Security Zone; High Capacity Passenger Vessels and Alaska Marine Highway System Vessels in Alaska
The Coast Guard is revising its first supplemental notice of proposed rule rulemaking published October 31, 2005, establishing permanent moving security zones around all escorted High Capacity Passenger Vessels (``HCPV'') and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System Vessels (``AMHS vessels'') during their transit in the navigable waters of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District to exempt from the provisions of this rule all commercial fishing vessels, as defined by applicable United States Code, only while actively engaged in fishing.
Security Zone; Atlantic Ocean Five Miles South of Boca Chica, FL
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone 5 miles south of Boca Chica, Florida, in support of aircraft recovery operations. This security zone is being implemented to ensure the security of the recovery site. All vessels will be excluded from the security zone until salvage operations are complete.
Security Zone; Chesapeake Bay, Between Sandy Point and Kent Island, MD
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary security zone on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. This action is necessary to provide for the security of a large number of participants during the 2006 Bay Bridge Walk across the William P. Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge between Sandy Point and Kent Island, Maryland. The security zone will allow for control of a designated area of the Chesapeake Bay and safeguard the public at large.
Nontank Vessel Response Plan Guidance
The Coast Guard announces the availability of a document that provides revised interim guidelines for the development and review of plans for responding to a discharge, or threat of a discharge, of oil from nontank vessels. The document, in the form of a change to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular No. 01-05, is available as indicated in this notice. Federal law requires that these response plans be prepared and submitted to the Coast Guard.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; N.E. 14th Street, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Mile 1055.0 at Pompano, FL
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily amend the regulations governing the operation of the N.E. 14th Street Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 1055.0, Pompano, Broward County, Florida. This proposed temporary rule provides for solely single-leaf bridge operations between May and June 2006. From July through September 2006, we propose this bridge operate on a single-leaf schedule unless four hour notice is provided for double-leaf openings.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Hoquiam River, WA
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily modify the drawbridge operation regulations for the Simpson Avenue Bridge across the Hoquiam River, mile 0.5, at Hoquiam, Washington. The proposed temporary change will enable the bridge owner to delay openings of the bridge from May 1, 2006, through June 1, 2007. This will facilitate major structural and mechanical rehabilitation of the bascule bridge.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget (OMB): 1625-0097, 1625-0103, and 1625-0104
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this request for comments announces that the Coast Guard has forwarded three Information Collection Requests (ICRs), abstracted below, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs are as follows: (1) 1625-0097, Plan Approval and Records for Marine Engineering Systems46 CFR Subchapter F; (2) 1625-0103, Mandatory Ship Reporting System for the Northeast and Southeast Coasts of the United States; (3) 1625-0104, Barges Carrying Bulk Hazardous Materials. The ICRs describe information we seek to collect from the public. Review and comment by OIRA ensures that we impose only paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.
Quarterly Listings; Safety Zones, Security Zones, Special Local Regulations and Drawbridge Operation Regulations
This document provides required notice of substantive rules issued by the Coast Guard and temporarily effective between April 1, 2005 and September 30, 2005 that were not published in the Federal Register. This quarterly notice lists temporary local regulations, temporary drawbridge operation regulations, security zones, and safety zones, all of limited duration and for which timely publication in the Federal Register was not possible.
Safety Zone; Gulf of Alaska, Narrow Cape, Kodiak Island, AK
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Gulf of Alaska, encompassing the navigable waters in the vicinity of Narrow Cape and Ugak Island. The zone is needed to protect persons and vessels operating in the vicinity of the safety zone during a rocket launch from the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, Narrow Cape, Kodiak Island facility. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Commander, Seventeenth Coast Guard District, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, or their on-scene representative. The intended effect of the safety zone is to ensure the safety of human life and property during the rocket launch.
Vessel Documentation: Lease Financing for Vessels Engaged in the Coastwise Trade
The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for documenting lease-financed vessels that have a ``coastwise endorsement'' (i.e., vessels used in trade and passenger service within the U.S. or between U.S. ports and those used in dredging and towing in U.S. waters). The vessels affected by this proposal are owned by foreign-owned or controlled U.S. companies, where there is a ``demise charter'' to a U.S. citizen (i.e., an agreement for the charterer to assume responsibility for operating, crewing, and maintaining the vessel as if the charterer owned it).
Waterway Suitability Assessment for Expansion of Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Facility, Calvert County, Maryland
On August 8, 2005, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requested Dominion Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Limited Partnership to prepare a Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA) for the proposed Cove Point LNG Expansion Project to be submitted to the United States Coast Guard in accordance with the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-05. The purpose of the WSA is to identify credible security threats and safety hazards associated with increased LNG marine transportation in the Chesapeake Bay and identify appropriate risk management measures. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Baltimore, and the Captain of the Port, Hampton Roads, received the WSA from Dominion Cove Point on January 17, 2006. The conclusions of the WSA are included in this notice. The Coast Guard solicits public comments on these conclusions to consider when preparing recommendations to FERC for inclusion in their final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the suitability of the Chesapeake Bay for increased LNG traffic.
