Safety Zones; Annual Events Requiring Safety Zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan Zone
The Coast Guard is amending its regulations requiring safety zones in the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan zone. This rule will amend the rules that restrict vessels from portions of water areas during events that pose a hazard to public safety. The safety zones amended or established by this rule are necessary to protect spectators, participants, and vessels from the hazards associated with various maritime events.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)-Reader Requirements
The Coast Guard announces a public meeting to take place on May 2, 2013, in Seattle, Washington to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013, under the title ``Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)Reader Requirements.'' The Coast Guard encourages members of the public to attend this meeting and provide oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking on TWIC reader requirements.
Safety Zones; Swim Events in the Captain of the Port New York Zone; Hudson River, East River, Upper New York Bay, Lower New York Bay; New York, NY
The Coast Guard proposes to establish five temporary safety zones for swim events within the Captain of the Port (COTP) New York Zone. These proposed zones will be established on the navigable waters of the Hudson River, East River, Upper New York Bay, and Lower New York Bay. These temporary safety zones are necessary to protect the maritime public and event participants from the hazards associated with these events. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, mooring, or anchoring within the safety zones unless authorized by the COTP New York or the designated representative.
Drawbridge Operation Regulations; Pelican Island Causeway, Galveston, Channel, TX
The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the operating schedule that governs the Pelican Island Causeway bridge across Galveston Channel mile 4.5 (GIWW mile 356.1), at Galveston, Texas. The temporary change to the regulations will allow the bridge to remain closed to navigation while major repairs are conducted to the mechanical portions of the bascule span. Failure to complete the repairs in a timely manner may render the bridge completely inoperable for the passage of vessel traffic.
Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
The United States Coast Guard (the Coast Guard) is requesting applications from qualified candidates seeking consideration for appointment as public members to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow- draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.