Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval of a revision to the following collection of information: 1625-0008, Regattas and Marine Parades. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Before submitting this ICR to OIRA, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below.
Safety Zones; Annual Events Requiring Safety Zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan Zone
The Coast Guard proposes to amend its safety zones regulations for annual events in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. This proposed rule would update the locations and/or enforcement times for 23 permanent safety zones, add 10 new permanent safety zones, and allow enforcement times to be subject to change with notice. We believe these changes are necessary to protect spectators, participants, and vessels from the hazards associated with annual maritime events, including fireworks displays, boat races, and air shows.
Distant Water Tuna Fleet Vessels-Manning Exemption Guidance
Pursuant to section 421 of the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act (CGMTA) of 2006, section 904 of the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, and section 701 of the CGMTA of 2012, the Coast Guard announces the availability of CG-CVC Policy Letter 13-04, Distant Water Tuna Fleet (DWTF) Vessels Manning Exemption Guidance. The Coast Guard also requests public comments on the manning exemption criteria and eligibility, and on the process for obtaining a manning exemption approval letter.
Waterway Suitability Assessment for Construction and Operation of Liquefied Gas Terminals; Lake Charles, LA
Per the Coast Guard regulations in 33 CFR 127.007, Big Lake Fuels LLC has submitted a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment to the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), Port Arthur, Texas regarding the company's plans to construct, own and operate a waterfront facility handling and storing Liquefied Hazardous Gas (LHG) at its Lake Charles, Louisiana facility. The Coast Guard is notifying the public of this action to solicit public comments on the proposed increase in LHG marine traffic on the Calcasieu Ship Channel and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Draft Guidance for Interpreting Regulations for Marine Casualty Reporting
The Coast Guard announces the availability of draft guidance in the form of a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) entitled ``Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 4 Marine Casualty Reporting Procedures Guide with Associated Standard Interpretations.'' The draft NVIC will assist regulated maritime industry stakeholders in determining if certain occurrences are reportable or not reportable to the Coast Guard, other than those related to recreational vessel casualties. This notice requests public comment on the impacts that the interpretations and policies contained in the draft NVIC would have upon vessel owners and operators or other affected parties. This notice promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
Anchorage Grounds and Safety Zone, Delaware River; Marcus Hook, PA
The Coast Guard is establishing temporary regulations in support of the annual U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredging of Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River. Anchorage restrictions and a safety zone affecting the Marcus Hook area of the Delaware River are in place every year from September 1 through December 31. The dredging operations taking place this year require the regulations to remain in place through February 28, 2014. This final rule establishes temporary regulations to extend the time that those regulations are in place.
2012 Liquid Chemical Categorization Updates
The Coast Guard announces the additional delay of the effective date of this interim rule from January 16, 2014, to January 16, 2015. The delay until 2015 will allow the Coast Guard to investigate and, if necessary, correct technical errors that were brought to the Coast Guard's attention by public comments on the interim rule.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Vermillion River, Abbeville, LA
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation that governs the State Road (SR) 14 Bridge across the Vermilion River, mile 25.4, at Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The deviation is necessary to affect replacement of the wire rope cables. This is part of the normal maintenance that is required for safe operation of the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain closed to navigation for 14 consecutive days.
Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment
The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for certain design and approval standards for fire protection, detection, and extinguishing equipment on inspected and uninspected vessels, outer continental shelf facilities, deepwater ports, and mobile offshore drilling units. The proposed amendments would harmonize Coast Guard regulations with appropriate national and international consensus standards; address advances in fire protection technologies and standards; update Coast Guard approval processes for fire detection and alarm systems; and revise Coast Guard regulations for other types of equipment or components, such as spanner wrenches, non-metallic pipes, and sprinkler systems. These proposed changes are necessary to ensure Coast Guard regulations remain current and address advances in technology.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Upper Mississippi River, Sabula, IA
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Sabula Railroad Drawbridge across the Upper Mississippi River, mile 535.0, at Sabula, Iowa. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to perform repairs and maintenance that is essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed- to-navigation position while a damaged gear assembly is replaced and structural steel repairs are completed.
Regulated Navigation Areas and Limited Access Areas Waterway Management; Apra Harbor, Guam
The Coast Guard is considering revising and consolidating existing Regulated Navigation Areas, Security Zones and Safety Zones currently in place in Apra Harbor, Guam. This action is intended to replace a number of redundant, potentially confusing and outdated navigation regulations with a cogent regulatory framework. The goal is to better meet the needs of the community today and ensure the safe and efficient use of the harbor by clarifying and streamlining requirements thereby reducing vessel operator confusion while transiting the waters of Apra Harbor, Guam. We are soliciting comments related to navigation in Apra Harbor, Guam including ways the Coast Guard can streamline the regulations in place while promoting safety on the waterway.
Marine Casualty Reporting on the Outer Continental Shelf
The Coast Guard proposes broadening the regulatory requirements for reporting marine casualties that occur on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The limited reporting requirements currently applicable to foreign-flag OCS units in those waters would be replaced with the broader requirements currently applicable to U.S.- flag OCS units and to marine casualties occurring elsewhere in U.S. waters. The proposed changes would improve the Coast Guard's ability to collect and analyze casualty data for incidents on the OCS, in the interest of maintaining and improving safety on the OCS. This proposed rule would support the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.