Safety Zone; Barge Launches; Gulfport Lake; Gulfport, MS, 77594-77597 [2013-30648]

Download as PDF 77594 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 24, 2013 / Rules and Regulations to mile marker 95.1 above head of passes, New Orleans, LA. (b) Effective Date. This rule is effective from 11:55 p.m. on December 31, 2013 to 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2014. (c) Periods of Enforcement. The safety zone for MM 94.1 to MM 95.1 AHP will be enforced from 11:55 p.m. on December 31, 2013 to 12:15 a.m. on January 1, 2014. The Captain of the Port (COTP) New Orleans or a COTP New Orleans designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the safety zone as well as any changes in the planned schedule. (d) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated personnel. Designated personnel include commissioned, warrant and petty officers of the U.S. Coast Guard assigned to units under the operational control of USCG Sector New Orleans. (2) The safety zone is closed to all persons and vessels, except as may be permitted by the COTP New Orleans or a COTP New Orleans designated representative. (3) Vessels requiring deviation from this rule must request permission from the COTP New Orleans or a COTP New Orleans designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM Channel 16 or 67, or through Coast Guard Sector New Orleans at 504–365–2200. Dated: December 2, 2013. P. W. Gautier, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port New Orleans. [FR Doc. 2013–30647 Filed 12–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2013–0837] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Barge Launches; Gulfport Lake; Gulfport, MS Coast Guard, DHS. Interim rule and request for comments. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS. This action is necessary for the protection of persons SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Dec 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 and vessels on navigable waters during the launching of barges in Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS, particularly small craft in the area that risk being swamped. Entry into, transiting or anchoring in the zone during the launching of barges is prohibited for all vessels, mariners, and persons unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. The Coast Guard also requests comments on this interim rule before establishing a final rule. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 24, 2013 through December 31, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from November 8, 2013, until December 24, 2013. Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before January 23, 2014. ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of Docket Number USCG–2013–0837. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit 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. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG–2013–0837, using any one of the following methods: (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. (2) Fax: (202) 493–2251. (3) Mail or Delivery: 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. Deliveries accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366–9329. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email LT Stanley A. Tarrant, Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Waterways Management Division; telephone (251) 441–5940, email Stanley.A.Tarrant@ PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: Table of Acronyms CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port DHS Department of Homeland Security NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking A. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. 1. Submitting Comments If you submit a comment, please include the docket number (USCG– 2013–0837) for this rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online at http:// www.regulations.gov, or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a comment online, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. 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, type the docket number (USCG–2013–0837) in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ on the line associated with this rulemaking. 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 comments 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 and may E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 24, 2013 / Rules and Regulations change the rule based on your comments. 2. Viewing Comments and Documents To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number (USCG–2013–0837) in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit 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. 3. 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 notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316). sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES 4. Public Meeting We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a request for one, using one of the methods specified under ADDRESSES. Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. B. Regulatory History and Information Through this interim rule, the Coast Guard is establishing a recurring safety zone for the protection of mariners and vessels during monthly barge launching operations on Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS. The Coast Guard has previously established six (6) individual safety zones as temporary final rules for the launching of barges in Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS during 2013. These individual safety zones were issued as temporary final rules that were enforced with actual notice and are accessible in the docket as explained above under ADDRESSES. These temporary safety zones have enabled the Coast Guard to maintain safe navigation for all in the area during the barge launches without issue. Rather than continuing to establish individual safety zones on a monthly basis, the Coast Guard is establishing one recurring safety zone through this interim rule to be in effect VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Dec 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 approximately one day each month during the barge launching operations. Once established, the specific dates and times for launches will be noticed each month through broadcast notices to mariners providing at least 24 hours notice of when the safety zone will be enforced. The requirements of this interim rule are the same as those in the temporary rules available in the docket. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. This interim rule establishes a recurring safety zone to replace the temporary safety zones occurring monthly and the safety zone requirements are and have been noticed to vessels and mariners transiting the regulated area. Delaying the effective date to provide a full 30 days’ notice is unnecessary and would be contrary to public interest by delaying the safety measures needed to protect persons and vessels from safety hazards associated with launching the barges. Additionally, delaying the safety zone would unnecessarily interfere with launching the barges and possible commercial and contractual obligations. C. Basis and Purpose The legal basis and authorities for this rule are found in 33 U.S.C. 1231, 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which collectively authorize the Coast Guard to propose, establish, and define regulatory safety zones. Trinity Offshore, LLC is a ship yard and repair facility located on Gulfport Lake in Gulfport, MS. Trinity Offshore, LLC provided the Coast Guard with a schedule of barge launches, indicating one barge launch a month over the course of the next three years. The launching of barges from this facility creates a 3 to 6 foot launch wave that will propagate southward across Gulfport Lake. This wave poses significant safety hazards to vessels, particularly small craft in the area that could potentially be swamped. The COTP Mobile is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS, to protect persons and vessels during the launching of barges. The COTP anticipates minimal impact on vessel traffic due to this regulation. However, this safety zone is deemed necessary for the protection of life and property within the COTP Mobile zone. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 77595 D. Discussion of the Interim Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport Lake, to include all waters between an eastern boundary represented by positions 30° 25′ 37.2″ N, 089° 03′ 09.7″ W to 30° 25′ 27.0″ N, 089° 03′ 09.7″ W and a western boundary represented by positions 30° 25′ 35.4″ N, 089° 03′ 45.7″ W to 30° 25′ 28.8″ N, 089° 03′ 45.7″ W. This rule will protect the safety of life and property in this area. Entry into, transiting or anchoring in this zone during the launching of barges will be prohibited to all vessels, mariners, and persons unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. The COTP may be contacted by telephone at 251–441– 5976. The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of enforcement periods for the safety zone. This rule will only be enforced during the launching of barges occurring once a month. E. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes or executive orders. 1. Regulatory Planning and Review This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. The safety zone listed in this rule will only restrict vessel traffic from entering, transiting or anchoring in Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS during the launching of barges. The effect of this regulation will not be significant for several reasons: (1) This rule will only affect vessel traffic for a short duration; (2) vessels may request permission from the COTP to transit through the safety zone; and (3) impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. Notifications to the marine community will be made through broadcast notice to mariners. These notifications will allow the public to plan operations around the affected area. E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 77596 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 24, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 2. Impact on Small Entities The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601–612, as amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ‘‘small entities’’ comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor in Gulfport Lake during the launching of barges. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. The zone is limited in size, is of short duration and vessel traffic may request permission from the COTP Mobile or a designated representative to enter or transit through the zone. If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES 3. Assistance for Small Entities Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104– 121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above. Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency’s responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1– 888–REG–FAIR (1–888–734–3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Dec 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard. 4. Collection of Information This rule will not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520). 5. Federalism A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism. 6. Protest Activities The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels. Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children. 11. Indian Tribal Governments This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. 12. Energy Effects This rule is not a ‘‘significant energy action’’ under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. 13. Technical Standards This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards. 10. Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks 14. Environment We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023–01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321–4370f), and have determined that this action is one of a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule involves a safety zone on a waterway during the launching of barges and is not expected to result in any significant adverse environmental impact as described in NEPA. This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2–1 of the Commandant Instruction. Environmental analysis checklists supporting this determination and Categorical Exclusion Determinations are available for each of the preceding individual safety zones and will be done for this recurring safety zone and made available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule. We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children From Environmental Health List of Subjects 33 CFR Part 165 Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping 7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531–1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble. 8. Taking of Private Property This rule would not cause a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights. 9. Civil Justice Reform This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 24, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Dated: November 7, 2013. S. Walker, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile. requirements, Security measures, Waterways. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: [FR Doc. 2013–30648 Filed 12–23–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ ■ 2. Add § 165.841 to read as follows: sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES § 165.841 Safety Zone; Barge Launches; Gulfport Lake; Gulfport, MS. (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: Gulfport Lake, to include all waters between an eastern boundary represented by positions 30° 25′ 37.2″ N, 089° 03′ 09.7″ W to 30° 25′ 27.0″ N, 089° 03′ 09.7″ W and a western boundary represented by positions 30° 25′ 35.4″ N, 089° 03′ 45.7″ W to 30° 25′ 28.8″ N, 089° 03′ 45.7″ W. (b) Effective period and enforcement dates. This safety zone is effective immediately on December 24, 2013 and enforceable through actual notice beginning November 8, 2013. The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notice to mariners of enforcement periods for the safety zone, giving at least 24 hour notice before enforcement begins. Enforcement periods are expected to occur once a month for approximately two (2) hours. (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. (2) Persons or vessels desiring to enter into or passage through the zone must request permission from the Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM channels 16 or by telephone at 251–441–5976. (3) If permission is granted, all persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or designated representative. (d) Informational broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the safety zone as well as any changes that may occur. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:58 Dec 23, 2013 Jkt 232001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Acronyms DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking TFR Temporary Final Rule A. Regulatory History and Information DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, 160.5; Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. 77597 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2013–0992] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Allied PRA–Solid Works, San Diego Bay; San Diego, CA Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay in support of a fireworks display on the evening of January 28, 2014. The zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 28, 2014. ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket [USCG– 2013–0992]. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Petty Officer Giacomo Terrizzi, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, Coast Guard; telephone 619–278–7656, email d11marineeventssandiego@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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because an NPRM would be impracticable. The Coast Guard received less than 60 days notice for this event. As such, the Coast Guard did not have time to follow standard notice and comment procedures. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Delaying the effective date would be contrary to the public interest because immediate action is needed to ensure the public’s safety. B. Basis and Purpose The Ports and Waterways Safety Act gives the Coast Guard authority to create and enforce safety zones. The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 28, 2014 on a portion of the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay for the Allied PRA—Solid Works fireworks display, which will be conducted from a barge located southwest of Embarcadero Park South in San Diego Bay. The safety zone will include all the navigable waters within 600 feet of the nearest point of the barge, which will be located in the following approximate position: 32°42.13′N, 117°10.01′W. The sponsor will provide a tug boat to patrol the safety zone and inform vessels of the safety zone. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the crew, spectators, and other vessels and users of the waterway. C. Discussion of the Final Rule The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone that will be enforced from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on January 28, 2014. The limits of the safety zone will include all E:\FR\FM\24DER1.SGM 24DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[Docket Number USCG-2013-0837]
RIN 1625-AA00


