Certificate of Alternative Compliance for U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutters
The Coast Guard announces that a Certificate of Alternate Compliance was issued for the U.S. Coast Guard's National Security Cutters (WMSL Class). We are issuing this notice because its publication is required by statute. Due to their unique purpose, these vessels cannot fully comply with the masthead light provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS) without interfering with their special function.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Reynolds Channel, Long Beach, NY
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Long Beach Bridge across Reynolds Channel, mile 4.7, at Long Beach, New York. This deviation is necessary in order to facilitate an annual fireworks display and allows the bridge to remain in the closed position for one hour.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; York River, Yorktown, VA
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Coleman Memorial (US 17) Bridge which carries US 17 across the York River, mile 7.0, at Yorktown, VA. The deviation is necessary to facilitate bridge maintenance. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Hood Canal, Port Gamble, WA
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Hood Canal Floating Drawbridge across Hood Canal (Admiralty Inlet), mile 5.0, near Port Gamble, WA. This deviation is necessary to accommodate replacement of the draw span operating equipment. The deviation allows the bridge to open the draw half-way, 300 feet; as opposed to a full opening, which is 600 feet. The deviation also requires the draw to open on signal if at least four hours notice is given.
Special Local Regulation; Regattas and Marine Parades in the COTP Lake Michigan Zone-Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Dragon Boat Race, Chicago, IL
The Coast Guard will enforce the special local regulation on the South Branch of the Chicago River for the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce Dragon Boat Race in Chicago, Illinois. This regulated area will be enforced from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on June 24, 2017. This action is necessary and intended to ensure safety of life and property on navigable waters prior to, during, and immediately after the Dragon Boat Race. During the enforcement period, no vessel may enter, transit through, or anchor within the regulated area without the approval from the Captain of the Port or a designated representative.
Safety Zone; South Branch of the Chicago River and Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago, IL, Tough Cup
The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary safety zone on the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, Chicago, IL. This action is necessary to protect spectators, participants, and vessels from the hazards associated with the Tough Cup, a crew regatta event. This proposed rulemaking would prohibit persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan.