Consolidation of Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection For Outer Continental Shelf Activities; Eighth Coast Guard District
The Coast Guard is considering establishing a single Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) to oversee marine inspections for all Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Floating Outer Continental Shelf Facilities (as defined in Coast Guard regulations) engaged directly in, capable of engaging directly in, or being constructed to engage directly in oil and gas exploration or production in the offshore waters of the Eighth Coast Guard District (referred to hereafter collectively as ``units''). Currently, these units are inspected by six separate OCMI offices across the Eighth Coast District. The Coast Guard believes that the consolidation of the six existing OCMI offices into one will promote efficiency and consistency for both the Coast Guard and the regulated industry.
Safety Zone; Kuoni Destination Management Fireworks; San Diego, CA
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone on the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay in support of the Kuoni Destination Management Fireworks Display on August 6, 2013. This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative.
Safety Zone; San Diego International Airport Terminal Two West Grand Opening Fireworks; San Diego, CA
The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone on the navigable waters of the San Diego Bay in support of a fireworks display for the Grand Opening of Lindbergh Airport Terminal Two West on August 8, 2013. This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, crew, spectators, participating vessels, and other vessels and users of the waterway. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative.
Safety Zones; Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association Facilities; Columbia and Willamette Rivers
The Coast Guard has established temporary safety zones around the following Pacific Northwest Grain Handlers Association facilities: the Columbia Grain facility on the Willamette River in Portland, OR, the United Grain Corporation facility on the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA, the Temco Irving facility on the Willamette River in Portland, OR, the Temco Kalama facility on the Columbia River in Kalama, WA, and the Louis Dreyfus Commodities facility on the Willamette River in Portland, OR. These safety zones extend approximately between the navigable channel and the shoreline of the facility described. These safety zones have been established to ensure that on-water protest activities near these facilities do not create hazardous navigation conditions for vessels protesting, transiting in the navigable channel, or attempting to moor at the facilities and that any on-water activities do not create hazardous conditions while grain- shipment vessels are moored at the facilities. This rule revises the safety zones already promulgated to add one additional grain facility, respond to comments already received, and to correct typographical errors in previous versions of the safety zones at the Columbia Grain and United Grain Corporation facilities.
Final Guidance Regarding Voluntary Inspection of Vessels for Compliance With the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
The Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 02-13, that sets forth the Coast Guard's policies and procedures regarding the inspection of U.S. vessels for voluntary compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC or Convention). The Convention enters into force on August 20, 2013. The purpose of NVIC 02-13 is to provide guidance to the maritime industry, Coast Guard marine inspectors, and other affected parties on how the Coast Guard intends to implement the new voluntary inspection program. The Coast Guard finalized NVIC 02-13 after considering public comments received in response to our publication of a draft version of NVIC 02-13 in the Federal Register on February 11, 2013.
Special Local Regulations and Safety Zones; Recurring Events in Northern New England
The Coast Guard is updating special local regulations and permanent safety zones in the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Northern New England Zone for annual recurring marine events. When these special local regulations or safety zones are activated and subject to enforcement this rule will restrict vessels from portions of water areas during these annual recurring events. The revised special local regulations and safety zones will expedite public notification of events, and ensure the protection of the maritime public and event participants from the hazards associated with these annual recurring events.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Umpqua River, Reedsport, OR
The Coast Guard proposes to temporarily change the operating schedule that governs the U.S. 101 Umpqua River swing bridge, mile 11.1, at Reedsport, OR. The proposed rule change is necessary to accommodate Oregon Department of Transportation's (ODOT) extensive bridge maintenance and restoration efforts. The bridge is currently scheduled to open on signal if at least two hours notice is given. ODOT proposes to only open the bridge with a minimum of six hours notice and will limit the openings to twice daily; once in the morning and once in the evening.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Albemarle Sound to Sunset Beach, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), Wrightsville Beach, NC
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the S.R. 74 Bridge, at mile 283.1, over the AICW, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. The deviation is necessary to facilitate electrical system and equipment upgrades to the bridge. This temporary deviation allows the drawbridge to remain in the closed to navigation position.
Safety Zones and Special Local Regulations; Recurring Marine Events in Captain of the Port Long Island Sound Zone
The Coast Guard will enforce special local regulations for one regatta and seven safety zones for five fireworks displays and two swim events in the Sector Long Island Sound area of responsibility on the dates and times listed in the tables below. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waterways during the events. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the regulated area or safety zones without permission of the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Long Island Sound or designated representative.
Safety Zone; Motion Picture Filming; Chicago River; Chicago, IL
The Coast Guard is establishing three temporary safety zones on the Chicago River in Chicago, IL. These safety zones are intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the Chicago River due to the filming of a motion picture. These temporary safety zones are necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated with the stunt work, rigging, and other hazards involved in the filming of a motion picture.
Safety Zone; East End Maritime Foundation Fireworks Display, Greenport Harbor, Greenport, NY
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of Greenport Harbor near Greenport, NY for the East End Maritime Foundation fireworks display. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. Entering into, transiting through, remaining, anchoring or mooring within this regulated area would be prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Long Island Sound.
Safety Zone; Fireworks Event in Captain of the Port New York Zone
The Coast Guard will enforce safety zones in the Captain of the Port New York Zone on the specified dates and times. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of vessels and spectators from hazards associated with fireworks displays. During the enforcement period, no person or vessel may enter the safety zones without permission of the Captain of the Port.
Safety Zone; Evening on the Bay Fireworks; Sturgeon Bay, WI
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in Sturgeon Bay, WI. This temporary safety zone will restrict vessels from a portion of Sturgeon Bay due to a fireworks display. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect the surrounding public and vessels from the hazards associated with the fireworks display.