Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories, 13744-13747 [2016-05798]

Download as PDF 13744 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Rules and Regulations For plans with a valuation date Rate set On or after * Before * 270 Deferred annuities (percent) Immediate annuity rate (percent) i1 * 4.00 * 4–1–16 5–1–16 1.00 i2 i3 4.00 n1 * n2 * * 4.00 7 8 Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1301(a), 1302(b)(3), 1341, 1344, 1362. PART 4044—ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS Appendix B to Part 4044—Interest Rates Used To Value Benefits 5. In appendix B to part 4044, a new entry for April–June 2016, as set forth below, is added to the table. * ■ 4. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as follows: ■ * * * * The values of it are: For valuation dates occurring in the month— for t = it * * * April–June 2016 ................................................................ Issued in Washington, DC, on this 9th day of March 2016. Judith Starr, General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. [FR Doc. 2016–05733 Filed 3–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7709–02–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 33 CFR Part 401 [Docket No. SLSDC–2016–0004] RIN 2135–AA39 Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the Seaway Regulations and Rules in various categories. The changes will update the following sections of the Regulations and Rules: Condition of Vessels; Seaway Navigation; and, Information and Reports. These amendments are necessary to take account of updated procedures and will asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 it * 0.0277 * 1–20 0.0286 enhance the safety of transits through the Seaway. Several of the amendments are merely editorial or for clarification of existing requirements. DATES: This final rule will be effective on March 21, 2016. ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.Regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 180 Andrews Street, Massena, New York 13662; 315/764– 3200. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the Regulations and Rules in various categories. The changes will update the following sections of the Regulations and Rules: Condition of Vessels; Seaway Navigation; and, Information and Reports. These updates are necessary to take account of updated procedures which will enhance the safety of transits through the Seaway. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 for t = Sfmt 4700 * >20 it for t = * N/A N/A Many of these changes are to clarify existing requirements in the regulations. Where new requirements or regulations are made, an explanation for such a change is provided below. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2016 (81 FR 6198). No comments were received. The joint regulations will become effective in Canada on March 21, 2016. For consistency, because these are joint regulations under international agreement, and to avoid confusion among users of the Seaway, the SLSDC finds that there is good cause to make the U.S. version of the amendments effective on the same date. Regulatory Notices: Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 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 DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477–78) or you may visit http:// www.Regulations.gov. The SLSDC is amending four sections of the Condition of Vessels portion of the joint Seaway regulations. In § 401.10, ‘‘Mooring lines’’, the two Corporations are permitting vessels not greater than 200 m in overall length to use soft lines instead of wire lines. Over the past 3 years, vessels greater than 150 m in overall length have been permitted to use type approved soft lines on a test basis, with successful results. Based on these same results, the SLSDC is amending § 401.11, ‘‘Minimum Requirements—mooring lines and fairleads’’ to permit the operator of E:\FR\FM\15MRR1.SGM 15MRR1 13745 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Rules and Regulations vessels of more than 150 m but not more than 200 m to use either soft or wire lines. In § 401.13, ‘‘Hand lines’’, the SLSDC is changing the maximum diameter of hand lines to 18 mm from 17 mm due to the fact that 17 mm lines are no longer available. The change to § 401.17, ‘‘Pitch indicators and alarms,’’ will make a minor administrative change by removing the effective date for the requirement. In the Seaway Navigation portion of the regulations, the two Corporations are making changes in several sections. Section 401.29, ‘‘Maximum draft’’, is restructured in order to clarify the requirements for use of an operational Draft Information System. In § 401.37, ‘‘Mooring at tie-up walls’’, the Seaway Corporations are requiring that crew members handling lines on tie-up walls wear approved personal flotation devices instead of life jackets that can be can be unsafe due to their bulky nature. The SLSDC is changing the requirement in § 401.45, ‘‘Emergency procedures’’, to make clear that when a vessel is entering the locks too fast in an emergency situation, the vessel will not be required to deploy mooring lines. In the Information and Reports section, a change to § 401.79, ‘‘Advance notice of arrival, vessels requiring inspection’’ is being made that would require all foreign flagged vessels of 300 GRT or above to submit an electronic Notice of Arrival. The other changes to the joint regulations are merely editorial or to clarify existing requirements. Regulatory Evaluation This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and therefore Executive Order 12866 does Paperwork Reduction Act not apply and evaluation under the Department of Transportation’s Regulatory Policies and Procedures is not required. Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules primarily relate to commercial users of the Seaway, the vast majority of who are foreign vessel operators. Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels. Environmental Impact This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.) because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment. Federalism The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and have determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment. Unfunded Mandates This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review. List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 401 Hazardous materials transportation, Navigation (water), Penalties, Radio, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Vessels, Waterways. Accordingly, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is amending 33 CFR part 401, Regulations and Rules, as follows: PART 401—SEAWAY REGULATIONS AND RULES Subpart A—Regulations 1. The authority citation for subpart A of part 401 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 983(a) and 984(a)(4), as amended; 49 CFR 1.52, unless otherwise noted. 2. In § 401.10: a. Revise paragraph (b); and b. In the table in paragraph (d), revise the fifth entry. The revisions read as follows: ■ ■ ■ § 401.10 Mooring lines. * The Corporation has analyzed this rule under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–4, 109 Stat. 48) and determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written statement of economic and regulatory alternatives. * * * * (b) Unless otherwise permitted by an officer, vessels greater than 200 m shall only use wire mooring lines with a breaking strength that complies with the minimum specifications set out in the table to this section shall be used for securing a vessel in lock chambers. * * * * * (d) * * * TABLE Length of mooring line Overall length of ships * * * * * * More than 180 m but not more than 225.5 m ......................................................................................................................... * * * asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * * 3. In § 401.12, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 401.12 Minimum requirements—mooring lines and fairleads. (a) Unless otherwise permitted by the officer the minimum requirements in respect to mooring lines which shall be available for securing on either side of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 * * the vessel, winches and the location of fairleads on vessels are as follows: (1) Vessels of 100 m or less in overall length shall have at least three mooring lines—wires or synthetic hawsers, two of which shall be independently power operated and one if synthetic, may be hand held. (i) One line shall lead forward from the break of the bow and one line shall PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * 110 m .... Breaking strength * 35 MT. * lead astern from the quarter and be independently power operated by winches, capstans or windlasses and lead through closed chocks or fairleads acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation; and (ii) One synthetic hawser may be hand held or if wire line is used shall be powered. The line shall lead astern E:\FR\FM\15MRR1.SGM 15MRR1 13746 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Rules and Regulations from the break of the bow through a closed chock to suitable bitts on deck for synthetic line or led from a capstan, winch drums or windlass to an approved fairlead for a wire line. (2) Vessels of more than 100 m but not more than 150 m in overall length shall have three mooring lines—wires or synthetic hawsers, which shall be independently power operated by winches, capstans or windlasses. (i) All lines shall be led through closed chocks or fairleads acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation. (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one shall lead astern from the break of the bow and one mooring line shall lead astern from the quarter. (3) Vessels of more than 150 m but not more than 200 m in overall length shall have four mooring lines, wires or synthetic hawsers, which shall be independently power operated by winches. (i) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall lead astern from the break of the bow. (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall lead astern from the quarter. (iii) All lines shall be led through a type of fairlead acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation. (4) Vessels of more than 200 m in overall length shall have four mooring lines—wires, independently power operated by the main drums of adequate power operated winches as follows: (i) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall lead astern from the break of the bow. (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall lead astern from the quarter. (iii) All lines shall be led through a type of fairlead acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation. (5) Every vessel shall have a minimum of two spare mooring lines available and ready for immediate use. * * * * * ■ 4. In § 401.13, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows: § 401.13 Hand lines. