Coast Guard September 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Deepwater Ports
Document Number: 06-8274
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-29
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This final rule supersedes the temporary interim rule that was published on January 6, 2004. The temporary interim rule revised 1975 regulations that implemented the Deepwater Port Act of 1974. It updated and streamlined those regulations in accordance with the 1996 Deepwater Port Modernization Act, and extended them to include the natural gas deepwater ports authorized by Congress in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. This final rule revises and finalizes the regulations issued in the temporary interim rule.
Exercise of Authority To Require Pilots To Submit Annual Physical Examinations
Document Number: 06-8306
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
By this notice, the Coast Guard is exercising authority currently set forth in Coast Guard regulations to require all first class pilots on vessels greater than 1600 GRT, and other individuals who ``serve as'' pilots on certain types of vessels greater than 1600 gross registered tons (GRT), to provide a copy of their annual physical examination to the Coast Guard.
Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials
Document Number: 06-8305
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces the availability of, and seeks public comment on, a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) to replace the existing NVIC 2-98, ``Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner's Documents and Licenses.'' The new proposed NVIC is entitled ``Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials.'' It will be officially numbered if and when it becomes effective. The contents of this NVIC were developed from recommendations and input provided by the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and experienced maritime community medical practitioners. A copy of the proposed NVIC has been posted to the public docket for this notice, and it is available as described under ADDRESSES.
Safety Zones; U.S. Coast Guard Water Training Areas, Great Lakes
Document Number: E6-15890
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This document provides the times and locations of the public meetings which will be held by the Coast Guard to discuss issues relating to the proposed permanent safety zones located in the Great Lakes to conduct live gunnery training exercises. The meetings will be open to the public.
Special Local Regulations, Strait Thunder Hydroplane Races, Port Angeles, WA
Document Number: E6-15843
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing temporary special local regulations for the Strait Thunder Hydroplane Races held on the waters of Port Angeles Harbor, Port Angeles, Washington. These special local regulations limit the movement of non-participating vessels in the regulated race area and provide for a viewing area for spectator craft. This temporary rule is needed to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event.
Safety Zone; Gulf of Alaska, Narrow Cape, Kodiak Island, AK
Document Number: 06-8138
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
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 this safety zone is to ensure the safety of human life and property during the rocket launch.
Safety Zone; Red Bull Air Show Practice, San Francisco Bay, CA
Document Number: 06-8134
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes a safety zone to be used to keep spectator vessels out of the path and away from the area directly below participating aircraft during the fleet week air show practice in order to ensure the safety of event participants and spectators.
Shipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments
Document Number: 06-8133
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard navigation and navigable water regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
Safety Zone; BART Transbay Tube Seismic Upgrade, San Francisco, CA
Document Number: 06-8132
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a moving temporary safety zone in the navigable waters of San Francisco Bay, California during vibro penetration testing for a seismic upgrade of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Transbay tube. The testing will require placement of a barge at test sites along the BART Transbay tube. The safety zone will surround the barge and move with the barge as it conducts the tests at seven sites along the BART Transbay tube. This safety zone is necessary to protect persons and vessels from hazards, injury, and damage associated with the vibro penetration testing. Unauthorized persons or vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or remaining in the safety zone without permission of the Captain of the Port or his designated representative.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; John H. Kerr Reservoir, Clarksville, VA
Document Number: 06-7792
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-21
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing temporary special local regulations for the ``Clarksville Hydroplane Challenge'', a power boat race to be held on the waters of the John H. Kerr Reservoir adjacent to Clarksville, Virginia. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in portions of the John H. Kerr Reservoir adjacent to Clarksville, Virginia during the power boat race.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Bayou Lafourche, LA
Document Number: E6-15561
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulations governing the draw of the Valentine Pontoon Bridge across Bayou Lafourche, mile 44.7, in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The regulation will allow for the bridge to be unmanned and remain closed during hours of infrequent traffic with an advance notification requirement to open the bridge.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Bayou Lafourche, LA
Document Number: E6-15558
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to change the regulations governing six bridges across Bayou Lafourche, south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The Lafourche Parish Council has requested that the bridges remain closed to navigation at various times on weekdays during the school year. These closures will facilitate the safe, efficient movement of staff, students and other residents within the parish.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, NJ
Document Number: 06-7943
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-20
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing permanent special local regulations during the ``Sunset Lake Hydrofest'', a marine event to be held annually on the last weekend in September or the first weekend in October on the waters of Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. For 2006 this marine event will be held on September 30 and October 1, 2006. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in portions of Sunset Lake during the event.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Number 1625-0012
Document Number: E6-15494
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to request a revision for the following collection of information: 1625-0012, Certificate of Discharge to Merchant Mariners. Before submitting the ICR to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments on it as described below.
Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program Restructuring and Centralization; Correction
Document Number: E6-15493
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is correcting a technical amendment that appeared in the Federal Register on August 21, 2006. That technical amendment authorizes the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center to perform certain mariner credentialing functions in addition to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, who currently perform those functions. At the end of a transitional period, most credentialing functions will be consolidated at a centralized location. The amendment also makes technical changes to the mariner credentialing appellate process. The technical amendment is organizational in nature and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
Safety Zones; U.S. Coast Guard Water Training Areas, Great Lakes
Document Number: 06-7783
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-19
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will meet to discuss issues relating to the proposed permanent safety zones located in the Great Lakes to conduct live gunnery training exercises. The meetings will be open to the public.
Safety Zone; Susquehanna River, Havre de Grace, MD
Document Number: E6-15297
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Susquehanna River during a fireworks display. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life and property on navigable waters during a fireworks display launched from a barge, located between Havre de Grace, Maryland and Perryville, Maryland, on September 30, 2006. This action will restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the Susquehanna River.
Geographical Extension of Coast Guard Authority to Enforce Naval Vessel Protection Zones; Conforming Amendment
Document Number: E6-15295
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is revising its informational, geographic- application regulation for naval vessel protection zones (NVPZs) to reflect a recent expansion of the jurisdiction for NVPZs. Section 201 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006 amended 14 U.S.C. 91 defines ``navigable waters'' to include the waters 12 nautical-miles wide, adjacent to the coast of the United States and seaward of the territorial sea baseline. As a result of this legislation, Naval Vessel Protection Zone (NVPZ) regulations are now enforceable in navigable waters out to the full extent of the U.S. territorial sea, 12 nautical miles seaward from the baseline. This conforming amendment to our regulation reflects this recently-enacted authority.
National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-15293
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) will meet to discuss various issues relating to offshore safety and security. The meeting will be open to the public.
Safety Zones; U.S. Coast Guard Water Training Areas, Great Lakes
Document Number: E6-15109
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In response to public requests, the Coast Guard is re-opening the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish permanent safety zones throughout the Great Lakes to conduct live fire gun exercises. These safety zones are necessary to protect the public from the hazards associated with the firing of weapons and to ensure the operational readiness of Coast Guard personnel, cutters and small boats. Re-opening the comment period will provide the public more time to submit comments and recommendations.
Safety Zone: Fireworks Display, Trent River, New Bern, NC
Document Number: 06-7601
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-12
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes the establishment of a 1000 foot safety zone around a fireworks display for the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Conference occurring on November 12, 2006, on the Trent River, New Bern, NC. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on the Trent River. This safety zone is necessary to protect mariners from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Broad Creek, Cedar Creek, and Nanticoke River, DE
Document Number: E6-14984
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is changing the drawbridge operation regulations of four Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) bridges: the Poplar Street Bridge, at mile 8.2, and the U.S. 13A Bridge, at mile 8.2, both across Broad Creek in Laurel, DE; the SR 36 Bridge, at mile 0.5, over Cedar Creek in Cedar Beach; and SR 13 Bridge, at mile 39.6, across Nanticoke River in Seaford, DE. This final rule allows the bridges to open on signal if advance notice is given at different times from 4 to 48 hours. This change will eliminate the continual attendance of draw tender services during the non-peak boating periods while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Darby Creek, PA
Document Number: E6-14983
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is proposing to change the operating regulations for the Consolidated Rail Corporation (CONRAIL) Railroad Bridge, at mile 0.3, across Darby Creek in Essington, Pennsylvania. The proposal would allow the bridge to be left in the open-to-navigation position from April 1 through October 31 of every year. The bridge would only close for the passage of trains and to perform periodic maintenance. From November 1 to March 31, the bridge would open on signal, if at least 24 hours notice is given by calling (856) 231-7088 or (856) 662-8201.
MARPOL-List of Ports and Terminals Holding Certificates of Adequacy for Reception Facilities
Document Number: E6-14837
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces the electronic publication of lists of all U.S. ports and terminals holding valid Certificates of Adequacy (COAs). COAs are issued as evidence that a U.S. terminal or port meets the requirements of Annexes I, II, and V of the 1978 Protocol to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78). The Coast Guard expects that greater knowledge of these facilities will reduce discharge of oil, noxious liquid substances, and garbage into the marine environment.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Housatonic River, Stratford, CT
Document Number: E6-14834
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the U.S. 1 Bridge, across the Housatonic River, mile 3.5, at Stratford, Connecticut. Under this temporary deviation, only one of the two moveable bascule spans will be opened for the passage of vessel traffic. This deviation is necessary to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance.
National Maritime Security Advisory Committee
Document Number: E6-14584
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-01
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) will hold a teleconference meeting on September 13, 2006, to discuss the Draft Report to Congress regarding NMSAC's recommendation on termination of the committee on the statutory termination date. This notice announces the date, time, and location for the teleconference meeting of the NMSAC.