Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Wabash River; Activity Identifier; Permanent Change to Operating Schedule
The Coast Guard moves that the procedures for Operation of Drawbridges across the Wabash River be revised to reflect the needs of navigation. There were no comments or related materials received from the public for the Notice of Final Rulemaking docket number USCG-2008-0100 that preceded this Final Rule.
Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee Vacancies
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC). This committee advises and makes recommendations to the Coast Guard on matters relating to the safe navigation of vessels to and from the Ports of Galveston, Houston, and Texas City, and throughout Galveston Bay, Texas.
Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System
The Coast Guard is proposing to expand the applicability of notice of arrival and departure (NOAD) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to more commercial vessels. This proposed rule would expand the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) requirements to additional vessels, establish a separate requirement for certain vessels to submit notices of departure (NOD), set forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOA and NOD, and modify related reporting content, timeframes, and procedures. This proposed rule would also expand the applicability of AIS requirements, beyond Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas, to all U.S. navigable waters and require AIS carriage for additional commercial vessels. These proposed changes would improve navigation safety, enhance the Coast Guard's ability to identify and track vessels, heighten our overall maritime domain awareness, and thus help us address threats to maritime transportation safety and security and mitigate the possible harm from such threats.
Review and Update of Standards for Marine Equipment; Correction
The Coast Guard published a document in the Federal Register on October 31, 2008 (73 FR 65156), revising rules relating to standards for marine equipment. That document provided incorrect amendatory instruction for 46 CFR 56.30-10. This document corrects the final regulation by revising the amendatory instruction.