Safety Zone; Barge Launches; Gulfport Lake; Gulfport, MS

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport 
Lake, Gulfport, MS. This action is necessary for the protection of 
persons and vessels on navigable waters during the launching of barges 
in Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS, particularly small craft in the area 
that risk being swamped. Entry into, transiting or anchoring in the 
zone during the launching of barges is prohibited for all vessels, 
mariners, and persons unless specifically authorized by the Captain of 
the Port Mobile or a designated representative. The Coast Guard also 
requests comments on this interim rule before establishing a final 
rule.

DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 24, 
2013 through December 31, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual 
notice will be used from November 8, 2013, until December 24, 2013.
    Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard 
on or before January 23, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of Docket 
Number USCG-2013-0837. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as 
being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type 
the docket number in the ``SEARCH'' box and click ``SEARCH.'' Click on 
``Open Docket Folder'' on the line associated with this rulemaking. You 
may also visit 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.
    You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2013-0837, 
using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    (3) Mail or Delivery: 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. Deliveries 
accepted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
federal holidays. The telephone number is (202) 366-9329.
    See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion 
of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for further instructions 
on submitting comments. To avoid duplication, please use only one of 
these three methods.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call or email LT Stanley A. Tarrant, Coast Guard Sector Mobile, 
Waterways Management Division; telephone (251) 441-5940, email 
Stanley.A.Tarrant@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: 

Table of Acronyms

CFR Code of Federal Regulations
COTP Captain of the Port
DHS Department of Homeland Security
NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

A. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
comments and related materials. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any 
personal information you have provided.

1. Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number (USCG-
2013-0837) for this rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this 
document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material 
online at http://www.regulations.gov, or by fax, mail, or hand 
delivery, but please use only one of these means. If you submit a 
comment online, it will be considered received by the Coast Guard when 
you successfully transmit the comment. If you fax, hand deliver, or 
mail your comment, it will be considered as having been received by the 
Coast Guard when it is received at the Docket Management Facility. 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, 
type the docket number (USCG-2013-0837) in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH''. Click on ``Submit a Comment'' on the line associated with 
this rulemaking.
    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 comments 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 and may

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change the rule based on your comments.

2. Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble 
as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, 
type the docket number (USCG-2013-0837) in the ``SEARCH'' box and click 
``SEARCH''. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with 
this rulemaking. You may also visit 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.

