Policy for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels, 44230-44231 [2016-16113]

Download as PDF Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES 44230 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 130 / Thursday, July 7, 2016 / Rules and Regulations the agencies critical to promoting the development and use of beneficial alternatives for dredged material. State participation on the LIS RDT and Steering Committee is voluntary. The Steering Committee is charged with: Establishing a baseline for the volume and percentage of dredged material being beneficially used and placed at the open-water sites; establishing a reasonable and practicable series of stepped objectives, including timeframes, to increase the percentage of beneficially used material while reducing the percentage and amount being disposed in open water, and while recognizing that the amounts of dredged material generated by the dredging program will naturally fluctuate from year to year; and developing accurate methods to track the placement of dredged material, with due consideration for annual fluctuations. The stepped objectives should incorporate an adaptive management approach while aiming for continuous improvement. When tracking progress the Steering Committee should recognize that exceptional circumstances may result in delays in meeting an objective. Exceptional circumstances should be infrequent, irregular, and unpredictable. It is expected that each of the member agencies will commit the necessary resources to support the LIS RDT and Steering Committee’s work, including the collection of data necessary to support establishing the baseline and tracking and reporting on the future disposition of dredged material. The Steering Committee may utilize the LIS RDT, as appropriate, to carry out the tasks assigned to it. The Steering Committee, with the support of the LIS RDT, will guide a concerted effort to encourage greater use of beneficial use alternatives, including piloting alternatives, identifying possible resources, and eliminating regulatory barriers, as appropriate. (F) The goal of the Long Island Sound Regional Dredging Team (LIS RDT), working in cooperation with, and support of, the Steering Committee, is to reduce or eliminate wherever practicable the open-water disposal of dredged material. The LIS RDT’s purpose, geographic scope, membership, organization, and procedures are provided as follows: (1) Purpose. The LIS RDT will: (i) Review dredging projects and make recommendations as described in paragraph (vi)(C) above. The LIS RDT will report to the USACE on its review of dredging projects within 30 days of receipt of project information. Project proponents should consult with the LIS VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:01 Jul 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 RDT early in the development of those projects to ensure that alternatives to open-water placement are fully considered. (ii) Assist the Steering Committee in: Establishing a baseline for the volume and percentage of dredged material being beneficially used and placed at the open water sites; establishing a reasonable and practicable series of stepped objectives, including timeframes, to increase the percentage of beneficially used material while reducing the percentage and amount being disposed in open water, recognizing that the volume of dredged material generated by the dredging program will naturally fluctuate from year to year; and developing accurate methods to track and report on the placement of dredged material, with due consideration for annual fluctuations. (iii) In coordination with the Steering Committee, serve as a forum for: Continuing exploration of new beneficial use alternatives to open-water disposal; matching the availability of beneficial use alternatives with dredging projects; exploring cost-sharing opportunities; and promoting opportunities for beneficial use of clean, parent marine sediments often generated in the development of CAD cells. (iv) Assist the USACE and EPA in continuing long-term efforts to monitor dredging impacts in Long Island Sound, including supporting the USACE’s DAMOS (Disposal Area Monitoring System) program and related efforts to study the long-term effects of openwater placement of dredged material. (2) Geographic scope. The geographic scope of the LIS RDT includes all of Long Island Sound and adjacent waters landward of the seaward boundary of the territorial sea (three-mile limit) or, in other words, from Throgs Neck to a line three miles seaward of the baseline across western Block Island Sound. (3) Membership. The LIS RDT shall be comprised of representatives from the states of Connecticut and New York, EPA, USACE, and, as appropriate, other federal and state agencies. As previously noted, state participation on the LIS RDT is voluntary. (4) Organization and procedures. Specific details regarding structure (e.g., chair, committees, working groups) and process shall be determined by the LIS RDT and may be revised as necessary to best accomplish the team’s purpose. (G) If the volume of open-water disposal of dredged material, as measured in 2026, has not declined or been maintained over the prior ten years, then any party may petition EPA PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 to conduct a rulemaking to amend the restrictions on the use of the sites. * * * * * (5) Western Long Island Sound Dredged Material Disposal Site (WLDS). * * * * * (v) Period of use: Continuing use. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2016–16147 Filed 7–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 46 CFR Parts 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 [Docket No. USCG–2016–0611] Policy for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of availability. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03–16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels. This NVIC provides guidance to mariners concerning regulations governing endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials for service on towing vessels. DATES: The policy announced in NVIC 03–16 is effective on July 7, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about NVIC 03–16, call or email Luke B. Harden, Mariner Credentialing Program Policy Division (CG–CVC–4), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202–372–2357, or MMCPolicy@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Viewing Documents Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03–16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels is available in the docket for this notice of availability and can also be viewed by going to http://www.uscg.mil/ nmc and clicking on ‘‘STCW,’’ then click on ‘‘2014 NVIC Updates.’’ To view NVIC 03–16 in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2016– 0611 in the ‘‘Search’’ box and click ‘‘Search.’’ Discussion On December 24, 2014, the Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register (78 FR 77796) amending Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, to implement the International Convention on Standards E:\FR\FM\07JYR1.SGM 07JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 130 / Thursday, July 7, 2016 / Rules and Regulations of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended 1978 (STCW Convention), including the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention, and the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code. The rule also made changes to reorganize, clarify, and update regulations for credentialing merchant mariners. NVIC 03–16 describes policy for merchant mariners to qualify for and renew endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials for service on towing vessels. Notable provisions of this NVIC include: 1. Providing guidance on grandfathering provisions contained in the rule published December 24, 2014 (78 FR 77796). 2. Revising the ‘‘Frequently Asked Questions’’ to include discussion of the provisions of the new rule, and to include questions that have arisen with regularity since publication of the predecessor NVIC 04–01. 3. Revising the Towing Officer Assessment Records (TOARs) to include guidance to Designated Examiners on how to perform assessment of the tasks in the TOARs and to add certain tasks necessary to fully assess the competence of candidates for endorsements. For example, the task ‘‘Maneuver through a bridge’’ was added to the Near Coastal/ Oceans TOAR as this TOAR is for an endorsement that will be valid where bridges are common. 4. Providing additional guidance on TOARs restricted to Local Limited Areas. 5. Providing guidance on endorsements that will be restricted to routes without locks and to service upon harbor-assist vessels or Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) and Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) vessels. Authority This notice of availability is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: June 30, 2016. V.B. Gifford, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director, Inspection and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2016–16113 Filed 7–6–16; 8:45 am] Lhorne on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 9110–04–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:01 Jul 06, 2016 Jkt 238001 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 73 [MB Docket No. 16–123; RM–11766; DA 16– 711] Television Broadcasting Services; Cordele, Georgia Federal Communications Commission. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: A petition for rulemaking was filed by Sunbelt-South TeleCommunications, Ltd. (Sunbelt), the licensee of WSST–TV, channel 51, Cordele, Georgia, requesting the substitution of channel 22 for channel 51 at Cordele. Sunbelt filed comments reaffirming its interest in the proposed channel substitution and stating that if the proposal is granted, it will promptly file an application for the facilities specified in the rulemaking petition and construct the station. Sunbelt asserts that adopting the proposal would serve the public interest because it would remove any potential interference with authorized wireless operations in the Lower 700 MHz A Block adjacent to channel 51 in Cordele. In addition, Sunbelt agrees that WSST–TV will be protected in the incentive auction at its channel 51 operating parameters even after its move to channel 22, and recognizes that as a result of repacking during the incentive auction, it may be required to move from channel 22. DATES: This rule is effective August 8, 2016. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joyce Bernstein, Joyce.Bernstein@ fcc.gov, Media Bureau, (202) 418–1647. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a synopsis of the Commission’s Report and Order, MB Docket No. 16–123, adopted June 28, 2016, and released June 28, 2016. The full text of this document is available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC’s Reference Information Center at Portals II, CY– A257, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC, 20554. This document will also be available via ECFS (http:// PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 44231 fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/). To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202–418–0530 (voice), 202– 418–0432 (tty). This document does not contain information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any information collection burden ‘‘for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, see 5 U.S.C. 601–612, do not apply to this proceeding. The Commission will send a copy of this Report and Order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A). List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73 Television. Federal Communications Commission. Barbara A. Kreisman, Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau. Final Rule For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 73 as follows: PART 73—RADIO BROADCAST SERVICES 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336, and 339. § 73.622 [Amended] 2. Section 73.622(i), the PostTransition Table of DTV Allotments under Georgia is amended by removing channel 51 and adding channel 22 at Cordele. ■ [FR Doc. 2016–15970 Filed 7–6–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P E:\FR\FM\07JYR1.SGM 07JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 130 (Thursday, July 7, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 44230-44231]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16113]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

