Security Zones; Captain of the Port Lake Michigan; Technical Amendment
The Coast Guard is revising the contact information for Security Zones in Sector Lake Michigan. This action is necessary because the telephone number is incorrect as well as the frequency of VHF Channel 16. These corrections will ensure the ability of persons or vessels that wish to request permission to transit these areas.
Processing of Merchant Mariner Credentials for Those Mariners Not Requiring a Transportation Worker Identification Credential
The Coast Guard announces the availability of Policy Letter 11-15, which describes steps the Coast Guard is taking to implement a statutory change in mariner credentialing requirements. This policy letter details how the Coast Guard is relaxing its Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) enforcement posture for mariners who serve on board vessels that are not required to have a vessel security plan. It also describes policy changes to allow these mariners to acquire and renew a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) without holding a valid TWIC.
Special Local Regulations; Patriot Challenge Kayak Race, Ashley River, Charleston, SC
The Coast Guard proposes to establish special local regulations on the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina during the Patriot Challenge Kayak Race on Saturday, April 28, 2012. Approximately 150 paddle boats are anticipated to participate in the Patriot Challenge Kayak Race. Participant paddle boats will include: kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters of the United States during the race. The special local regulations consist of a series of moving buffer zones around participant vessels as they transit the Ashley River from Brittlebank Park to Tidewater Reach and back to Brittlebank Park. Persons and vessels that are not participating in the race are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within any of the buffer zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Charleston or a designated representative.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJICW), Atlantic City, NJ
The Coast Guard is changing the regulations that govern the operations of two New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) bridges: The Route 30/Absecon Boulevard Bridge across Beach Thorofare, NJICW mile 67.2 and the US 40-322 (Albany Avenue) Bridge across Inside Thorofare, NJICW mile 70.0, both at Atlantic City, NJ. The change will alter the dates that these bridges are allowed to have delayed openings or remain in the closed position to accommodate heavy volumes of vehicular traffic due to the annual July 4th fireworks shows and the annual Air Show at Bader Field.