3. 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 notice 
regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the 
Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

4. Public Meeting

    We do not now plan to hold a public meeting. But you may submit a 
request for one, using one of the methods specified under ADDRESSES. 
Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If 
we determine that one would aid this rulemaking, we will hold one at a 
time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.

B. Regulatory History and Information

    Through this interim rule, the Coast Guard is establishing a 
recurring safety zone for the protection of mariners and vessels during 
monthly barge launching operations on Gulfport Lake, Gulfport, MS. The 
Coast Guard has previously established six (6) individual safety zones 
as temporary final rules for the launching of barges in Gulfport Lake, 
Gulfport, MS during 2013. These individual safety zones were issued as 
temporary final rules that were enforced with actual notice and are 
accessible in the docket as explained above under ADDRESSES. These 
temporary safety zones have enabled the Coast Guard to maintain safe 
navigation for all in the area during the barge launches without issue. 
Rather than continuing to establish individual safety zones on a 
monthly basis, the Coast Guard is establishing one recurring safety 
zone through this interim rule to be in effect approximately one day 
each month during the barge launching operations. Once established, the 
specific dates and times for launches will be noticed each month 
through broadcast notices to mariners providing at least 24 hours 
notice of when the safety zone will be enforced. The requirements of 
this interim rule are the same as those in the temporary rules 
available in the docket.
    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause 
exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after 
publication in the Federal Register. This interim rule establishes a 
recurring safety zone to replace the temporary safety zones occurring 
monthly and the safety zone requirements are and have been noticed to 
vessels and mariners transiting the regulated area. Delaying the 
effective date to provide a full 30 days' notice is unnecessary and 
would be contrary to public interest by delaying the safety measures 
needed to protect persons and vessels from safety hazards associated 
with launching the barges. Additionally, delaying the safety zone would 
unnecessarily interfere with launching the barges and possible 
commercial and contractual obligations.

C. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis and authorities for this rule are found in 33 
U.S.C. 1231, 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 
CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; 
and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1, which 
collectively authorize the Coast Guard to propose, establish, and 
define regulatory safety zones. Trinity Offshore, LLC is a ship yard 
and repair facility located on Gulfport Lake in Gulfport, MS. Trinity 
Offshore, LLC provided the Coast Guard with a schedule of barge 
launches, indicating one barge launch a month over the course of the 
next three years. The launching of barges from this facility creates a 
3 to 6 foot launch wave that will propagate southward across Gulfport 
Lake. This wave poses significant safety hazards to vessels, 
particularly small craft in the area that could potentially be swamped. 
The COTP Mobile is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport Lake, 
Gulfport, MS, to protect persons and vessels during the launching of 
barges. The COTP anticipates minimal impact on vessel traffic due to 
this regulation. However, this safety zone is deemed necessary for the 
protection of life and property within the COTP Mobile zone.

D. Discussion of the Interim Rule

    The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone for Gulfport Lake, to 
include all waters between an eastern boundary represented by positions 
30[deg] 25' 37.2'' N, 089[deg] 03' 09.7'' W to 30[deg] 25' 27.0'' N, 
089[deg] 03' 09.7'' W and a western boundary represented by positions 
30[deg] 25' 35.4'' N, 089[deg] 03' 45.7'' W to 30[deg] 25' 28.8'' N, 
089[deg] 03' 45.7'' W. This rule will protect the safety of life and 
property in this area. Entry into, transiting or anchoring in this zone 
during the launching of barges will be prohibited to all vessels, 
mariners, and persons unless specifically authorized by the Captain of 
the Port Mobile or a designated representative. The COTP may be 
contacted by telephone at 251-441-5976.
    The COTP Mobile or a designated representative will inform the 
public through broadcast notice to mariners of enforcement periods for 
the safety zone. This rule will only be enforced during the launching 
of barges occurring once a month.

E. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and 
executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses 
based on a number of these statutes or executive orders.

1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) 
of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential 
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or 
under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and 
Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders.
    The safety zone listed in this rule will only restrict vessel 
traffic from entering, transiting or anchoring in Gulfport Lake, 
Gulfport, MS during the launching of barges. The effect of this 
regulation will not be significant for several reasons: (1) This rule 
will only affect vessel traffic for a short duration; (2) vessels may 
request permission from the COTP to transit through the safety zone; 
and (3) impacts on routine navigation are expected to be minimal. 
Notifications to the marine community will be made through broadcast 
notice to mariners. These notifications will allow the public to plan 
operations around the affected area.