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES * * * * * (b) Be of uniform thickness and have a diameter of not less than 12 mm and not more than 18 mm and a minimum length of 30 m. The ends of the lines shall be back spliced or tapered; and * * * * * ■ 5. In § 401.17, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows: § 401.17 Pitch indicators and alarms. * * * * * (b) Visible and audible pitch alarms, with a time delay of not greater than 8 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 seconds, in the wheelhouse and engineer room to indicate wrong pitch. * * * * * ■ 6. In § 401.29, revise paragraph (c) and remove paragraphs (d) through (h) to read as follows: § 401.29 Maximum draft. * * * * * (c) Any vessel will be permitted to load at an increased draft of not more than 7 cm above the maximum permissible draft in effect as prescribed under paragraph (b) of this section if it is equipped with a Draft Information System (DIS) and meets the following: (1) An operational Draft Information System (DIS) approved by a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) as compliant with the Implementation Specifications found at www.greatlakesseaway.com and having on board: (i) An operational AIS with accuracy = 1 (DGPS); and (ii) Up-to-date electronic navigational charts; and (iii) Up-to-date charts containing high resolution bathymetric data; and (2) The DIS Tool Display shall be located close to the primary conning position, be visible and legible; and equipped with a pilot plug, if using a portable DIS. (i) Verification document of the DIS must be kept on board the vessel at all times and made available for inspection. (ii) A company letter attesting to officer training on use of the DIS must be kept on board and made available for inspection. (iii) In every navigation season, a vessel intending to use the DIS must notify the Manager of the Corporation in writing at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of its initial transit in the System with the DIS. (iv) If for any reason the DIS or AIS becomes inoperable, malfunctions or is not used while the vessel is transiting at a draft greater than the maximum permissible draft prescribed under paragraph (b) of this section in effect at the time, the vessel must notify the Manager or the Corporation immediately. ■ 7. In § 401.37, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows: § 401.37 Mooring at tie-up walls. * * * * * (b) Crew members being put ashore on landing booms and handling mooring lines on tie-up walls shall wear approved personal flotation devices. * * * * * ■ 8. Revise § 401.44 to read as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 § 401.44 Mooring in locks. (a) Mooring lines shall only be placed on mooring posts as directed by the officer in charge of the mooring operation. (b) No winch from which a mooring line runs shall be operated until the officer in charge of a mooring operation has signaled that the line has been placed on a mooring post. (c) Once the mooring lines are on the mooring posts, lines shall be kept slack until the ‘‘all clear’’ signal is given by the lock personnel. When casting off signal is received, mooring lines shall be kept slack until the ‘‘all clear’’ signal is given by the lock personnel. (d) Vessels being moored by ‘‘Hands Free Mooring’’ system (HFM) shall have a minimum of 2 well rested crew members on deck during the lockage. ■ 9. Revise § 401.45 to read as follows: § 401.45 Emergency procedure. When the speed of a vessel entering a lock chamber has to be checked, the master shall take all necessary precautions to stop the vessel in order to avoid contact with lock structures. At no time shall the vessel deploy its anchors to stop the vessel when entering a lock chamber. ■ 10. Revise § 401.47 to read as follows: § 401.47 Leaving a lock. (a) Mooring lines shall only be cast off as directed by the officer in charge of a mooring operation. (b) No vessel shall proceed out of a lock until the exit gates, ship arresters and the bridge, if any, are in a fully open position. (c) When ‘‘Hands Free Mooring system (HFM) is used, no vessel shall use its engine(s) until the lock operator provides the ‘‘all clear’’ instruction. (68 Stat. 93–96, 33 U.S.C. 981–990, as amended and secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 of sec. 2 of Pub. L. 95–474, 92 Stat. 1471) ■ 11. In § 401.79, revise paragraph (a) introductory text to read as follows: § 401.79 Advance notice of arrival, vessels requiring inspection. (a) Advance notice of arrival. All foreign flagged vessels of 300 GRT or above intending to transit the Seaway shall submit a completed electronic Notice of Arrival (NOA) prior to entering at call in point 2 (CIP2) as follows: * * * * * ■ 12. In § 401.80, add paragraph (c) to read as follows: § 401.80 * E:\FR\FM\15MRR1.SGM * Reporting dangerous cargo. * 15MRR1 * * Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 15, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (c) Vessels carrying ‘‘Certain Dangerous Cargo’’ (CDC) as defined in the United States Coast Guard regulations 33 CFR 160.202, which is the same as the definition in the Transport Canada ‘‘Marine Transportation Security Regulations’’ (MTSR’s), shall report the ‘‘Certain Dangerous Cargo’’ to the nearest Seaway station prior to a Seaway transit. * * * * * ■ 13. In appendix I to subpart A, revise the Caution statement to read as follows: Appendix I to Subpart A of Part 401— Vessel Dimensions * * * * * Caution: Masters must take into account the ballast draft of the vessel when verifying the maximum permissible dimensions. Bridge wings, antennas, masts and, in some cases, the samson posts or store cranes could be outside the limits of the block diagram and could override the lock wall. Masters and pilots must take this into consideration and exercise extreme caution when entering or exiting locks to ensure that the vessel does not contact any of the structures on the lock. * * * * * Procurement, Contract and Grant Policy Division, via email at manuel.quinones@nasa.gov, or telephone (202) 358–2143. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background NASA published a final rule in the Federal Register on March 12, 2015, which became effective April 13, 2015. This rule is part of the NASA FAR Supplement regulatory review. As published, the rule contained errors that require the following changes: • Revise section 1845.107–70(a)(1) to correct the title of the prescribed clause to ‘‘Contractor Requests for Government-furnished Property.’’ • Revise section 1852.227–70 clause title to ‘‘NEW TECHNOLOGY—OTHER THAN A SMALL BUSINESS FIRM OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.’’ • Revise section 1852.245–70 clause title to ‘‘Contractor Requests for Government-furnished Property.’’ • Update the authority citation of several NFS parts. List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 1802, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1839, 1841, 1843, 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852 Issued at Washington, DC, on March 10, 2016. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Carrie Lavigne, Chief Counsel. Government procurement. [FR Doc. 2016–05798 Filed 3–14–16; 8:45 am] 48 CFR Parts 1802, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1839, 1841, 1843, 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852 RIN 2700–AE01 and 2700–AE09 NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Correction National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ACTION: Correcting amendments. AGENCY: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:19 Mar 14, 2016 Jkt 238001 PARTS 1802, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1839, 1841, 1843, 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for parts 1802, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1839, 1841, 1843, 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852 is revised to read as follows: ■ The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 12, 2015 (80 FR 12935), as part of the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS) regulatory review. That final rule contained errors that need to be corrected. DATES: Effective: March 15, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Manuel Quinones, NASA, Office of SUMMARY: Authority: 51 U.S.C. 20113(a) and 48 CFR chapter 1. PART 1845—GOVERNMENT PROPERTY 1845.107–70 [Amended] 2. Amend section 1845.107–70(a)(1) by removing ‘‘Government-Provided ■ PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 PART 1852—SOLICITATION PROVISIONS AND CONTRACT CLAUSES 1852.227–70 [Amended] 3. Amend section 1852.227–70 by removing ‘‘NEW TECHNOLOGY’’ and adding ‘‘NEW TECHNOLOGY—OTHER THAN A SMALL BUSINESS FIRM OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION’’ in its place. ■ 4. Revise section 1852.245–70 heading and title of the clause to read as follows: ■ 1852.245–70 Contractor requests for Government-furnished equipment. * * * * * CONTRACTOR REQUESTS FOR GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED PROPERTY (AUG 2015) * * * * * [FR Doc. 2016–05803 Filed 3–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 48 CFR Parts 2404, 2406, 2408, 2409, 2411, 2415, 2427, 2428, 2432, 2437, 2444, and 2452 RIN 2501–AD73 Accordingly, 48 CFR parts 1802, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1811, 1813, 1814, 1815, 1822, 1824, 1825, 1828, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1833, 1834, 1835, 1836, 1839, 1841, 1843, 1844, 1847, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852 are amended as follows: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION Property’’ and adding ‘‘Governmentfurnished Property’’ in its place. [Docket No. FR–5814–F–02] Manuel Quinones, NASA FAR Supplement Manager. BILLING CODE 4910–61–P 13747 Amendments to the HUD Acquisition Regulation (HUDAR) Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, HUD. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This final rule amends the HUDAR to implement miscellaneous changes necessary to update the HUDAR. These changes include a correction to the designation of Source Selection Authorities, limited delegation of Head of Contracting Activity authorities, incorporation of the HUDAR Matrix, addition of new clauses including clauses relating to labor categories and prices per hour, and postaward conferences. HUD is transitioning to the Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Fiscal Services’ Invoice Platform Processing System (IPP), and this final rule revises clauses related to payments and invoicing to take into account both the situations where invoicing and payment will not be made through the IPP and where invoices are required to be submitted electronically through the IPP. This final rule also clarifies that where funding has been made available for a contract, and the limit of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15MRR1.SGM 15MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

