Port Access Route Study: Northern New York Bight, 18996-18997 [2021-07469]

Download as PDF 18996 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 68 / Monday, April 12, 2021 / Notices In response to your comments, we may revise this ICR or decide not to seek an extension of approval for the Collection. We will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. We encourage you to respond to this request by submitting comments and related materials. Comments must contain the OMB Control Number of the ICR and the docket number of this request, [USCG–2021–0190], and must be received by June 11, 2021. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Submitting Comments We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using https:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. Documents mentioned in this notice, and all public comments, are in our online docket at https://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted. We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this document, see DHS’s eRulemaking System of Records notice (85 FR 14226, March 11, 2020). Information Collection Request Title: Official Logbook. OMB Control Number: 1625–0018. Summary: The Official Logbook contains information about the voyage, the vessel’s crew, drills, watches, and operations conducted during the voyage. Official Logbook entries identify particulars of the voyage, including the name of the ship, official number, port of registry, tonnage, names and merchant mariner credential numbers of the master and crew, the nature of the voyage, and class of ship. In addition, it also contains entries for the vessel’s drafts, maintenance of watertight integrity of the ship, drills and inspections, crew list and report of character, a summary of laws applicable to Official Logbooks, and miscellaneous entries. Need: Title 46, United States Code (U.S.C.) sections 11301, 11302, 11303, and 11304 require applicable merchant vessels to maintain an Official Logbook. The Official Logbook contains VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:37 Apr 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 information about the vessel, voyage, crew, and watch. Lack of these particulars would make it difficult for a seaman to verify vessel employment and wages, and for the Coast Guard to verify compliance with laws and regulations concerning vessel operations and safety procedures. The Official Logbook serves as an official record of recordable events transpiring at sea such as births, deaths, marriages, disciplinary actions, etc. Absent the Official Logbook, there would be no official civil record of these events. The courts accept log entries as proof that the logged event occurred. If this information was not collected, the Coast Guard’s commercial vessel safety program would be negatively impacted, as there would be no official record of U.S. merchant vessel voyages. Similarly, those seeking to prove that an event required to be logged occurred would not have an official record available. Forms: • CG–706B, Official Logbook. Respondents: Shipping companies. Frequency: On occasion. Hour Burden Estimate: The estimated burden remains at 1,750 hours a year. Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. chapter 35, as amended. Dated: April 6, 2021. Kathleen Claffie, Chief, Office of Privacy Management, U.S. Coast Guard. [FR Doc. 2021–07440 Filed 4–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2020–0278] Port Access Route Study: Northern New York Bight Coast Guard, DHS. Supplemental notice of study, request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is seeking additional information related to the notice of study that was published on June 29, 2020, regarding the Northern New York Bight Port Access Route Study (NNYBPARS). Following a review of the comments and materials received, we identified several areas of additional inquiry related to the study. We invite your comments and responses to the proposed questions and information requests. SUMMARY: Comments and related material must be received on or before May 12, 2021. Commenters should be aware that DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after midnight Eastern Daylight Time on the last day of the comment period. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2020–0278 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this supplemental notice of study, call or email Mr. Craig Lapiejko, First Coast Guard District (dpw), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (617) 223–8351, email craig.d.lapiejko@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations ACPARS Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking AIS Automatic Identification System COMDTINST Commandant Instruction DHS Department of Homeland Security NNYBPARS Northern New York Bight Port Access Route Study OCS Outer Continental Shelf PARS Port Access Route Study TSS Traffic Separation Scheme U.S.C. United States Code USCG United States Coast Guard VMS Vessel Monitoring System VTR Vessel Trip Report II. Background and Purpose On June 29, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Study and public meetings; request for comments entitled ‘‘Port Access Route Study (PARS): Northern New York Bight’’ in the Federal Register (85 FR 38907) to evaluate the adequacy of existing vessel routing measures and determine whether additional vessel routing measures are necessary for port approaches to New York and New Jersey and international and domestic transit areas in the First Coast Guard District area of responsibility. This undertaking is required by 46 U.S.C. 70003, which calls for the Coast Guard to conduct a PARS prior to establishing fairways or traffic separation schemes (TSSs). The public was afforded a 60-day comment period, and two public meetings were held via teleconference and webinar to receive public input. The Coast Guard received 24 comments in response to our Federal Register Notice, public meetings and other outreach efforts. A preliminary review of the comments and related materials E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 68 / Monday, April 12, 2021 / Notices received identified additional opportunities for inquiry. For instance, obtaining additional vessel traffic and activities data would help inform several aspects of the study. In this notice, we also seek responses supplying quantitative data or suggesting other authoritative sources that specifically address the items listed in section III. All comments and supporting documents are available in a public docket and can be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov, In the ‘‘Search’’ box insert ‘‘USCG–2020–0278’’ and click ‘‘Search.’’ Click the ‘‘Open Docket Folder’’ in the ‘‘Actions’’ column. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Information Requested Where possible and pertinent, please provide sources, citations and references to back up or justify your responses. Also, for all pertinent responses, please provide a detailed explanation of how you arrived at your conclusion and the underlying assessment that supports your conclusion. Finally, for all numerical responses please provide us with sufficient information to recreate your calculations. We seek public feedback on the following items: a. The Coast Guard is conducting the NNYBPARS in accordance with COMDTINST 16003.2B, Marine Planning to Operate and Maintain the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and Implement National Policy. The instruction is available at https:// media.defense.gov/2019/Jul/10/ 2002155400/-1/-1/0/CI_16003_2B.PDF. The Coast Guard requests information applicable to 1) PARS objectives and 2) data and other information to assist the Coast Guard conduct the NNYBPARS. 1. PARS Objectives; i. Determine present traffic density; ‘ ii. Determine potential traffic density; iii. Determine if existing vessel routing measures are adequate; iv. Determine if existing vessel routing measures require modifications; v. Determine the type of modifications; vi. Define and justify the needs for new vessel routing measures; vii. Determine the type of new vessel routing measures; and viii. Determine if the usage of the vessel routing measures must be mandatory for specific classes of vessels. 2. Data and other information; i. Vessel traffic characteristics and trends (both existing and potential), including traffic volume, size and types of vessels, potential interference with the flow of commercial traffic, presence VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:37 Apr 09, 2021 Jkt 253001 of any unusual cargoes, and other similar information; ii. Fishing activity; iii. Recreational boating traffic; iv. Commercial ferry traffic; v. Military activities; vi. Existing and potential outer continental shelf (OCS) resource development activities; vii. Environmental information and factors which may be impacted by potential or amended vessel routing measures; viii. Underway and projected dredging projects; ix. Port development activities; x. Native American Tribal activities and impacts of potential or amended vessel routing measures; xi. Economic (costs and benefits) effects and impacts; and xii. Any additional information that arises as a result of public comments. b. The Coast Guard is utilizing automatic information system (AIS) data, vessel monitoring system (VMS) data, vessel trip report (VTR) data, and fisheries observer data to conduct the NNYBPARS. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives provide any additional info that may assist the Coast Guard conduct the NNYBPARS. c. Do maritime community representatives anticipate impacts to navigation as a result of planned or potential future developments, whether in port, inshore or offshore in the areas within or directly adjacent to the Northern New York Bight (please explain and be specific as possible)? 1. How will vessel navigation routes change as a result of planned or potential future developments? 2. Do maritime community representatives request additional routing measures other than those that currently exist or are being proposed via the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register (85 FR 37034, June 19, 2020) related to planned or potential future developments (please explain and be as specific as possible)? d. The Coast Guard received numerous comments in response to our Federal Register Notice, public meetings and other outreach efforts requesting various fairway widths (i.e. 4 NM, 5 NM, 9 NM), to extend current traffic separation schemes, or to identify historical anchorage locations. 1. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives provide evidence of why routing measures need to be of the requested width. 2. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives provide evidence for the need to extend traffic PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18997 separation schemes in the Northern New York Bight area out to the OCS. 3. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives specifically identify historical anchorages that are requested to be federally recognized. Please provide coordinates. IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments We encourage you to participate in this study by submitting comments and related materials through the Federal portal at https://www.regulations.gov. In your submission, please include the docket number for this notice of inquiry and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. If your material cannot be submitted using https:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. We accept anonymous comments. Comments we post to https:// www.regulations.gov will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this document, see DHS’s eRulemaking System of Records notice (85 FR 14226, March 11, 2020). Documents mentioned in this notice of inquiry as being available in the docket, and public comments, will be in our online docket at https:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website’s instructions. We review all comments received, but we may choose not to post off-topic, inappropriate, or duplicate comments that we receive. If you visit the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or if a final rule is published. This notice is published under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: April 2, 2021. T.G. Allan Jr., Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2021–07469 Filed 4–9–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2021–0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–B–2114] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 68 (Monday, April 12, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18996-18997]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-07469]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2020-0278]