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2. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as 
amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of 
regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term ``small 
entities'' comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations 
that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their 
fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 
50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule 
will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. This rule will affect the following entities, some of 
which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels 
intending to transit or anchor in Gulfport Lake during the launching of 
barges. This safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. The 
zone is limited in size, is of short duration and vessel traffic may 
request permission from the COTP Mobile or a designated representative 
to enter or transit through the zone.
    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental 
jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have 
a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see 
ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what 
degree this rule would economically affect it.

3. Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we want to assist small 
entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your 
small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have 
questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please 
contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, 
above.
    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal 
employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal 
regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory 
Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory 
Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and 
rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to 
comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR 
(1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small 
entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or 
action of the Coast Guard.

4. Collection of Information

    This rule will not call for a new collection of information under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

5. Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, 
Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have 
determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

6. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that 
your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or 
security of people, places or vessels.

7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) 
requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary 
regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may 
result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in 
the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for 
inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule would not result 
in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule 
elsewhere in this preamble.

8. Taking of Private Property

    This rule would not cause a taking of private property or otherwise 
have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental 
Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property 
Rights.

9. Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) 
of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, 
eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

10. Protection of Children From Environmental Health Risks

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection 
of Children From Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule 
is not an economically significant rule and does not create an 
environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may 
disproportionately affect children.

11. Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 
13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, 
because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more 
Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and 
Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities 
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

12. Energy Effects

    This rule is not a ``significant energy action'' under Executive 
Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect 
Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.

13. Technical Standards

    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not 
consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

14. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security 
Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which 
guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined 
that this action is one of a category of actions which do not 
individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human 
environment. This rule involves a safety zone on a waterway during the 
launching of barges and is not expected to result in any significant 
adverse environmental impact as described in NEPA. This rule is 
categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of 
Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. Environmental analysis 
checklists supporting this determination and Categorical Exclusion 
Determinations are available for each of the preceding individual 
safety zones and will be done for this recurring safety zone and made 
available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any 
comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant 
environmental impact from this rule.

List of Subjects 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and 
recordkeeping

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requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 165 as follows:

PART 165--REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS

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1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701, 3306, 3703; 
50 U.S.C. 191, 195; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, 160.5; Pub. L. 
107-295, 116 Stat. 2064; Department of Homeland Security Delegation 
No. 0170.1.

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2. Add Sec.  165.841 to read as follows:


Sec.  165.841  Safety Zone; Barge Launches; Gulfport Lake; Gulfport, 
MS.

    (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: Gulfport Lake, 
to include all waters between an eastern boundary represented by 
positions 30[deg] 25' 37.2'' N, 089[deg] 03' 09.7'' W to 30[deg] 25' 
27.0'' N, 089[deg] 03' 09.7'' W and a western boundary represented by 
positions 30[deg] 25' 35.4'' N, 089[deg] 03' 45.7'' W to 30[deg] 25' 
28.8'' N, 089[deg] 03' 45.7'' W.
    (b) Effective period and enforcement dates. This safety zone is 
effective immediately on December 24, 2013 and enforceable through 
actual notice beginning November 8, 2013. The COTP Mobile or a 
designated representative will inform the public through broadcast 
notice to mariners of enforcement periods for the safety zone, giving 
at least 24 hour notice before enforcement begins. Enforcement periods 
are expected to occur once a month for approximately two (2) hours.
    (c) Regulations.
    (1) In accordance with the general regulations in Sec.  165.23 of 
this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the 
Captain of the Port Mobile or a designated representative.
    (2) Persons or vessels desiring to enter into or passage through 
the zone must request permission from the Captain of the Port Mobile or 
a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF-FM channels 
16 or by telephone at 251-441-5976.
    (3) If permission is granted, all persons and vessels shall comply 
with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or designated 
representative.
    (d) Informational broadcasts. The Captain of the Port or a 
designated representative will inform the public through broadcast 
notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the safety zone as 
well as any changes that may occur.

    Dated: November 7, 2013.
S. Walker,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Mobile.
[FR Doc. 2013-30648 Filed 12-23-13; 8:45 am]
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