Regulated Navigation Area: Savannah River, Savannah, GA
On January 23, 2006, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulated navigation area in Savannah, Georgia, to address changes in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankship mooring locations following the creation of two new berths within a slip at the Southern LNG facility on the Savannah River. The previous rule only addressed facility and vessel requirements when an LNG vessel was underway or was moored parallel to the navigational channel outside of the slip. This interim rule describes requirements for three different potential mooring situations following the expansion: an LNG tankship moored outside of the slip, one or more LNG tankships moored inside the slip, and LNG tankships moored both inside and outside of the slip. This interim rule will become effective on February 20, 2007. However, we still encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments and related material to the docket. We will accept comments for 60 days from the date this rule is published in the Federal Register, after which we intend to publish a final rule. Any comments received will be considered in the final rule. This interim rule is necessary to ensure safe navigation of the Savannah River and the safe transfer of LNG in the Port of Savannah.
Potential Revision of Mandatory Ballast Water Management Reporting Requirements
The Coast Guard requests public comments on its current ballast water management reporting and recordkeeping requirements. To provide additional opportunities for public comment, public meetings will be held in Chicago, IL and in New Orleans, LA. All stakeholders and interested parties are encouraged to submit comments to the docket and to attend one of the scheduled meetings.
Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee; Subcommittee Meeting
This notice announces the meeting of the Subcommittee of the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard. The Subcommittee on the NFPA 472 Standard will meet to discuss the formation of a new marine emergency responder chapter in NFPA 472, Professional Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials Incidents. This meeting will be open to the public.