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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 55 / Tuesday, March 22, 2016 / Notices ACTION: Notice. The Coast Guard announces that it is removing the conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the country of the Republic of Cuba. DATES: The policy announced in this notice is effective on March 22, 2016. ADDRESSES: This notice is part of docket USCG–2016–0201 and is available online by going to http:// www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG– 2016–0201 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, contact Mr. Michael Brown, Office of Domestic and International Port Security, United States Coast Guard, telephone 202–372–1081 and email Michael.W.Brown@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: this Notice, the ‘‘Unauthorized Entry into Cuban Territorial Waters’’ regulations located at 33 CFR part 107 remain in effect. This notice is issued under authority of 46 U.S.C. 70110(d). Dated: March 16, 2016. Fred M. Midgette, Vice Admiral, USCG, Deputy Commandant for Operations. [FR Doc. 2016–06431 Filed 3–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2016–0165] Port Access Route Study (PARS): In Nantucket Sound asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background and Purpose AGENCY: Section 70110 of title 46, United States Code, enacted as part of section 102(a) of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–295, Nov. 25, 2002) authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to impose conditions of entry on vessels requesting entry into the United States arriving from ports that are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. It also requires public notice of the ineffective anti-terrorism measures. The Secretary has delegated to the Coast Guard authority to carry out the provisions of this section. Previous notices have imposed or removed conditions of entry on vessels arriving from certain countries, and those conditions of entry and the countries they pertain to remain in effect unless modified by this notice. On April 4, 2008 the Coast Guard published a Notice of Policy in the Federal Register, (73 FR 18546), announcing that it had determined that ports in the Republic of Cuba were not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures, and imposed conditions of entry. Based on port assessments conducted in February 2016, the Coast Guard has determined that the Republic of Cuba is now maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures, and is accordingly removing the conditions of entry announced in the previously published Notice of Policy. With this notice, the current list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures is as follows: Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela and Yemen. Notwithstanding ACTION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Mar 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of study; request for comments. The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to determine whether it should revise existing regulations to improve navigation safety in Nantucket Sound due to factors such as increased vessels traffic, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before June 20, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, or view documents noted to be available in the docket, and comments made in response to this notice using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http:// www.regulations.gov), docket USCG– 2016–0165. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, email D01-SMB-NantucketPARS@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this study 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. A. Submitting Comments: You may submit your comments and material online via http://www.regulations.gov. Type ‘‘USCG–2016–0165’’ into the search bar and click search, next to the displayed search results click ‘‘Comment Now’’, which will open the comment page for this study. We will PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15327 consider all comments and material received during the comment period. B. 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 ‘‘USCG– 2016–0165’’ into the search bar and click search, next to the displayed search results click ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’, which will display all comments and documents associated with this study. C. Public Meeting: The Coast Guard may hold public meeting(s) if there is sufficient public interest. You must submit a request for one on or before April 12, 2016. You may submit your request for a public meeting online via http://www.regulations.gov. Please explain why you believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that a public meeting would aid in the study, we will hold a meeting at a time and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register. D. 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). II. Definitions The following definitions (except ‘‘Regulated Navigation Area’’) are from the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) publication ‘‘Ships’ Routing’’ Tenth Edition 2010 and should help you review this notice: Area to be avoided (ATBA) means a routing measure comprising an area within defined limits in which either navigation is particularly hazardous or it is exceptionally important to avoid casualties and which should be avoided by all ships, or certain classes of ships. Deep-water route means a route within defined limits, which has been accurately surveyed for clearance of sea bottom and submerged obstacles as indicated on the chart. Inshore traffic zone means a routing measure comprising a designated area between the landward boundary of a traffic separation scheme and the adjacent coast, to be used in accordance with the provisions of Rule 10(d), as amended, of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS). Precautionary area means a routing measure comprising an area within defined limits where ships must E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 15328 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 55 / Tuesday, March 22, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES navigate with particular caution and within which the direction of traffic flow may be recommended. Recommended route means a route of undefined width, for the convenience of ships in transit, which is often marked by centerline buoys. Recommended track is a route which has been specially examined to ensure so far as possible that it is free of dangers and along which vessels are advised to navigate. Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) means a water area within a defined boundary for which regulations for vessels navigating within the area have been established under 33 CFR part 165. Roundabout means a routing measure comprising a separation point or circular separation zone and a circular traffic lane within defined limits. Traffic within the roundabout is separated by moving in a counterclockwise direction around the separation point or zone. Separation zone or separation line means a zone or line separating the traffic lanes in which ships are proceeding in opposite or nearly opposite directions; or separating a traffic lane from the adjacent sea area; or separating traffic lanes designated for particular classes of ship proceeding in the same direction. Traffic lane means an area within defined limits in which one-way traffic is established. Natural obstacles, including those forming separation zones, may constitute a boundary. Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) means a routing measure aimed at the separation of opposing streams of traffic by appropriate means and by the establishment of traffic lanes. Two-way route means a route within defined limits inside which two-way traffic is established, aimed at providing safe passage of ships through waters where navigation is difficult or dangerous. Vessel routing system means any system of one or more routes or routing measures aimed at reducing the risk of casualties; it includes traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, areas to be avoided, no anchoring areas, inshore traffic zones, roundabouts, precautionary areas, and deep-water routes. III. Background and Purpose A. Section 310 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act, Public Law 114–120 signed by the President on February 8, 2016, directs the Commandant of the Coast Guard to complete and submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Mar 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 Transportation of the Senate a Port Access Route Study (PARS) of Nantucket Sound using the standards and methodology of the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study, to determine whether the Coast Guard should revise existing regulations to improve navigation safety in Nantucket Sound due to factors such as increased vessel traffic, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. The Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study contained in the ‘‘marine planning guidelines’’ of the Study are included in the docket for this notice. B. The purpose of this notice is to announce commencement of this PARS and to solicit public comments. We encourage you to participate in the study process by submitting comments in response to this notice. Comments should address impacts to navigation in Nantucket Sound resulting from factors such as increased vessel traffic, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. IV. This PARS: Timeline, Study Area, and Process The First Coast Guard District will conduct this PARS. The study will commence upon publication of this notice and may take 10 months to complete. The study area is described as Nantucket Sound, an area bounded by a line connecting the following geographic positions, including the entrance and exit routes to the sound but not the individual harbors. • 41°41′ N., 070°00′ W.; • 41°20′ N., 070°00′ W.; • 41°16′ N., 070°15′ W. • 41°28′ N., 070°40′ W.; and • 41°34′ N., 070°40′ W.; An illustration showing the study area is available in the docket. We will publish the results of the PARS in the Federal Register. It is possible that the study may validate the status quo (no routing measures) and conclude that no changes are necessary. It is also possible that the study may recommend one or more changes to address navigational safety and the efficiency of vessel traffic management. The recommendations may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate international agreements. This notice is published under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: March 10, 2016. L. L. Fagan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–06424 Filed 3–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P PO 00000 Frm 00109 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [CIS No. 2579–15; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2014–0011] RIN 1615–ZB47 Extension of the Designation of Liberia for Temporary Protected Status U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Through this Notice, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) is extending the designation of Liberia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 6 months, from May 22, 2016, through November 21, 2016. The extension allows currently eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through November 21, 2016, so long as they otherwise continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS. 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Certain nationals of Liberia (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia) who have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late initial registration provisions if they meet (1) at least one of the late initial filing criteria, and (2) all TPS eligibility criteria (including continuous residence in the United States since November 20, 2014, and continuous physical presence in the United States since November 21, 2014). For individuals who have already been granted TPS under Liberia’s designation, the 60-day re-registration period runs from March 22, 2016 through May 23, 2016. USCIS will issue new EADs with a November 21, 2016, expiration date to eligible Liberia TPS SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 55 (Tuesday, March 22, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2016-0165]


