Coast Guard December 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Guidance on Maritime Cybersecurity Standards
Document Number: 2014-30613
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register on December 18, 2014 requesting public comments on maritime cybersecurity standards. The notice included a footnote that contained an error regarding the scope of the population that might wish to submit comments on the notice. The purpose of this correction is to clarify that Coast Guard seeks comments from all parties interested in maritime cybersecurity standards.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Victoria Barge Canal, Bloomington, Texas
Document Number: 2014-30494
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the method of operation for the Victoria Barge Canal Railroad Bridge across the Victoria Barge Canal, mile 29.4 at Bloomington, Victoria County, Texas. The bridge will continue to open on signal. The bridge owner, the Victoria County Navigation District, in conjunction with the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the operator of the bridge, requested permission to remotely operate the bridge. This deviation tests a remote operating system as the method for opening the bridge under the existing operating schedule to determine whether a permanent change to remote operations can be approved.
Safety Zone; Triathlon National Championships, Milwaukee Harbor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Document Number: 2014-30491
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone within Milwaukee Harbor in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Milwaukee Harbor due to the 2015 Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships. This proposed safety zone is necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated with the 2015 Olympic and Sprint Distance National Championships.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Intracoastal Waterway, Surf City, NC
Document Number: 2014-30459
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the NC Route 50-210 Highway Bridge, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 260.7, in Surf City, NC. This drawbridge is presently regulated to open on signal for commercial vessels and pleasure vessels, except between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. when the draw need only open on the hour for pleasure vessels. To facilitate necessary repairs, this deviation allows for the bridge to remain closed to navigation from 6 p.m. on February 22, 2015 to 6 p.m. February 24, 2015, except for two openings at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
Safety Zones; Captain of the Port Boston Fireworks Display Zone, Boston Harbor, Boston, MA
Document Number: 2014-30458
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone in the Captain of the Port Boston Zone on the specified date and time listed below. This action is necessary to ensure the protection of the maritime public and event participants from the hazards associated with this annual recurring event.
Security Zones; Dignitary Arrival/Departure and United Nations Meetings, New York, NY
Document Number: 2014-30455
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is amending 33 CFR 165.164 by establishing three security zones to replace the three regulated navigation areas (RNAs) currently contained within this section. The Coast Guard is also disestablishing these three RNAs. The three security zones, just like the RNAs they replace, are meant to promote public safety and to protect dignitaries who visit the United Nations in New York, NY.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Mystic River, Mystic, CT
Document Number: 2014-30454
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Amtrak Railroad Bridge across the Mystic River, mile 2.4, at Mystic, Connecticut. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to perform mechanical and electrical repairs at the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed for two 14 day closures and two 10 day closures.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Mantua Creek, Paulsboro, NJ
Document Number: 2014-30451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to change the operating regulation that governs the Conrail railroad bridge over Mantua Creek at mile marker 1.4 in Paulsboro, NJ. The bridge owner, Conrail, is modifying the operating system which controls the bridge operations. Cameras will be installed and the bridge will be remotely operated from Mt. Laurel, NJ. Train crew will no longer be required to stop and check the waterway for approaching vessel traffic prior to initiating a bridge closure or be responsible to operate the bridge closure equipment located at the bridge site.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Northeast Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC
Document Number: 2014-30449
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge, mile 1.0, across the Northeast Cape Fear River, at Wilmington, NC. The deviation restricts the operation of the draw span to facilitate mechanical repairs to the main breaker of the bridge.
Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities
Document Number: 2014-30013
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to require each owner or operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individual. Generally, transiting through a facility is the only way that a seafarer or other individual can egress to shore beyond the facility to access basic shoreside businesses and services, and meet with family members and other personnel that do not hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential. This proposed rule would help to ensure that no facility owner or operator denies or makes it impractical for seafarers or other individuals to transit through the facility, and would require them to document their access procedures in their Facility Security Plans. This proposed rule would implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.
Safety Zones; Annual Events Requiring Safety Zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan Zone
Document Number: 2014-30104
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to amend its safety zones regulations for Annual Events in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. This proposed amendment updates 18 permanent safety zones, adds 5 new permanent safety zones, and reformats the coordinates for safety zones. These amendments and additions are necessary to protect spectators, participants, and vessels from the hazards associated with annual maritime events, including fireworks displays, boat races, and air shows, and improves the precision and compatibility of safety zone coordinates.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Red River, Alexandria, LA
Document Number: 2014-29661
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Jackson Street Drawbridge across the Red River, mile 88.6, at Alexandria, Louisiana. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to install four new pinion gears that are essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position and not open to vessel traffic.
Guidance on Maritime Cybersecurity Standards
Document Number: 2014-29658
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is developing policy to help vessel and facility operators identify and address cyber-related vulnerabilities that could contribute to a Transportation Security Incident. Coast Guard regulations require certain vessel and facility operators to conduct security assessments, and to develop security plans that address vulnerabilities identified by the security assessment. The Coast Guard is seeking public input from the maritime industry and other interested parties on how to identify and mitigate potential vulnerabilities to cyber-dependent systems. The Coast Guard will consider these public comments in developing relevant guidance, which may include standards, guidelines, and best practices to protect maritime critical infrastructure.
Regulated Navigation Area; Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, Oregon Inlet, NC
Document Number: 2014-29589
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) on the navigable waters of Oregon Inlet, NC surrounding the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. This RNA will allow the Coast Guard to enforce vessel traffic restrictions within the RNA when necessary to safeguard people and vessels from the hazards associated with potential catastrophic structural damage that could occur due to vessel allisions with the bridge.
Revision of Safety/Security Zone Regulations; 2014 Tampa Bay; Captain of the Port St. Petersburg Zone, FL
Document Number: 2014-29582
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is consolidating three security zone regulations into one regulation. In addition, the Coast Guard is disestablishing two safety zone regulations and converting those safety zones into security zones for all navigable waterways of Big Bend, Boca Grande, Crystal River, East Bay, Hillsborough Bay, MacDill Air Force Base, Manbirtee Key, Old Port Tampa, Port Manatee, Port Tampa, Port St. Petersburg, Port Sutton, Rattlesnake, and Weedon Island, FL. The purpose of these revisions is to ensure the security of vessels, facilities, and the surrounding areas within these zones. Entry into the area encompassed by these security zones is prohibited without permission of the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget
Document Number: 2014-29440
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding Information Collection Requests (ICRs), abstracted below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval of the following collection of information: 1625NEW, District Five, Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Survey. Review and comments by OIRA ensure we only impose paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.
Safety Zone; Kent Narrows Draw Bridge Repairs, Kent Island Narrows; Queen Anne's County, MD
Document Number: 2014-29371
Type: Unknown
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone encompassing certain waters of Kent Island Narrows in Queen Anne's County, MD. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners and their vessels on navigable waters during bridge repairs at the Kent Narrows (MD-18B) Draw Bridge. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic movement to protect mariners from potential safety hazards associated with the bridge project scheduled to occur in the federal navigation channel between December 15, 2014 and February 16, 2015. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore or his designated representative.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Cheesequake Creek, Morgan, NJ
Document Number: 2014-29367
Type: Unknown
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the New Jersey Transit Rail Operations (NJTRO) railroad bridge across Cheesequake Creek, mile 0.2, at Morgan, New Jersey. This deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to perform structural repairs at the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed on nine consecutive weekends.
Safety Zone; David Beahm; Hudson River, New York, NY
Document Number: 2014-29359
Type: Unknown
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone in the Captain of the Port (COTP) New York Zone on the specified date and time. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and spectators from hazards associated with fireworks displays. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the safety zone without permission from the COTP or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; Reduced Visibility, Sector St. Petersburg Captain of the Port Zone, FL
Document Number: 2014-29357
Type: Unknown
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones for all of Tampa Bay during periods of reduced visibility. The safety zones will be enforced when visibility falls below one nautical mile. Tampa Bay will be categorized into seven zones in order to close only the affected areas of Tampa Bay. Heavy fog affects Tampa Bay an average of 22 days annually, mainly between the months of November through March. These safety zones are necessary to protect commercial traffic from the hazards resulting from reduced visibility. Entering, transiting within, or transiting through this safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port St. Petersburg or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; City of Valdez July 4th Fireworks Display, Port Valdez; Valdez, AK
Document Number: 2014-29229
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone on the navigable waters of Port Valdez, Valdez, Alaska, in the vicinity of the Valdez Spit. The proposed safety zone is necessary to protect persons and vessels from the hazards associated with the annual City of Valdez July 4th Fireworks Display event. This rule is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the navigable waters of Port Valdez, in the immediate vicinity of the fireworks launch platforms, before, during, and immediately after the fireworks event.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Mississippi River, Clinton, IA
Document Number: 2014-29212
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Clinton Railroad Drawbridge, across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 518.0, at Clinton, Iowa. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to perform preventive maintenance that is essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. Maintenance is scheduled in the winter when there is less impact on navigation; instead of scheduling work in the summer, when river traffic increases. This deviation allows the bridge to open on signal if at least 24-hours advance notice is given. It further allows the bridge to open on signal if at least 72-hours advance notice is given from January 5, 2015 to February 13, 2015.
Guidance on Maritime Cybersecurity Standards
Document Number: 2014-29205
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Coast Guard announces a public meeting to be held in Washington, DC, to receive comments on the development of cybersecurity assessment methods for vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on development of security assessment methods that assist vessel and facility owners and operators identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could cause or contribute to a Transportation Security Incident. The Coast Guard will consider these public comments in developing relevant guidance, which may include standards, guidelines, and best practices to protect maritime critical infrastructure.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Arkansas River, Pine Bluff, AR
Document Number: 2014-29116
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-11
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Rob Roy Railroad Drawbridge across the Arkansas River, mile 64.7, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to install a new generator and motor that are essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed- to-navigation position and not open to vessel traffic.