Maritime Security Directive (MARSEC Directive) 104-6; Guidelines for U.S. Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters
The Coast Guard announces the availability of MARSEC Directive 104-06. This MARSEC Directive provides guidelines for U.S. vessels operating in high risk waters. Information within this MARSEC Directive is designated Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and is not subject to public release.
Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee
The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) and its working groups will meet to discuss waterway improvements, aids to navigation, area projects impacting safety on the Houston Ship Channel, and various other navigation safety matters in the Galveston Bay area. All meetings will be open to the public.
Safety Zone; Cuyahoga River, Cleveland, OH
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for installing the West Third Street Bridge on the Cuyahoga River. The safety zone is limited to the area surrounding the bridge span during the installment process. The safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of those working on the bridge. All other portions of the Cuyahoga River are unaffected. If the installment process is completed ahead of schedule this safety zone will be canceled immediately and notices made to the public by means of Local Notice to Mariners Broadcasts.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations: Connecticut River, Old Lyme, CT
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations governing the operation of the AMTRAK Old Saybrook-Old Lyme Bridge, across the Connecticut River at mile 3.4, at Old Lyme, Connecticut. This deviation from the regulations allows the bridge to operate on a fixed schedule for bridge openings from February 4, 2006 through March 6, 2006, and also authorizes one 12-hour and two 72-hour bridge closures. This deviation is necessary in order to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Niantic River, Niantic, CT
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the drawbridge operation regulations governing the operation of the Amtrak Bridge at mile 0.0, across the Niantic River, at Niantic, Connecticut. This deviation allows the bridge owner to require an advance notice for bridge openings from February 3, 2006 through April 3, 2006. This deviation is necessary in order to facilitate emergency unscheduled bridge maintenance.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Maryland Swim for Life, Chester River, Chestertown, MD
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the special local regulations at 33 CFR 100.533, established for the ``Maryland Swim for Life'' held annually on the waters of the Chester River, near Chestertown, Maryland by changing the event date to the third Saturday in June. This proposed rule is intended to restrict vessel traffic in portions of the Chester River and is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Severn River, College Creek, Weems Creek and Carr Creek, Annapolis, MD
The Coast Guard proposes to suspend the special local regulations at 33 CFR 100.518 and establish a temporary rule that will be effective during the suspension period. This rulemaking is intended to accommodate a change in event dates for the year 2006 and modify the boundaries of the regulated area. The marine events included in this proposed rule include the Safety at Sea Seminar, U.S. Naval Academy Crew Races and the Blue Angels Air Show. This proposed rule is intended to restrict vessel traffic in portions of the Severn River during the period of these marine events and is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Numbers 1625-0047, 1625-0063, 1625-0070, and 1625-0084
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to seek the approval of OMB for the renewal of four Information Collection Requests (ICRs). The ICRs are: (1) 1625- 0047, Plan Review and Records for Vital System Automation; (2) 1625- 0063, Marine Occupational Health and Safety Standards for Benzene46 CFR 197 Subpart C; (3) 1625-0070, Vessel Identification System; and (4) 1625-0084, Audit Reports under the International Safety Management Code. Before submitting the ICRs to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments on them as described below.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Shark River (South Channel), Avon, NJ
The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has approved a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the New Jersey Transit Railroad Drawbridge, at mile 0.9, across the South Channel of the Shark River at Belmar, New Jersey, south of Avon. To facilitate electrical repairs, this deviation allows the drawbridge to remain closed-to-navigation from 11 p.m. on February 10, 2006, until 12 p.m. (noon) on February 11, 2006, and from 11 p.m. on February 24, 2006, until 12 p.m. (noon) on February 25, 2006. If required, a rain date has been set from 11 p.m. on March 10, 2006, until 12 p.m. (noon) on March 11, 2006.
Security Zone; Choptank River, Cambridge, MD
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone from February 9 through February 12, 2006, encompassing certain waters of the Choptank River. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of persons and property, and prevent terrorist acts or incidents during the U.S. House Republican Issues Conference. This rule prohibits vessels and people from entering the security zone and requires vessels and persons in the security zone to depart the security zone, unless specifically exempt under the provisions in this rule or granted specific permission from the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Baltimore.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee
The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) and its working groups will meet as required to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public.
Exclusion Zones for Marine LNG Spills
The Coast Guard announces the availability of its response to a petition for rulemaking requesting issuance of regulations establishing thermal and vapor dispersion exclusion zones for marine spills of liquefied natural gas (LNG), by the City of Fall River, MA. The Coast Guard has determined that such a rulemaking project is unnecessary.
Safety Zone: North Portland Harbor Dredging Operations; Portland, OR
This document contains a correction to effective date of the temporary final rule establishing a temporary safety zone on the Columbia River, in the vicinity of Hayden Island at North Portland Harbor (CGD-13-06-002) published on January 25, 2006, in the Federal Register (71 FR 4043).
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Mississippi River, Iowa and Illinois
The Coast Guard is changing the regulation governing the Clinton Railroad Drawbridge, Mile 518.0, Upper Mississippi River at Clinton, Iowa. Under the rule, the drawbridge shall open on signal if at least 24 hours advance notice is given from 12:01 a.m., on January 20, 2006 until 9 a.m., on March 1, 2006. This rule allows time for making upgrades to critical mechanical components and to perform scheduled annual maintenance/repairs to the bridge.