus, and (2) the owner or operator to 
mark all crane or derrick barges with the maximum air draft or 
otherwise provide this maximum air draft information in writing to any 
vessel contracted to tow the barge. (See p. 4 of the Petition.) The 
petitioner identifies the vessel owner or operator as the responsible 
party for providing accurate vertical air draft information, for both 
the vessel and its tow, to the master of a vessel prior to conducting 
underway operations. (See pp. 3, 4 & 16 of the Petition.)
    The petitioner notes that masters of towing vessels are greatly 
affected by this air-draft issue particularly because the barges they 
tow have cargo with significant and dynamic air draft requirements. 
(See pp. 5 & 7 of the Petition.) Moreover, the petitioner states that 
the master often lacks the necessary equipment to accurately assess the 
true vertical clearances. (See pp. 5 & 11 of the Petition.) Lacking 
such capacities, the mariner then estimates the height of their vessel 
or towed barges as best he or she can. (See p. 3 of the Petition.) The 
petitioner recommends a regulation to require that the Master of a 
towing vessel be provided with the air draft of the vessel, and that 
before a tow begins, the Master is provided with the air draft of the 
tow. The Petition states that ensuring that those persons directing and 
controlling the movement of towing vessels know the maximum overhead 
clearance (air draft) for their vessel and the barges in their tow will 
enable them to avoid trying to pass under bridges when there is 
insufficient clearance. (See p. 4 of Petition.)

Voyage Planning

    NMA further notes that a professional pre-sailing survey may be 
required to protect waterway infrastructure. The petitioner recommends 
that the Coast Guard amend what NMA views as ``severely qualified'' 
language in 33 CFR 164.80 so that it covers all towing vessels. 
Paragraph (c) of Sec.  164.80 requires the master to check the planned 
route for proximity to hazards before the voyage begins and that the 
voyage plan must consider ``vertical clearances (air-gaps) for all 
bridges, ports, and berthing areas.'' (See pp. 4 & 6 of Petition.)

Towing Safety Advisory Committee

    The petitioner requested this issue be submitted to the Towing 
Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). (See NMA submission to TSAC Meeting 
Notice docket USCG-2013-0605.) TSAC is a Federal advisory committee 
under 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). It was established under 
authority of 33 U.S.C. 1231a and advises the Secretary of Homeland 
Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal 
waterway navigation and towing safety. The Coast Guard agreed with the 
petitioner and has tasked TSAC with reviewing the issue and providing 
recommendations with respect to towing vessels. See September 2013 TSAC 
meeting notice (78 FR 49543, 49544, August 14, 2013) and copy of Task 
13-10, Recommendation to Establish Criteria for Identification 
of Air Draft for Towing Vessels and Tows, which is available in the 
docket for this notice.

Request for Comments

    We invite you to review the petition in the docket and submit 
relevant comments, including comments on whether a rulemaking would be 
beneficial, or not. The Coast Guard will consider the petition, any 
comments received from the public, and other information to determine 
whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking.
    This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a) & 553(e), 
and 33 CFR 1.05-20.


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    Dated: November 27, 2013.
F.J. Sturm,
Acting Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, U.S. Coast 
Guard.
[FR Doc. 2013-30259 Filed 12-19-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9110-04-P