Consolidated Cruise Ship Security Regulations
Document Number: 2014-28845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. The proposed regulations would provide detailed, flexible requirements for the screening of all baggage, personal items, and personsincluding passengers, crew, and visitors intended for carriage on a cruise ship. The proposed regulations would standardize security of cruise ship terminals and eliminate redundancies in the regulations that govern the security of cruise ship terminals.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Upper Mississippi River, Dubuque, IA
Document Number: 2014-28842
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-09
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Illinois Central Railroad Drawbridge, across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 579.9, at Dubuque, Iowa. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to perform preventive maintenance that is essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. Maintenance is scheduled in the winter when there is less impact on navigation, instead of scheduling work in the summer when river traffic increases. This deviation allows the bridge to open on signal if at least 24-hours advance notice is given. It further allows the bridge to remain closed for up to 72 hours in duration occasionally to replace larger components as long as 72-hours notice is given to the USCG District Eight Western Rivers Bridge Branch.
Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea
Document Number: 2014-28672
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
This study is a continuation of and an expansion of scope to the Port Access Route Study (PARS) the Coast Guard announced in 2010. Based on comments received from the 2010 notice the Coast Guard has developed a potential vessel routing system for the area. The Coast Guard requests comments on how consolidating vessel traffic into a defined vessel routing system may impact or benefit the region. The goal of the study is to help reduce the risk of marine casualties and increase the efficiency of vessel traffic in the region. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation: Illinois Waterway, Joliet, IL
Document Number: 2014-28608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces a public meeting to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Illinois Waterway, Joliet, IL'' that was published in the Federal Register on August 27, 2014. As stated in the NPRM, the Coast Guard proposes to modify the operating regulations for six drawbridges, located between river mile 285.8 and river mile 288.7, across the Illinois Waterway, at Joliet, Illinois. The NPRM proposes to consolidate the current operating regulation, which includes five on-site bridge tender control stations, into one centralized control point for all five drawbridges. The NPRM also proposes to add a sixth drawbridge that will also operate under the centralized control point. The proposed action is intended to improve navigational safety and operational efficiency in the Joliet area.
Safety Zone: Gallant Channel, Beaufort, NC
Document Number: 2014-28604
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the waters of the Gallant Channel at Beaufort, North Carolina. The safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of mariners on navigable waters during construction of the new U.S. 70 Fixed Bridge crossing the Gallant Channel, mile 203.8, at Beaufort, North Carolina. The safety zone will temporarily restrict vessel movement within the designated area.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Belle Chasse, LA
Document Number: 2014-28602
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-05
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Louisiana State Route 23 (LA 23) vertical lift span bridge, also known as the Judge Perez Bridge, across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Algiers Alternate Route), mile 3.8, at Belle Chasse, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. This deviation is necessary to provide for the safe movement of vehicular traffic during major plant reconstruction on one side of the waterway and the resulting change in work schedule and increase in workforce transiting the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain temporarily closed to navigation for an additional one hour in the evening during weekdays for five weeks.
Anchorage Regulations: Anchorage Grounds, Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, California
Document Number: 2014-28449
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is disestablishing Commercial Anchorage ``A'' and is revising the permission and notification requirements in the regulations for the anchorage grounds of Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, California. Commercial Anchorage ``A'' has become the location of a Submerged Material Storage Site and is no longer usable. Revised permission and notification requirements affect the six commercial anchorages within the breakwater of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that can accommodate vessels with lengths exceeding 800 feet overall and drafts greater than 40 feet. This revision requires vessels using these deep draft anchorages for more than 48 hours to obtain extended anchorage permission from the Captain of the Port (COTP) Los Angeles-Long Beach. This action will assist the COTP and the Pilots for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to reduce congestion in the deep draft anchorage grounds within the harbor breakwater.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
Document Number: 2014-28342
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-02
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. The Towing Safety Advisory Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Applicants selected for service on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee via this solicitation will not begin their respective terms until September 30, 2015.
Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2015 Annual Review and Adjustment-Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2014-28272
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Great Lakes Pilotage Rates 2015 Annual Review and Adjustment,'' published on September 4, 2014, for 30 days. We have decided to extend the comment period as we have received new financial data that could affect the discretion provided by Step 7 of the Appendix A methodology and the final rate.
Security Zone; USCGC Hamilton Commissioning Ceremony, Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC
Document Number: 2014-28271
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary security zone in the navigable waters of the Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC within Coast Guard Sector Charleston's Captain of the Port Zone. The security zone is necessary to prevent damage or injury to vessels and to safeguard Charleston Harbor during the USCGC HAMILTON commissioning ceremony. Persons and vessels will be prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the security zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Charleston or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; Upper Mississippi River Between Mile 44 and 46; Thebes, IL
Document Number: 2014-28270
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-01
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for all waters of the Upper Mississippi River, extending the entire width from mile 44 and 46. This safety zone is needed to protect persons, property, and infrastructure from potential damage and safety hazards associated with the removal of two 16 inch Enterprise pipelines in the navigation channel. Entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Ohio Valley or a designated representative.