Coast Guard March 28, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Assessment Framework and Organizational Restatement Regarding Preemption for Certain Regulations Issued by the Coast Guard
The Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Assessment Framework and Organizational Restatement Regarding Preemption for Certain Regulations Issued by the Coast Guard,'' which published on December 27, 2013. For reasons discussed in this notice, the comment period is extended until May 26, 2014.
Lifeboat Release Mechanisms
The Coast Guard announces the availability of a policy letter regarding a recent International Maritime Organization amendment to Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea, 1974 (SOLAS). The amendment requires all SOLAS ships, regardless of build date, to identify and replace existing lifeboat on-load release mechanisms that do not comply with certain provisions of the International Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code. Compliance is required no later than the next scheduled dry-docking after July 1, 2014, but in any case before July 1, 2019. The amendment does not apply to the release mechanisms on free-fall lifeboats. Any U.S. ship subject to SOLAS that operates on international voyages without complying with the amendment past the applicable compliance date may be subject to detention by foreign port state officials and other administrative action by foreign authorities.
National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee
The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) will meet on April 16 and 17, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, to discuss various issues related to safety of operations and other matters affecting the oil and gas offshore industry. These meetings are open to the public.
Safety Zone, Pasquotank River; Elizabeth City, NC
The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone on the navigable waters of the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, NC in support of the fireworks display for the Potato Festival. This action is necessary to protect the life and property of the maritime public and spectators from the hazards posed by aerial fireworks displays. Entry into or movement within this safety zone during the enforcement period is prohibited without approval of the Captain of the Port.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Hackensack River, Jersey City, NJ
The Coast Guard proposes to change the drawbridge operation regulations that govern the PATH Railroad Bridge, mile 3.0, and the Hack-Freight Bridge, mile 3.1, across the Hackensack River, New Jersey. The bridge owners, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) and Conrail, submitted requests to revise the operation schedule for the PATH Railroad Bridge and to change the Conrail Hack-Freight to operate remotely. In addition, we will be removing obsolete unnecessary language and requirements from the existing regulation that are now listed under other regulations. It is expected that these changes will continue to meet the reasonable needs of navigation.
Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval of a revision to the following collection of information: 1625-0082, Navigation Safety Information and Emergency Instructions for Certain Towing Vessels. Our ICR describes the information we seek to collect from the public. Before submitting this ICR to OIRA, the Coast Guard is inviting comments as described below.