Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials
The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of the final version of a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular. This NVIC contains revised guidelines for evaluating the physical and medical conditions of applicants for merchant mariner's documents, licenses, certificates of registry and STCW endorsements, collectively referred to as ``credential(s).'' The new NVIC is numbered 04-08, and it is entitled ``Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials.'' It replaces NVIC 2-98, which is cancelled as of the effective date of NVIC 04-08.
Dry Cargo Residue Discharges in the Great Lakes
The Coast Guard is amending its regulations to allow the discharge of bulk dry cargo residue (DCR) in limited areas of the Great Lakes by self-propelled vessels and by any barge that is part of an integrated tug and barge unit. DCR is the residue of non-toxic and non- hazardous bulk dry cargo like limestone, iron ore, and coal. These regulations also add new recordkeeping and reporting requirements and encourage carriers to adopt voluntary control measures for reducing discharges. Discharges are now prohibited in certain protected and sensitive areas where, previously, they were allowed. The Coast Guard also requests public comments on the need for and feasibility of additional conditions that might be imposed on discharges in the future, such as mandatory use of control measures, or further adjustments to the areas where discharges are allowed or prohibited.
Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Spa Creek, Annapolis, MD
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the enforcement period for special local regulations during the ``Tug-of-War'', a marine event held annually on the waters of Spa Creek between Eastport and Annapolis, Maryland. 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 Spa Creek during the event.
Shipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments
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. These changes are provided to coincide with the annual recodification of Title 46 on October 1.