Port Access Route Study (PARS): In Nantucket Sound

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of study; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) 
to determine whether it should revise existing regulations to improve 
navigation safety in Nantucket Sound due to factors such as increased 
vessels traffic, changing vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, 
or navigational difficulty.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before June 
20, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, or view documents noted to be 
available in the docket, and comments made in response to this notice 
using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov), 
docket USCG-2016-0165.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, 
email D01-SMB-NantucketPARS@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this study 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.
    A. Submitting Comments: You may submit your comments and material 
online via http://www.regulations.gov. Type ``USCG-2016-0165'' into the 
search bar and click search, next to the displayed search results click 
``Comment Now'', which will open the comment page for this study. We 
will consider all comments and material received during the comment 
period.
    B. 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 ``USCG-2016-0165'' into the 
search bar and click search, next to the displayed search results click 
``Open Docket Folder'', which will display all comments and documents 
associated with this study.
    C. Public Meeting: The Coast Guard may hold public meeting(s) if 
there is sufficient public interest. You must submit a request for one 
on or before April 12, 2016. You may submit your request for a public 
meeting online via http://www.regulations.gov. Please explain why you 
believe a public meeting would be beneficial. If we determine that a 
public meeting would aid in the study, we will hold a meeting at a time 
and place announced by a later notice in the Federal Register.
    D. 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).