33 CFR Part 401

[Docket No. SLSDC-2016-0004]
RIN 2135-AA39


Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories

AGENCY: Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and 
the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under 
international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the 
St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in 
Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the 
SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the 
Seaway Regulations and Rules in various categories. The changes will 
update the following sections of the Regulations and Rules: Condition 
of Vessels; Seaway Navigation; and, Information and Reports. These 
amendments are necessary to take account of updated procedures and will 
enhance the safety of transits through the Seaway. Several of the 
amendments are merely editorial or for clarification of existing 
requirements.

DATES: This final rule will be effective on March 21, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background 
documents or comments received, go to http://www.Regulations.gov; or in 
person at the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel, 
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 180 Andrews Street, 
Massena, New York 13662; 315/764-3200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation 
(SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and 
presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules 
(Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. 
Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint 
regulations by updating the Regulations and Rules in various 
categories. The changes will update the following sections of the 
Regulations and Rules: Condition of Vessels; Seaway Navigation; and, 
Information and Reports. These updates are necessary to take account of 
updated procedures which will enhance the safety of transits through 
the Seaway. Many of these changes are to clarify existing requirements 
in the regulations. Where new requirements or regulations are made, an 
explanation for such a change is provided below. A Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2016 
(81 FR 6198). No comments were received. The joint regulations will 
become effective in Canada on March 21, 2016. For consistency, because 
these are joint regulations under international agreement, and to avoid 
confusion among users of the Seaway, the SLSDC finds that there is good 
cause to make the U.S. version of the amendments effective on the same 
date.
    Regulatory Notices: Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the 
electronic form of all 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 DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 
19477-78) or you may visit http://www.Regulations.gov.
    The SLSDC is amending four sections of the Condition of Vessels 
portion of the joint Seaway regulations. In Sec.  401.10, ``Mooring 
lines'', the two Corporations are permitting vessels not greater than 
200 m in overall length to use soft lines instead of wire lines. Over 
the past 3 years, vessels greater than 150 m in overall length have 
been permitted to use type approved soft lines on a test basis, with 
successful results. Based on these same results, the SLSDC is amending 
Sec.  401.11, ``Minimum Requirements--mooring lines and fairleads'' to 
permit the operator of

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vessels of more than 150 m but not more than 200 m to use either soft 
or wire lines.
    In Sec.  401.13, ``Hand lines'', the SLSDC is changing the maximum 
diameter of hand lines to 18 mm from 17 mm due to the fact that 17 mm 
lines are no longer available. The change to Sec.  401.17, ``Pitch 
indicators and alarms,'' will make a minor administrative change by 
removing the effective date for the requirement.
    In the Seaway Navigation portion of the regulations, the two 
Corporations are making changes in several sections. Section 401.29, 
``Maximum draft'', is restructured in order to clarify the requirements 
for use of an operational Draft Information System. In Sec.  401.37, 
``Mooring at tie-up walls'', the Seaway Corporations are requiring that 
crew members handling lines on tie-up walls wear approved personal 
flotation devices instead of life jackets that can be can be unsafe due 
to their bulky nature. The SLSDC is changing the requirement in Sec.  
401.45, ``Emergency procedures'', to make clear that when a vessel is 
entering the locks too fast in an emergency situation, the vessel will 
not be required to deploy mooring lines.
    In the Information and Reports section, a change to Sec.  401.79, 
``Advance notice of arrival, vessels requiring inspection'' is being 
made that would require all foreign flagged vessels of 300 GRT or above 
to submit an electronic Notice of Arrival.
    The other changes to the joint regulations are merely editorial or 
to clarify existing requirements.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United 
States and therefore Executive Order 12866 does not apply and 
evaluation under the Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures is not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination

    I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence 
Seaway Regulations and Rules primarily relate to commercial users of 
the Seaway, the vast majority of who are foreign vessel operators. 
Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels.

Environmental Impact

    This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement 
under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.) 
because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the 
quality of the human environment.

Federalism

    The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and 
criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and have 
determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism 
implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment.

Unfunded Mandates

    The Corporation has analyzed this rule under Title II of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48) and 
determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local, 
and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written 
statement of economic and regulatory alternatives.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection 
requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 401

    Hazardous materials transportation, Navigation (water), Penalties, 
Radio, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Vessels, Waterways.

    Accordingly, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is 
amending 33 CFR part 401, Regulations and Rules, as follows:

PART 401--SEAWAY REGULATIONS AND RULES

Subpart A--Regulations

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1. The authority citation for subpart A of part 401 continues to read 
as follows:

     Authority:  33 U.S.C. 983(a) and 984(a)(4), as amended; 49 CFR 
1.52, unless otherwise noted.


