Long Range Aids to Navigation (Loran-C) Program; Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
The Coast Guard announces the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on the Future of the Long Range Aids to Navigation (Loran-C) Program. We request your comments on the Draft PEIS.
Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification System
The Coast Guard announces a public meeting to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Coast Guard regulations governing Notice of Arrival and Departure (NOAD) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements.
Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee
The Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee will meet in New Orleans, LA to discuss various issues relating to navigational safety on the Lower Mississippi River and related waterways. This meeting will be open to the public.
Maritime Identification Credentials
This document informs the public that, after their Captain of the Port (COTP) has implemented access control procedures using the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), the COTP no longer needs to enforce the previously published notice requiring name- based vetting of certain port workers.
Notification of the Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States; Venezuela
The Coast Guard announces that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the country of Venezuela.
Pollution Prevention Equipment
The Coast Guard is amending its oil pollution prevention equipment regulations to make them consistent with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines and specifications issued under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex I. These revisions will implement MARPOL Annex I regulations and are intended to reduce the amount of oil discharged from vessels and eliminate the use of ozone-depleting solvents in equipment tests. This interim rule will require all vessels replacing or installing oil separators and bilge alarms to install equipment that meets revised standards and it will require newly constructed vessels carrying oil in bulk to install monitoring systems that meet the revised standards. We have delayed the implementation of three paragraphs involving vessels constructed and equipment installed on or after January 1, 2005. We seek comments on these three paragraphs and will consider those comments before issuing a final rule.
Security Zone; Steam Generator Transit, Captain of the Port Zone San Diego; San Diego, CA
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary moving security zone around steam generators as they transit through and when moored in the Captain of the Port(COTP) zone San Diego. This security zone is needed to prevent vessels from transiting in the vicinity of the generators to help ensure the safety and security of the operation. Entry into this zone will be prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port, San Diego, or his designated representative.
Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget; OMB
On September 23, 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on our intent to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) and Analysis to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting a revision of its approval for the following collection of information: 1625-0040, Continuous Discharge Book, Application, Physical Exam Report, Sea Service Report, Chemical Testing, Entry Level Physical. That notice stated the complete ICR would be available through both the online docket and at the Coast Guard facility in Washington, DC. Because the complete ICR was not made available online during the stated comment period, we are reopening it until February 5, 2008.
Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget; OMB Control Numbers: 1625-0097 and 1625-0099
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit Information Collection Requests (ICRs) and Analyses to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of its approval for the following collections of information: (1) 1625-0097, Plan Approval and Records for Marine Engineering Systems46 CFR Subchapter F; and (2) 1625-0099, Requirements for the Use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Compressed Natural Gas as Cooking Fuel on Passenger Vessels. Before submitting these ICRs to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below.
Information Collection Requests to Office of Management and Budget; OMB Control Numbers: 1625-0022, 1625-0093, 1625-0094, and 1625-0095
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit Information Collection Requests (ICRs) and Analyses to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of its approval for the following collections of information: (1) 1625-0022, Application for Tonnage Measurement of Vessels; (2) 1625-0093, Facilities Transferring Oil or Hazardous Materials in BulkLetter of Intent and Operations Manual; (3) 1625- 0094, Ships Carrying Bulk Hazardous Liquids; and (4) 1625-0095, Oil and Hazardous Material Pollution Prevention and Safety Records, Equivalents/Alternatives and Exemptions. Before submitting these ICRs to OMB, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget: OMB Control Number: 1625-0073
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this request for comments announces that the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request (ICR), abstracted below, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting an extension of its approval for the following collection of information: 1625-0073, Alteration of Unreasonable Obstructive Bridges. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Review and comments by OIRA ensure we only impose paperwork burdens commensurate with our performance of duties.
Commercial Diving Operations
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the commercial diving regulations. We request public comment on industry standards and current practices that might be incorporated in our regulations or accepted as regulatory equivalents; the use of third-party auditing; new requirements for compliance documentation; the adoption of recommendations made following the investigation of a 1996 fatality; and possible additional regulatory revisions. This rulemaking will promote the enhancement of maritime safety which is a strategic goal of the Coast Guard.
2008 Rates for Pilotage on the Great Lakes
The Coast Guard is revising and finalizing the March 2008 interim rule, which updated rates for pilotage service on the Great Lakes by increasing rates an average of 8.17% over the last ratemaking that was completed in September 2007. In response to new contract provisions and to public comments on our rulemaking, this final rule increases rates an additional 9.95%, for a total average increase of 18.92% since 2007.