Guidance Regarding Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program
The Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-13, ``Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program (MSP).'' The MSP serves as a means for establishing a fleet of commercially viable and militarily useful vessels to meet national defense as well as other security requirements. NVIC 01-13 sets forth the Coast Guard's policies and procedures regarding the inspection and certification of vessels under the MSP. NVIC 01-13 provides a comprehensive approach to the MSP inspection process through the establishment of two levels of MSP inspection and oversight.
Special Local Regulations and Safety Zones; Recurring Marine Events and Fireworks Displays Within the Fifth Coast Guard District
The Coast Guard proposes to revise the list of special local regulations and safety zones established for recurring marine events and fireworks displays at various locations within the geographic boundary of the Fifth Coast Guard District. This rulemaking proposes to revise Coast Guard regulations by adding 15 new annual recurring marine events, fireworks displays and revising event date(s) and coordinates for 31 previously established locations within the geographic boundary of the Fifth Coast Guard District. This proposed rule would also delete 21 previously listed marine events, fireworks displays and corresponding regulated areas that no longer occur. These regulations would apply to all events listed in the table attached to the regulation, and include events such as regattas, power boat races, marine parades, swimming races and fireworks displays. Special local regulations and safety zones are being proposed 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.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; New Haven Harbor, Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers, CT
The Coast Guard has changed the drawbridge operation regulations that govern the operation of three bridges across the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers at New Haven, Connecticut, to relieve the bridge owner from the burden of crewing the bridges during time periods when the bridges seldom receive requests to open while still providing for the reasonable needs of navigation.
Implementation of MARPOL Annex V Amendments
The Coast Guard is publishing an interim rule with request for comments to conform regulations to the adopted MARPOL Annex V amendments which entered into force on January 1, 2013. The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex V (Garbage) amendments prohibiting the discharge of garbage from vessels unless expressly allowed were adopted by the International Maritime Organization's Marine Environmental Protection Committee in July 2011 and implemented domestically through the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. Under this rule, the only allowed discharges will be certain food wastes, cargo residues, cleaning agents and additives in wash waters, and animal carcasses.
Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-2013 Annual Review and Adjustment
The Coast Guard is adjusting the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The adjustments establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.