Coast Guard February 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Safety Zone; City of Valdez July 4th Fireworks, Port Valdez; Valdez, AK
Document Number: 2017-03851
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-28
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent safety zone on the navigable waters of Port Valdez, Valdez, Alaska, in the vicinity of the Valdez Spit. The proposed safety zone is necessary to protect persons and vessels from the hazards associated with the annual City of Valdez July 4th Fireworks Display event. This rule is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of the navigable waters of Port Valdez, in the immediate vicinity of the fireworks launch platforms, before, during, and immediately after the fireworks event. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Port Access Route Study: In the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea
Document Number: 2017-03771
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Seventeenth Coast Guard District has concluded the Port Access Route Study (PARS) of the Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Sea and announces the availability of the report. The Coast Guard is also requesting comments on the preliminary findings contained in the report. Any comments received will be reviewed and considered as the Coast Guard deliberates advancing the recommendations from this study forward into a domestic rulemaking or international agreement.
Special Local Regulation; Tred Avon River, Between Bellevue, MD and Oxford, MD
Document Number: 2017-03757
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-27
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish special local regulations for certain waters of the Tred Avon River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters located between Bellevue, MD and Oxford, MD during a swim event on June 10, 2017. If necessary, due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to June 11, 2017. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from entering the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region or the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Special Local Regulation; Black Warrior River; Tuscaloosa, AL
Document Number: 2017-03499
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation on the Black Warrior River extending the entire width of the river from mile marker 339.0 to mile marker 341.5 in Tuscaloosa, AL. The special local regulation is needed to protect the persons participating in the NCAA Collegiate Rowing Competition marine event. This rulemaking restricts transit into, through and within the regulated area unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Mobile.
Safety Zone; Loop Parkway Bridge-Long Creek, Hempstead, NY
Document Number: 2017-03498
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on Long Creek in Hempstead, NY around the Loop Parkway Bridge. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by the Weeks Marine Loop Parkway Submarine Cable Routing and Protection Project. This regulation prohibits entry of vessels or people into the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Long Island Sound.
Safety Zone; Kosciuszko Bridge Construction, Newtown Creek, Brooklyn and Queens, NY
Document Number: 2017-03439
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish two safety zones on the navigable waters of Newtown Creek, NY. The first safety zone is within 500 feet of the two barges and assist vessels to be used for the removal and loading of the existing center span from the Kosciuszko Bridge at mile 2.1. The second is from approximately 370 yards south (upstream) of the Kosciuszko Bridge at mile 2.1 and Newtown Creek's confluence with the East River at mile 0.0 during transport of the existing center span to an offsite location. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters during the lowering and securing of the existing bridge's center span onto two barges within the Federal navigation channel and during the barge's outbound transit through Newtown Creek to the East River tentatively scheduled during April-May, 2017. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in the safety zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Port New York or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR
Document Number: 2017-03406
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the lower deck of the Steel Bridge across the Willamette River, mile 12.1, at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to support the Shamrock Run event. This deviation allows the lower span of the Steel Bridge to remain in the closed-to- navigation position to allow for the safe passage of participates in the Shamrock Run event across the bridge.
Port of Miami Anchorage Area; Atlantic Ocean, Miami Beach, FL
Document Number: 2017-03405
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to amend the Miami Anchorage. The Miami Anchorage would be divided into two separate anchorage areas. This action is necessary to reduce potential damage to threatened coral posed by anchoring vessels. We invite your comments on this supplemental proposed rulemaking.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Document Number: 2017-03372
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the S.R. 74 Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during the 8th Annual Wrightsville Beach Marathon. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay, WI
Document Number: 2017-03346
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is modifying the operating regulation that governs the Bayview (State Route 42/57) Bridge, Mile 3.0, Maple-Oregon Bridge, Mile 4.17, and Michigan Street Bridge, Mile 4.3, all over Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal in Sturgeon Bay, WI, to allow testing of the remote operation equipment for all three drawbridges. The operating schedules are not changing. The three drawbridges will be remotely operated by a single tender throughout the 2017 navigation season with request for comments from all stakeholders on the safety and effectiveness of the remote operation arrangement.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay, Ocean City, MD
Document Number: 2017-03193
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the U.S. 50 (Harry Kelly) Bridge across the Isle of Wight (Sinepuxent) Bay, mile 0.5, at Ocean City, MD. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during the 2017 Island 2 Island Half Marathon Bridge Run. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Trent River, New Bern, NC
Document Number: 2017-03192
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the U.S. 70 (Alfred A. Cunningham) Bridge across the Trent River, mile 0.0, at New Bern, NC. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during the 2017 Neuse River Bridge Run. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Atchafalaya River, Morgan City, LA
Document Number: 2017-03186
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Morgan City Railroad Bridge across the Atchafalaya River (also known as Berwick Bay), mile 17.5 [Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Morgan City-Port Allen Alternate Route), mile 0.3] in Morgan City, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. This deviation is necessary to perform maintenance needed for the continued safe operation of the bridge. This deviation allows for the bridge to remain closed-to-navigation for two (2) separate two-day periods between Thursday, March 9, 2017, and Friday, March 17, 2017.
Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the TUG CLAYTON W MORAN
Document Number: 2017-03136
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-16
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces that a Certificate of Alternative Compliance (COAC) was issued for the TUG CLAYTON W MORAN. We are issuing this notice because its publication is required by statute.
Special Local Regulation; Chesapeake Bay, Between Sandy Point and Kent Island, MD
Document Number: 2017-02957
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to establish special local regulations for certain waters of the Chesapeake Bay. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters located between Sandy Point, Anne Arundel County, MD and Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, MD, during a paddling event on April 29, 2017. In the case of inclement weather, the paddling event is scheduled for April 30, 2017. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in the regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Maryland-National Capital Region or Coast Guard Patrol Commander. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Diesel Outboard Engine Development
Document Number: 2017-02935
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Mack Boring & Parts Co (hence forth referred to as Mack) to evaluate and test the advantages, disadvantages, required technology enhancements, performance, costs, and other issues associated with diesel outboard engine technology. A test schedule has been proposed in which Mack will provide and install two of their diesel outboard engines onto a selected Coast Guard boat platform; the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (R&D Center) will outfit the platform with the necessary instrumentation to monitor power, speed, and fuel consumption; and a Coast Guard field unit will operate the boat for performance testing over a six-month period to collect information on reliability, maintenance requirements, and availability data. While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with Mack the agency is soliciting public comment on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants to propose similar CRADAs.
Safety and Security Zones; New York Marine Inspection and Captain of the Port Zone
Document Number: 2017-02934
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is reopening the comment period for the Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) it published on November 3, 2016, regarding the modification of the security zone between Liberty State Park and Ellis Island. In response to public requests, the Coast Guard is extending the comment period until April 17, 2017.
Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee; Vacancies
Document Number: 2017-02927
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-14
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee. The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee provides advice and makes recommendations on matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials insofar as they relate to matters within the United States Coast Guard's jurisdiction.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Sarasota, FL
Document Number: 2017-02896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-13
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes to modify the operating schedule of four bridges across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; Stickney Point, mile 68.6, Siesta Drive, mile 71.6, Cortez, mile, 87.4 and Anna Maria, mile 89.2, Drawbridges, Sarasota, FL. The request was made to the Coast Guard to change the operation of four drawbridges due to an increase in vehicle traffic throughout these areas at all times of the year. This proposed rulemaking would change the bridges' operating schedule from a three times an hour opening schedule to a twice an hour opening schedule throughout the year.
Collection of Information Under Review by Office of Management and Budget; OMB Control Number: 1625-New
Document Number: 2017-02798
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request (ICR), abstracted below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval of a new collection of information: 1625New, Maritime Transportation System Recovery Essential Elements of Information. 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.
Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget; OMB Control Number: 1625-0102
Document Number: 2017-02797
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting an extension of its approval for the following collection of information: 1625-0102, National Response Resource Inventory, without change. 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.
National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies
Document Number: 2017-02774
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard extends the deadline for accepting applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within Coast Guard jurisdiction. Applicants selected for service on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee via this solicitation will not begin their respective terms until January 31, 2018.