II. Definitions

    The following definitions (except ``Regulated Navigation Area'') 
are from the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) publication 
``Ships' Routing'' Tenth Edition 2010 and should help you review this 
notice:
    Area to be avoided (ATBA) means a routing measure comprising an 
area within defined limits in which either navigation is particularly 
hazardous or it is exceptionally important to avoid casualties and 
which should be avoided by all ships, or certain classes of ships.
    Deep-water route means a route within defined limits, which has 
been accurately surveyed for clearance of sea bottom and submerged 
obstacles as indicated on the chart.
    Inshore traffic zone means a routing measure comprising a 
designated area between the landward boundary of a traffic separation 
scheme and the adjacent coast, to be used in accordance with the 
provisions of Rule 10(d), as amended, of the International Regulations 
for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS).
    Precautionary area means a routing measure comprising an area 
within defined limits where ships must

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navigate with particular caution and within which the direction of 
traffic flow may be recommended.
    Recommended route means a route of undefined width, for the 
convenience of ships in transit, which is often marked by centerline 
buoys.
    Recommended track is a route which has been specially examined to 
ensure so far as possible that it is free of dangers and along which 
vessels are advised to navigate.
    Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) means a water area within a defined 
boundary for which regulations for vessels navigating within the area 
have been established under 33 CFR part 165.
    Roundabout means a routing measure comprising a separation point or 
circular separation zone and a circular traffic lane within defined 
limits. Traffic within the roundabout is separated by moving in a 
counterclockwise direction around the separation point or zone.
    Separation zone or separation line means a zone or line separating 
the traffic lanes in which ships are proceeding in opposite or nearly 
opposite directions; or separating a traffic lane from the adjacent sea 
area; or separating traffic lanes designated for particular classes of 
ship proceeding in the same direction.
    Traffic lane means an area within defined limits in which one-way 
traffic is established. Natural obstacles, including those forming 
separation zones, may constitute a boundary.
    Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) means a routing measure aimed at 
the separation of opposing streams of traffic by appropriate means and 
by the establishment of traffic lanes.
    Two-way route means a route within defined limits inside which two-
way traffic is established, aimed at providing safe passage of ships 
through waters where navigation is difficult or dangerous.
    Vessel routing system means any system of one or more routes or 
routing measures aimed at reducing the risk of casualties; it includes 
traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, areas 
to be avoided, no anchoring areas, inshore traffic zones, roundabouts, 
precautionary areas, and deep-water routes.

III. Background and Purpose

    A. Section 310 of the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act, Public 
Law 114-120 signed by the President on February 8, 2016, directs the 
Commandant of the Coast Guard to complete and submit to the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives 
and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the 
Senate a Port Access Route Study (PARS) of Nantucket Sound using the 
standards and methodology of the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route 
Study, to determine whether the Coast Guard should revise existing 
regulations to improve navigation safety in Nantucket Sound due to 
factors such as increased vessel traffic, changing vessel traffic 
patterns, weather conditions, or navigational difficulty. The Atlantic 
Coast Port Access Route Study contained in the ``marine planning 
guidelines'' of the Study are included in the docket for this notice.
    B. The purpose of this notice is to announce commencement of this 
PARS and to solicit public comments. We encourage you to participate in 
the study process by submitting comments in response to this notice. 
Comments should address impacts to navigation in Nantucket Sound 
resulting from factors such as increased vessel traffic, changing 
vessel traffic patterns, weather conditions, or navigational 
difficulty.

IV. This PARS: Timeline, Study Area, and Process

    The First Coast Guard District will conduct this PARS. The study 
will commence upon publication of this notice and may take 10 months to 
complete.
    The study area is described as Nantucket Sound, an area bounded by 
a line connecting the following geographic positions, including the 
entrance and exit routes to the sound but not the individual harbors.
     41[deg]41' N., 070[deg]00' W.;
     41[deg]20' N., 070[deg]00' W.;
     41[deg]16' N., 070[deg]15' W.
     41[deg]28' N., 070[deg]40' W.; and
     41[deg]34' N., 070[deg]40' W.;
    An illustration showing the study area is available in the docket.
    We will publish the results of the PARS in the Federal Register. It 
is possible that the study may validate the status quo (no routing 
measures) and conclude that no changes are necessary. It is also 
possible that the study may recommend one or more changes to address 
navigational safety and the efficiency of vessel traffic management. 
The recommendations may lead to future rulemakings or appropriate 
international agreements.
    This notice is published under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: March 10, 2016.
L. L. Fagan,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
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