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2. In Sec.  401.10:
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a. Revise paragraph (b); and
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b. In the table in paragraph (d), revise the fifth entry.
    The revisions read as follows:


Sec.  401.10  Mooring lines.

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    (b) Unless otherwise permitted by an officer, vessels greater than 
200 m shall only use wire mooring lines with a breaking strength that 
complies with the minimum specifications set out in the table to this 
section shall be used for securing a vessel in lock chambers.
* * * * *
    (d) * * *

                                  Table
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                                    Length of mooring
      Overall length of ships              line        Breaking strength
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                              * * * * * * *
More than 180 m but not more than   110 m............  35 MT.
 225.5 m.
 
                              * * * * * * *
------------------------------------------------------------------------

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3. In Sec.  401.12, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.12  Minimum requirements--mooring lines and fairleads.

    (a) Unless otherwise permitted by the officer the minimum 
requirements in respect to mooring lines which shall be available for 
securing on either side of the vessel, winches and the location of 
fairleads on vessels are as follows:
    (1) Vessels of 100 m or less in overall length shall have at least 
three mooring lines--wires or synthetic hawsers, two of which shall be 
independently power operated and one if synthetic, may be hand held.
    (i) One line shall lead forward from the break of the bow and one 
line shall lead astern from the quarter and be independently power 
operated by winches, capstans or windlasses and lead through closed 
chocks or fairleads acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation; and
    (ii) One synthetic hawser may be hand held or if wire line is used 
shall be powered. The line shall lead astern

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from the break of the bow through a closed chock to suitable bitts on 
deck for synthetic line or led from a capstan, winch drums or windlass 
to an approved fairlead for a wire line.
    (2) Vessels of more than 100 m but not more than 150 m in overall 
length shall have three mooring lines--wires or synthetic hawsers, 
which shall be independently power operated by winches, capstans or 
windlasses.
    (i) All lines shall be led through closed chocks or fairleads 
acceptable to the Manager and the Corporation.
    (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one shall lead astern 
from the break of the bow and one mooring line shall lead astern from 
the quarter.
    (3) Vessels of more than 150 m but not more than 200 m in overall 
length shall have four mooring lines, wires or synthetic hawsers, which 
shall be independently power operated by winches.
    (i) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall 
lead astern from the break of the bow.
    (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall 
lead astern from the quarter.
    (iii) All lines shall be led through a type of fairlead acceptable 
to the Manager and the Corporation.
    (4) Vessels of more than 200 m in overall length shall have four 
mooring lines--wires, independently power operated by the main drums of 
adequate power operated winches as follows:
    (i) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall 
lead astern from the break of the bow.
    (ii) One mooring line shall lead forward and one mooring line shall 
lead astern from the quarter.
    (iii) All lines shall be led through a type of fairlead acceptable 
to the Manager and the Corporation.
    (5) Every vessel shall have a minimum of two spare mooring lines 
available and ready for immediate use.
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4. In Sec.  401.13, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.13  Hand lines.

* * * * *
    (b) Be of uniform thickness and have a diameter of not less than 12 
mm and not more than 18 mm and a minimum length of 30 m. The ends of 
the lines shall be back spliced or tapered; and
* * * * *

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5. In Sec.  401.17, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.17  Pitch indicators and alarms.

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    (b) Visible and audible pitch alarms, with a time delay of not 
greater than 8 seconds, in the wheelhouse and engineer room to indicate 
wrong pitch.
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6. In Sec.  401.29, revise paragraph (c) and remove paragraphs (d) 
through (h) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.29  Maximum draft.

