Coast Guard September 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License
Document Number: 07-4750
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-28
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Coast Guard (Coast Guard), issues this final rule to amend provisions of its previously issued final rule, to allow for greater participation in the TWIC program and codify final fees to obtain a TWIC. This final rule continues to further secure our Nation's ports and modes of transportation, and also implements the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) and the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 (SAFE Port Act). Those statutes require credentialed merchant mariners and individuals with unescorted access to secure areas of vessels and facilities to undergo a security threat assessment and receive a biometric credential, known as a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). With this final rule, the Coast Guard amends its regulations on vessel and facility security, requiring the use of the TWIC as an access control measure. Specifically, the Coast Guard is amending its definition of secure areas, to take into account facilities in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, whose workers are not required to obtain work visas from the United States before being allowed to work. With this final rule, TSA amends its regulations on TWIC to allow additional non-resident aliens to apply for a TWIC if they are working in a job that requires them to have unescorted access to a maritime facility regulated under 33 CFR parts 105 or 106. TSA also amends the scope provision of the rule to include additional non-resident aliens that may apply for TWIC. TSA amends its regulations to clarify those credentialed merchant mariners who may receive a TWIC at a reduced fee. TSA amends the fee portion of the regulation, increasing the replacement credential fee from $36 to $60 and codifying the other fees that were announced in the Federal Register on March 20, 2007. Finally, TSA announces a reduction in the fee charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct fingerprint-based criminal history record checks (CHRCs) that are submitted to the FBI electronically. Therefore, the standard fee for a TWIC is $132.50 and the reduced TWIC fee for applicants who have completed a comparable threat assessment is $105.25.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Quinnipiac River, New Haven, CT
Document Number: E7-19109
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has temporarily changed the drawbridge operating regulations governing the operation of the Ferry Street Bridge, across the Quinnipiac River, mile 0.7, at New Haven, Connecticut. This temporary final rule allows the bridge owner to keep one of the two moveable bascule spans in the closed position at all times from September 28, 2007 through April 30, 2008. This rule is necessary to facilitate scheduled bridge maintenance.
Safety Zone; Marine City Maritime Festival Fireworks, St. Clair River, Marine City, MI
Document Number: E7-19061
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the St. Clair River, Marine City, Michigan. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from portions of the St. Clair River during the Marine City Maritime Festival Fireworks Display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Safety Zone; Schoenith Family Foundation Fireworks, Detroit River, Detroit, MI
Document Number: E7-19059
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on the Detroit River, Detroit, MI. This safety zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Detroit River during the September 23, 2007 Schoenith Family Foundation Fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Regattas and Marine Parades; Great Lake Annual Marine Events.
Document Number: E7-18933
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is amending special local regulations for annual regattas and marine parades in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. This rule is intended to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters immediately prior to, during, and immediately after regattas or marine parades. This rule will establish restrictions upon, and control the movement of, vessels in a specified area immediately prior to, during, and immediately after regattas or marine parades.
Area Maritime Security Committee, New Orleans; Vacancies
Document Number: E7-18886
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership in the Area Maritime Security Committee, New Orleans. The Committee assists the Captain of the Port, New Orleans, in developing, reviewing, and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan for their area of responsibility.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; John H. Kerr Reservoir, Clarksville, VA
Document Number: E7-18883
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-25
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; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Belle Chasse, LA
Document Number: E7-18881
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the SR 23 bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Algiers Alternate Route), mile 3.8, at Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. This temporary rule is issued to facilitate movement of vehicular traffic for the New Orleans Open House 2007 Air Show, to be held at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base at Belle Chasse, Louisiana.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Back River, Poquoson, VA
Document Number: E7-18855
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-25
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations during the ``Poquoson Seafood Festival Workboat Races'', a marine event to be held October 14, 2007 on the waters of the Back River, Poquoson, 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 temporarily restrict vessel traffic in a portion of the Back River during the event.
Security Zone; Hawaii Superferry Arrival/Departure, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, HI
Document Number: E7-18783
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-24
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This document corrects a typographical error in a U.S. Code section number and corrects a reference to an access road on the jetty south of Nawiliwili Park in a temporary final rule entitled ``Security Zone; Hawaii Super Ferry Arrival/Departure, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, Hawaii'' that was published September 5, 2007, in the Federal Register.
Shipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments
Document Number: E7-18433
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Pinellas County, FL
Document Number: E7-18403
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-19
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Welch Causeway/Tom Stuart (SR 666) Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 122.8, at Madeira Beach, Pinellas County, Florida. This deviation is necessary to expedite repairs to the Welch Causeway Bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to open a single-leaf only with double-leaf openings available upon three hours notice to the bridge tender.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, NJ
Document Number: E7-18354
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce special local regulations for the Sunset Lake Hydrofest on Sunset Lake from 8:30 a.m. September 29, 2007 through 5:30 p.m. September 30, 2007. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. During the enforcement period, vessel traffic will be restricted in portions of Sunset Lake during the event.
Rates for Pilotage on the Great Lakes
Document Number: E7-18306
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is finalizing the February 2007 interim rule, which updated rates for pilotage service on the Great Lakes by increasing rates an average of 22.62% across all three pilotage districts over the last ratemaking that was completed in April 2006. Annual reviews of pilotage rates are required by law to ensure that sufficient revenues are generated to cover the annual projected allowable expenses, target pilot compensation, and returns on investment of the pilot associations.
Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: E7-18304
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (Pub. L. 92-463), the Secretary of Homeland Security has renewed the charter for the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) for 2 years from August 17, 2007, until August 17, 2009. CTAC is a Federal advisory committee under 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770). This Committee advises the Coast Guard on safe and secure transportation and handling of hazardous materials in bulk on U.S.-flag vessels and barges in U.S. ports and waterways.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn, NY
Document Number: E7-18302
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the drawbridge operating regulations governing the operation of the Hamilton Avenue Bridge, mile 1.2, across the Gowanus Canal at Brooklyn, New York. This proposed rule would allow the bridge owner to require a four-hour notice for bridge openings from November 5, 2007 to January 15, 2009. This rule is necessary to facilitate rehabilitation construction at the bridge.
National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
Document Number: E7-18300
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). NOSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters affecting the offshore industry.
Training and Service Requirements for Merchant Marine Officers
Document Number: E7-18191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to make administrative changes to the requirements for merchant mariner training and service. The proposed regulation would remove the expiration date of the radar-observer endorsement from the merchant mariner's license, allow for an apprentice mate of towing vessels to reduce sea-service time for mate (pilot) of towing vessels by completing additional approved training, and would provide an alternate path to mate (pilot) of towing vessels for master of steam or motor vessels not more than 200 gross register tons. These changes are intended to eliminate confusion and clarify training and service requirements.
Safety Zone: Holiday Flotilla Fireworks Display, Motts Channel/Banks Channel, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Document Number: E7-18138
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-14
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 Holiday Flotilla occurring on November 24, 2007, in the vicinity of Motts Channel/Banks Channel and Wrightsville Beach, NC. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic on Motts Channel. This safety zone is necessary to protect mariners from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Security Zone; Hawaii Superferry Arrival/Departure, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, HI
Document Number: E7-18024
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-13
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This document corrects the spelling of a shipping facility and vessel and corrects the point of contact in a temporary final rule entitled ``Security Zone; Hawaii Super Ferry Arrival/Departure, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, Hawaii'' that was published September 5, 2007, in the Federal Register.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Potomac River, Between Maryland and Virginia
Document Number: E7-18017
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-12
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has approved a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the new Woodrow Wilson Memorial (I-95) Bridge, mile 103.8, across Potomac River between Alexandria, Virginia and Oxon Hill, Maryland. This deviation allows the new drawbridge to remain closed-to-navigation from 7 a.m. beginning on September 17, 2007 until and including 11:59 p.m. on October 19, 2007, to facilitate completion of concrete pours for the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge construction project.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Hackensack River, Jersey City, NJ
Document Number: E7-17996
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-12
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 NJTRO Lower Hack Bridge across the Hackensack River, mile 3.4, at Jersey City, New Jersey. Under this temporary deviation, the NJTRO Lower Hack Bridge may remain in the closed position from 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2007 through 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Vessels that can pass under the draw without a bridge opening may do so at all times. In the event of inclement weather, the rain dates will be September 29, 2007 and September 30, 2007. This deviation is necessary to facilitate aerial cable installation at the bridge.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Jamaica Bay, New York, NY
Document Number: E7-17994
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-12
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 Beach Channel Railroad Bridge across Jamaica Bay, mile 6.7, at New York, New York. Under this temporary deviation, in effect for four weekends in September, the Beach Channel Railroad Bridge may remain in the closed position on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. This deviation is necessary to facilitate bridge track repairs.