Anchorages; Captain of the Port Puget Sound Zone, WA
Document Number: 2017-02683
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-10
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard proposes the creation of several new anchorages and holding areas as well as a non-anchorage area, the expansion of one existing general anchorage, and the establishment of new and clarification of existing regulations governing such anchorages and areas in the Puget Sound area. This action is necessary to provide enhanced safety for maritime traffic in the Puget Sound area. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Safety Zones; Ice Covered Waterways in the Fifth Coast Guard District
Document Number: 2017-02702
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-09
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
On July 9, 2015, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish a regulated navigation area (RNA) on the navigable waters of the Fifth Coast Guard District to allow the Coast Guard to impose and enforce restrictions on vessels operating within the RNA where a threat to navigation exists due to ice covered waterways. Based on consideration of the comments received in response to that NPRM and further analysis, the Coast Guard is now proposing to establish 11 safety zones on certain navigable waters of the Fifth Coast Guard District instead of 1 RNA. This action is necessary to promote navigational safety, provide for the safety of life and property, and facilitate the reasonable demands of commerce when navigation safety is threatened due to ice covered waterways. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking.
Safety Zone; Operational Equipment Test; Bellingham Bay; Bellingham, WA
Document Number: 2017-02681
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-09
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a 500-yard temporary safety zone around barge Togiak Trader and tug Rosario within the Bellingham Bay Explosive Anchorage. The safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public due to an operational equipment test utilizing compressed air onboard that vessel. The safety zone will prohibit any person or vessel from entering or remaining in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his Designated Representative.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Youngs Bay, Astoria, OR
Document Number: 2017-02603
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-09
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is temporarily changing the operating schedule that governs the Oregon State highway bridge across Youngs Bay foot of Fifth Street (Old Youngs Bay Bridge), mile 2.4, at Astoria, OR. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) requested to change the operating schedule of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge for several months while work is performed on the north bascule lift. This change will allow ODOT to operate the double bascule draw in single leaf mode, one lift at a time, and reduce the vertical clearance of the non-operable half of the span by five feet.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Perquimans River, Hertford, NC
Document Number: 2017-02457
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the US17 (Perquimans) Bridge across the Perquimans River, mile 12.0, at Hertford, NC. This deviation is necessary to perform a bridge deck replacement project. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL
Document Number: 2017-02456
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Florida East Coast Railway Bridge, St. Johns River, mile 24.9, at Jacksonville, FL. The deviation is necessary to perform major bridge repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Safety Zone; Ordnance Locations, Near Sugarloaf Key, FL
Document Number: 2017-02454
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the waters of the Florida Keys, near Sugarloaf Key, Florida. The safety zone is needed to protect safety of life, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards from recently discovered ordnance in two locations within the vicinity of American Shoal Light. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Key West or a designated representative.
Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-02449
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-07
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet to discuss various issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. The meetings will be open to the public.
Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-02338
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard seeks comments on the recertification of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) for March 1, 2017, through February 28, 2018. Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), the Coast Guard may certify the PWSRCAC on an annual basis. This advisory group monitors the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under the Prince William Sound program established by the statute. The Coast Guard may certify an alternative voluntary advisory group in lieu of the PWSRCAC. The current certification for the PWSRCAC will expire February 28, 2017.
Random Drug Testing Rate for Covered Crewmembers for 2017
Document Number: 2017-02337
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard has set the calendar year 2017 minimum random drug testing rate at 25 percent of covered crewmembers.
Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the M/V TURTLE
Document Number: 2017-02248
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-03
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The Coast Guard announces that the District Five Prevention Division (Dp) has issued a Certificate of Alternate Compliance (COAC) from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS) for the M/V TURTLE as required by statue. Due to the construction and placement of the pilothouse aft and starboard of amidships it cannot fully comply with the masthead light provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with the vessel's operations as an open deck vehicle ferry as there are no structures forward of amidships to affix a masthead light. This notice promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2017-02242
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-02
Agency: Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security
The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference to review and accept the minutes from the Fall 2016 Committee meeting and to discuss the issuance of a task statement to the Committee. The task statement is being issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and requests the Committee's input on Safety Management Systems for vessels engaging in Well Intervention Activities. This teleconference is open to the public.