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    (c) Any vessel will be permitted to load at an increased draft of 
not more than 7 cm above the maximum permissible draft in effect as 
prescribed under paragraph (b) of this section if it is equipped with a 
Draft Information System (DIS) and meets the following:
    (1) An operational Draft Information System (DIS) approved by a 
member of the International Association of Classification Societies 
(IACS) as compliant with the Implementation Specifications found at 
www.greatlakes-seaway.com and having on board:
    (i) An operational AIS with accuracy = 1 (DGPS); and
    (ii) Up-to-date electronic navigational charts; and
    (iii) Up-to-date charts containing high resolution bathymetric 
data; and
    (2) The DIS Tool Display shall be located close to the primary 
conning position, be visible and legible; and equipped with a pilot 
plug, if using a portable DIS.
    (i) Verification document of the DIS must be kept on board the 
vessel at all times and made available for inspection.
    (ii) A company letter attesting to officer training on use of the 
DIS must be kept on board and made available for inspection.
    (iii) In every navigation season, a vessel intending to use the DIS 
must notify the Manager of the Corporation in writing at least 24 hours 
prior to the commencement of its initial transit in the System with the 
DIS.
    (iv) If for any reason the DIS or AIS becomes inoperable, 
malfunctions or is not used while the vessel is transiting at a draft 
greater than the maximum permissible draft prescribed under paragraph 
(b) of this section in effect at the time, the vessel must notify the 
Manager or the Corporation immediately.

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7. In Sec.  401.37, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.37  Mooring at tie-up walls.

* * * * *
    (b) Crew members being put ashore on landing booms and handling 
mooring lines on tie-up walls shall wear approved personal flotation 
devices.
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8. Revise Sec.  401.44 to read as follows:


Sec.  401.44  Mooring in locks.

    (a) Mooring lines shall only be placed on mooring posts as directed 
by the officer in charge of the mooring operation.
    (b) No winch from which a mooring line runs shall be operated until 
the officer in charge of a mooring operation has signaled that the line 
has been placed on a mooring post.
    (c) Once the mooring lines are on the mooring posts, lines shall be 
kept slack until the ``all clear'' signal is given by the lock 
personnel. When casting off signal is received, mooring lines shall be 
kept slack until the ``all clear'' signal is given by the lock 
personnel.
    (d) Vessels being moored by ``Hands Free Mooring'' system (HFM) 
shall have a minimum of 2 well rested crew members on deck during the 
lockage.

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9. Revise Sec.  401.45 to read as follows:


Sec.  401.45  Emergency procedure.

    When the speed of a vessel entering a lock chamber has to be 
checked, the master shall take all necessary precautions to stop the 
vessel in order to avoid contact with lock structures. At no time shall 
the vessel deploy its anchors to stop the vessel when entering a lock 
chamber.

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10. Revise Sec.  401.47 to read as follows:


Sec.  401.47  Leaving a lock.

    (a) Mooring lines shall only be cast off as directed by the officer 
in charge of a mooring operation.
    (b) No vessel shall proceed out of a lock until the exit gates, 
ship arresters and the bridge, if any, are in a fully open position.
    (c) When ``Hands Free Mooring system (HFM) is used, no vessel shall 
use its engine(s) until the lock operator provides the ``all clear'' 
instruction.


(68 Stat. 93-96, 33 U.S.C. 981-990, as amended and secs. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 
12 and 13 of sec. 2 of Pub. L. 95-474, 92 Stat. 1471)

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11. In Sec.  401.79, revise paragraph (a) introductory text to read as 
follows:


Sec.  401.79  Advance notice of arrival, vessels requiring inspection.

    (a) Advance notice of arrival. All foreign flagged vessels of 300 
GRT or above intending to transit the Seaway shall submit a completed 
electronic Notice of Arrival (NOA) prior to entering at call in point 2 
(CIP2) as follows:
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12. In Sec.  401.80, add paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.80  Reporting dangerous cargo.

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    (c) Vessels carrying ``Certain Dangerous Cargo'' (CDC) as defined 
in the United States Coast Guard regulations 33 CFR 160.202, which is 
the same as the definition in the Transport Canada ``Marine 
Transportation Security Regulations'' (MTSR's), shall report the 
``Certain Dangerous Cargo'' to the nearest Seaway station prior to a 
Seaway transit.
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13. In appendix I to subpart A, revise the Caution statement to read as 
follows:

Appendix I to Subpart A of Part 401--Vessel Dimensions

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    Caution: Masters must take into account the ballast draft of the 
vessel when verifying the maximum permissible dimensions. Bridge 
wings, antennas, masts and, in some cases, the samson posts or store 
cranes could be outside the limits of the block diagram and could 
override the lock wall. Masters and pilots must take this into 
consideration and exercise extreme caution when entering or exiting 
locks to ensure that the vessel does not contact any of the 
structures on the lock.
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    Issued at Washington, DC, on March 10, 2016.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Carrie Lavigne,
Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2016-05798 Filed 3-14-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-61-P