Special Local Regulations; Recurring Marine Events in the Fifth Coast Guard District
The Coast Guard is revising the list of special local regulations established for recurring marine events at various locations within the geographic boundary of the Fifth Coast Guard District. This rule revises 33 CFR 100.501 by adding 6 new annual recurring marine events and modifying event date(s) for 12 previously established locations within the geographic boundary of the Fifth Coast Guard District. This rule also deletes 4 previously listed marine events and corresponding regulated areas that no longer occur. These regulations will apply to all events listed in the table attached to the regulation, and include events such as regattas, power boat races and marine parades. Special local regulations are established to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during these events, reduce the Coast Guard's administrative workload and expedite public notification of events. Entry into or movement within these proposed regulated areas during the enforcement periods is prohibited without approval of the appropriate Captain of the Port.
Draft Guidance Regarding Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program
The Coast Guard announces the availability of a draft Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) that sets forth the Coast Guard's policies and procedures regarding the inspection and certification of vessels under the Maritime Security Program (MSP). The draft NVIC provides a comprehensive approach to the MSP inspection process through the establishment of two levels of MSP inspection and oversight. This notice solicits public comment on the impacts that the policies and procedures contained in this draft NVIC would have on applicable vessels and other affected parties.