Safety Zone: Captain of the Port Detroit Zone
The Coast Guard is implementing safety zones for annual fireworks displays in the Captain of the Port Detroit Zone during June 2006. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property on navigable waters during these events. These safety zones will restrict vessel traffic from a portion of the Captain of the Port Detroit Zone.
Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee
The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) Subcommittee on Hazardous Cargo Transportation Security (HCTS) will meet to discuss various issues relating to the marine transportation of hazardous materials in bulk. The CTAC Working Groups on Barge Emissions and Placarding, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973 (MARPOL) Annex II and Marine Vapor Control Systems will also meet to discuss environmental issues and future changes to regulations. These meetings will be open to the public.
Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee; Notice of Open Teleconference Meetings
This notice announces teleconferences of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. The purpose of these teleconferences is for MERPAC to discuss and prepare comments to the docket on the joint Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) and Coast Guard's Transportation Worker's Identification Credential (TWIC) proposed rule and on the Coast Guard's Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) proposed rule. MERPAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters related to the training, qualification, licensing, certification, and fitness of seamen serving in the U.S. merchant marine.
Safety and Security Zones; Tall Ships Celebration 2006, Great Lakes, Cleveland, OH, Bay City, MI, Green Bay, WI, Sturgeon Bay, WI, Chicago, IL
The Coast Guard proposes to establish safety and security zones around Tall Ships visiting the Great Lakes during Tall Ships Celebration 2006. These safety and security zones will provide for the regulation of vessel traffic in the vicinity of Tall Ships in the navigable waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is taking this action to safeguard participants and spectators from the safety hazards associated with the limited maneuverability of these tall ships and to ensure public safety during Tall Ships events.
Safety Zone: Fireworks on the Bay Celebration, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA
The Coast Guard is proposing the establishment of a 500-foot safety zone on the Chesapeake Bay in support of the Fireworks on the Bay Celebration. This event is will be held at First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, VA on July 04, 2006, and if warranted due to inclement weather, July 5, 2006. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on Chesapeake Bay as necessary to protect mariners from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Safety Zone: Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach, Chesapeake Bay, VA
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in the vicinity of Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach in support of diving operations being conducted to upgrade the Magnetic Silencing Facility at the U.S. Navy Degaussing Range. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic from transiting within 200 yards of position 36-58-55 N/076-19-17 W in Norfolk Harbor Entrance Reach. The safety zone is necessary to protect divers from the hazards associated with the upgrade operations.
Security Zones; Port Valdez and Valdez Narrows, Valdez, AK
The Coast Guard proposes to revise its regulation entitled Port Valdez and Valdez Narrows, Valdez, Alaska security zones. This change would include more accurate position information for the boundaries of tank vessels navigating on the Valdez Narrows Optimum Track Line, and establish when the Valdez Narrows Tanker Optimum Track line is activated and subject to enforcement.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Number 1625-0046
On March 7, 2006, the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on our intent to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to OMB to seek their renewal of an approval of a collection of information under OMB control number 1625- 0046, Financial Responsibility for Water Pollution (Vessels). In that notice we stated that the complete ICR would be available through both our online docket and at a Coast Guard facility in Washington, DC. Because the complete ICR was not made available online during the stated comment period we are reopening the comment period until July 3, 2006.
Security Zone; Severn River and College Creek, Annapolis, MD
The Coast Guard published a document in the Federal Register on May 25, 2006 (71 FR 30060), establishing a temporary security zone on the Severn River and College Creek during Vice President Cheney's attendance at the commencement at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The document contained incorrect coordinates to describe the security zone.
Regulated Navigation Area; East Rockaway Inlet to Atlantic Beach Bridge, Nassau County, Long Island, NY
The Coast Guard is amending the temporary regulated navigation area (RNA) from the entrance of East Rockaway Inlet to the Atlantic Beach Bridge, Nassau County, New York, and is extending its effective period. Significant shoaling in this area has reduced the depths of the navigable channel and has increased the risk of vessels with drafts of greater than 5 feet carrying petroleum products as cargo grounding in the channel, and the potential for a significant oil spill. This rule will continue to restrict passage of commercial vessels carrying petroleum products with a loaded draft in excess of 5 feet.