Port Access Route Study: Northern New York Bight

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of study, request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is seeking additional information related to 
the notice of study that was published on June 29, 2020, regarding the 
Northern New York Bight Port Access Route Study (NNYBPARS). Following a 
review of the comments and materials received, we identified several 
areas of additional inquiry related to the study. We invite your 
comments and responses to the proposed questions and information 
requests.

DATES: Comments and related material must be received on or before May 
12, 2021. Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket 
Management System will not accept comments after midnight Eastern 
Daylight Time on the last day of the comment period.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2020-0278 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. See the ``Public Participation and Request for 
Comments'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further 
instructions on submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this 
supplemental notice of study, call or email Mr. Craig Lapiejko, First 
Coast Guard District (dpw), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (617) 223-8351, 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Table of Abbreviations

ACPARS Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study
ANPRM Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
AIS Automatic Identification System
COMDTINST Commandant Instruction
DHS Department of Homeland Security
NNYBPARS Northern New York Bight Port Access Route Study
OCS Outer Continental Shelf
PARS Port Access Route Study
TSS Traffic Separation Scheme
U.S.C. United States Code
USCG United States Coast Guard
VMS Vessel Monitoring System
VTR Vessel Trip Report

II. Background and Purpose

    On June 29, 2020, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Study and 
public meetings; request for comments entitled ``Port Access Route 
Study (PARS): Northern New York Bight'' in the Federal Register (85 FR 
38907) to evaluate the adequacy of existing vessel routing measures and 
determine whether additional vessel routing measures are necessary for 
port approaches to New York and New Jersey and international and 
domestic transit areas in the First Coast Guard District area of 
responsibility. This undertaking is required by 46 U.S.C. 70003, which 
calls for the Coast Guard to conduct a PARS prior to establishing 
fairways or traffic separation schemes (TSSs).
    The public was afforded a 60-day comment period, and two public 
meetings were held via teleconference and webinar to receive public 
input. The Coast Guard received 24 comments in response to our Federal 
Register Notice, public meetings and other outreach efforts. A 
preliminary review of the comments and related materials

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received identified additional opportunities for inquiry. For instance, 
obtaining additional vessel traffic and activities data would help 
inform several aspects of the study. In this notice, we also seek 
responses supplying quantitative data or suggesting other authoritative 
sources that specifically address the items listed in section III.
    All comments and supporting documents are available in a public 
docket and can be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov, In the 
``Search'' box insert ``USCG-2020-0278'' and click ``Search.'' Click 
the ``Open Docket Folder'' in the ``Actions'' column.

