Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee
The Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee (HOGANSAC) and its working groups will meet in Houston, Texas to discuss waterway improvements, aids to navigation, area projects impacting safety on the Houston Ship Channel, and various other navigation safety matters in the Galveston Bay area. All meetings will be open to the public.
Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee; Meeting
The Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee (DRBOSAC) will hold an administrative meeting in Philadelphia, PA to discuss various issues to improve oil spill prevention and response strategies for the Delaware River and Bay. During the meeting, the items concerning the Committee's organization and action items will be discussed. This meeting will be open to the public.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Curtis Creek in Baltimore, MD, Maintenance
The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, has approved a temporary deviation from the regulations governing the operation of the Pennington Avenue Bridge, at mile 0.9, across Curtis Creek in Baltimore, MD. Under this temporary deviation, the drawbridge may remain in the closed position on specific dates and times to facilitate electrical repairs.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Raritan River, Arthur Kill, and Their Tributaries, New Jersey
The Commander, First Coast Guard District, has issued a new temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Arthur Kill (AK) Railroad Bridge across Arthur Kill at mile 11.6 between Staten Island, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey. This deviation is necessary to test a new operating rule for the bridge that will help determine the most equitable and safe solution to facilitate the present and anticipated needs of navigation and rail traffic. This deviation requires the AK Railroad Bridge to remain in the open position but allows the bridge owner/operator to schedule short bridge closure periods after first broadcasting advance notice to the marine community. This change from the previous deviation will consider the needs of navigation and allow marine interests to adjust their schedules around the bridge closure periods.
Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements; Vessel Response Plans for Oil
The Coast Guard is amending the vessel response plan salvage and marine firefighting requirements for tank vessels carrying oil. These revisions clarify the salvage and marine firefighting services that must be identified in vessel response plans and set new response time requirements for each of the required salvage and marine firefighting services. The changes ensure that the appropriate salvage and marine firefighting resources are identified and available for responding to incidents up to and including the worst case discharge scenario.