46 CFR Parts 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15

[Docket No. USCG-2016-0611]


Policy for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and 
Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing 
Officers of Towing Vessels. This NVIC provides guidance to mariners 
concerning regulations governing endorsements to Merchant Mariner 
Credentials for service on towing vessels.

DATES: The policy announced in NVIC 03-16 is effective on July 7, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about NVIC 03-
16, call or email Luke B. Harden, Mariner Credentialing Program Policy 
Division (CG-CVC-4), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-2357, or 
MMCPolicy@uscg.mil.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Viewing Documents

    Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines 
for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels is available in the docket 
for this notice of availability and can also be viewed by going to 
http://www.uscg.mil/nmc and clicking on ``STCW,'' then click on ``2014 
NVIC Updates.'' To view NVIC 03-16 in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-2016-0611 in the ``Search'' box and 
click ``Search.''

Discussion

    On December 24, 2014, the Coast Guard published a final rule in the 
Federal Register (78 FR 77796) amending Title 46, Code of Federal 
Regulations, to implement the International Convention on Standards

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of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, as amended 
1978 (STCW Convention), including the 2010 amendments to the STCW 
Convention, and the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 
Code. The rule also made changes to reorganize, clarify, and update 
regulations for credentialing merchant mariners.
    NVIC 03-16 describes policy for merchant mariners to qualify for 
and renew endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials for service on 
towing vessels. Notable provisions of this NVIC include:
    1. Providing guidance on grandfathering provisions contained in the 
rule published December 24, 2014 (78 FR 77796).
    2. Revising the ``Frequently Asked Questions'' to include 
discussion of the provisions of the new rule, and to include questions 
that have arisen with regularity since publication of the predecessor 
NVIC 04-01.
    3. Revising the Towing Officer Assessment Records (TOARs) to 
include guidance to Designated Examiners on how to perform assessment 
of the tasks in the TOARs and to add certain tasks necessary to fully 
assess the competence of candidates for endorsements. For example, the 
task ``Maneuver through a bridge'' was added to the Near Coastal/Oceans 
TOAR as this TOAR is for an endorsement that will be valid where 
bridges are common.
    4. Providing additional guidance on TOARs restricted to Local 
Limited Areas.
    5. Providing guidance on endorsements that will be restricted to 
routes without locks and to service upon harbor-assist vessels or 
Integrated Tug Barge (ITB) and Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) vessels.

Authority

    This notice of availability is issued under the authority of 5 
U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: June 30, 2016.
V.B. Gifford,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Director, Inspection and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-16113 Filed 7-6-16; 8:45 am]
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