III. Information Requested

    Where possible and pertinent, please provide sources, citations and 
references to back up or justify your responses. Also, for all 
pertinent responses, please provide a detailed explanation of how you 
arrived at your conclusion and the underlying assessment that supports 
your conclusion. Finally, for all numerical responses please provide us 
with sufficient information to recreate your calculations. We seek 
public feedback on the following items:
    a. The Coast Guard is conducting the NNYBPARS in accordance with 
COMDTINST 16003.2B, Marine Planning to Operate and Maintain the Marine 
Transportation System (MTS) and Implement National Policy. The 
instruction is available at https://media.defense.gov/2019/Jul/10/2002155400/-1/-1/0/CI_16003_2B.PDF. The Coast Guard requests 
information applicable to 1) PARS objectives and 2) data and other 
information to assist the Coast Guard conduct the NNYBPARS.
    1. PARS Objectives;
    i. Determine present traffic density; `
    ii. Determine potential traffic density;
    iii. Determine if existing vessel routing measures are adequate;
    iv. Determine if existing vessel routing measures require 
modifications;
    v. Determine the type of modifications;
    vi. Define and justify the needs for new vessel routing measures;
    vii. Determine the type of new vessel routing measures; and
    viii. Determine if the usage of the vessel routing measures must be 
mandatory for specific classes of vessels.
    2. Data and other information;
    i. Vessel traffic characteristics and trends (both existing and 
potential), including traffic volume, size and types of vessels, 
potential interference with the flow of commercial traffic, presence of 
any unusual cargoes, and other similar information;
    ii. Fishing activity;
    iii. Recreational boating traffic;
    iv. Commercial ferry traffic;
    v. Military activities;
    vi. Existing and potential outer continental shelf (OCS) resource 
development activities;
    vii. Environmental information and factors which may be impacted by 
potential or amended vessel routing measures;
    viii. Underway and projected dredging projects;
    ix. Port development activities;
    x. Native American Tribal activities and impacts of potential or 
amended vessel routing measures;
    xi. Economic (costs and benefits) effects and impacts; and
    xii. Any additional information that arises as a result of public 
comments.
    b. The Coast Guard is utilizing automatic information system (AIS) 
data, vessel monitoring system (VMS) data, vessel trip report (VTR) 
data, and fisheries observer data to conduct the NNYBPARS. The Coast 
Guard requests maritime community representatives provide any 
additional info that may assist the Coast Guard conduct the NNYBPARS.
    c. Do maritime community representatives anticipate impacts to 
navigation as a result of planned or potential future developments, 
whether in port, inshore or offshore in the areas within or directly 
adjacent to the Northern New York Bight (please explain and be specific 
as possible)?
    1. How will vessel navigation routes change as a result of planned 
or potential future developments?
    2. Do maritime community representatives request additional routing 
measures other than those that currently exist or are being proposed 
via the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal 
Register (85 FR 37034, June 19, 2020) related to planned or potential 
future developments (please explain and be as specific as possible)?
    d. The Coast Guard received numerous comments in response to our 
Federal Register Notice, public meetings and other outreach efforts 
requesting various fairway widths (i.e. 4 NM, 5 NM, 9 NM), to extend 
current traffic separation schemes, or to identify historical anchorage 
locations.
    1. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives 
provide evidence of why routing measures need to be of the requested 
width.
    2. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives 
provide evidence for the need to extend traffic separation schemes in 
the Northern New York Bight area out to the OCS.
    3. The Coast Guard requests maritime community representatives 
specifically identify historical anchorages that are requested to be 
federally recognized. Please provide coordinates.

IV. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to participate in this study by submitting 
comments and related materials through the Federal portal at https://www.regulations.gov. In your submission, please include the docket 
number for this notice of inquiry and provide a reason for each 
suggestion or recommendation. If your material cannot be submitted 
using https://www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document for alternate 
instructions.
    We accept anonymous comments. Comments we post to https://www.regulations.gov will include any personal information you have 
provided. For more about privacy and submissions in response to this 
document, see DHS's eRulemaking System of Records notice (85 FR 14226, 
March 11, 2020).
    Documents mentioned in this notice of inquiry as being available in 
the docket, and public comments, will be in our online docket at 
https://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that 
website's instructions. We review all comments received, but we may 
choose not to post off-topic, inappropriate, or duplicate comments that 
we receive. If you visit the online docket and sign up for email 
alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or if a final 
rule is published.
    This notice is published under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a).

    Dated: April 2, 2021.
T.G. Allan Jr.,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2021-07469 Filed 4-9-21; 8:45 am]
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