Safety Zone; Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna River, Havre de Grace, MD
Document Number: E7-17816
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in waters of the Susquehanna River within a 50-yard radius of pier number 5 of the old US-40 Highway bridge (bridge number 1206000). The bridge is located at approximate position latitude 39[deg]33'11'' N, longitude 076[deg]05'09'' W. This safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of life, property and the environment on navigable waters of the U.S. This safety zone restricts the movement of vessels in a portion of the Susquehanna River, in order to facilitate the marking as a hazard to navigation and the removal of the heavily damaged abandoned masonry bridge pier structure located near Havre de Grace, in Harford County, Maryland.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Number: 1625-0108
Document Number: E7-17815
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
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) requesting an extension of its approval for the following collection of information: 1625-0108, Standard Numbering System for Undocumented Vessels. Before submitting this ICR to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Numbers: 1625-0025 and 1625-0058
Document Number: E7-17814
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this request for comments announces that the Coast Guard is forwarding two Information Collection Requests (ICRs), abstracted below, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of their approval for the following two collections of information: (1) 1625-0025, Carriage of Bulk Solids Requiring Special Handling46 CFR part 148; and (2) 1625-0058, Application for Permit to Transport Municipal and Commercial Waste. Our ICRs describe the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and comments by OIRA ensure we only impose paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.
National Boating Safety Advisory Council
Document Number: E7-17804
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) and its subcommittees on boats and associated equipment, prevention through people, and recreational boating safety strategic planning will meet to discuss issues relating to recreational boating safety. All meetings will be open to the public.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-17803
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
On Tuesday, September 4, 2007, the Coast Guard published its intent to hold meetings of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. This supplemental notice makes an addition to the previous one.
Proposed Bridge Over the Amite River Diversion Canal, Mile 3.37, Near Head of Island, Livingston Parish, LA
Document Number: E7-17801
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed bridge across the Amite River Diversion Canal, mile 3.37, located in Sections 32 and 33, Township 9 South, Range 4 West, near Head of Island, Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The hearing will focus on the issue concerning the vertical clearance of the proposed bridge, which will measure 22.4 feet at Mean High Water, elevation 3.0 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). Comments regarding impacts that the proposed bridge project may have on navigation of the Amite River Diversion Canal and the environment will be of particular relevance to the Coast Guard's bridge permitting responsibilities.
Safety Zone; Winnetka Fireworks, Lake Michigan, Winnetka, IL
Document Number: E7-17717
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Lake Michigan, Winnetka, IL. This zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Lake Michigan during the Winnetka September 15, 2007 fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect spectators and vessels from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.
Regulated Navigation Area: Savannah River, Savannah, GA
Document Number: E7-17631
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
On January 19, 2007, the Coast Guard published an interim rule with request for comments, which revised 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 final rule only addressed facility and vessel requirements when an LNG vessel was underway or moored parallel to the navigational channel outside of the slip. The interim rule was necessary to describe requirements for three different potential mooring situations following the LNG facilities expansion. This final rule adopts the interim rule requirements without change for the following mooring situations at the LNG facility: 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.
Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-17568
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
On Tuesday, July 24, 2007, the Coast Guard published its intent to hold meetings of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee. This supplemental notice makes an addition to the previous one.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Norwalk River, Norwalk, CT
Document Number: E7-17567
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has changed the drawbridge operation regulations that govern the operation of the Washington Street S136 Bridge at mile 0.0, across the Norwalk River, Norwalk, Connecticut. This final rule allows the bridge to remain in the closed position to facilitate the annual Norwalk River Fun Run held on the first Saturday in December, with a rain date for the next day in the event of inclement weather. This final rule is necessary for the safety of the race participants and to facilitate the running of the annual Fun Run Race.
National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: 07-4354
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-06
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) will conduct a meeting by teleconference on Thursday, September 20, 2007, for the purpose of discussing the committee's comments, recommendations, and responses to a questionnaire designed to inform the development of a preliminary draft of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Biometric Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The teleconference will be open to the public.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Amendments
Document Number: E7-17509
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is correcting an oversight to the operating schedule of the Beach Channel railroad bridge across Jamaica Bay, mile 6.7, at Queens, New York, published on December 4, 2006 in the Federal Register. We are also correcting a paragraph designation in the operating schedule for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge across the Potomac River between Oxon Hill, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia.
Security Zone; Hawaii Super Ferry Arrival/Departure, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, HI
Document Number: 07-4357
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-09-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has created a security zone in the waters of Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, and on the land of the jetty south of Nawiliwili Park, including Waapa Road. This zone is intended to enable the Coast Guard and its law enforcement partners to better protect people, vessels, and facilities in and around Nawiliwili Harbor in the face of non-compliant protesters who have impeded passage of the Hawaii Super Ferry to its dock in the harbor. This rule complements, but does not replace or supersede, existing regulations that establish a moving 100-yard security zone around large passenger vessels like the Hawaii Super Ferry.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee
Document Number: 07-4319
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-04
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
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.