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Maritime Agency Notices: April 2019

Maritime Agency Notices: April 2019

Agency Notices

April 30. 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew the Information Collection Request entitled “Request for Transfer of Ownership, Registry, and Flag, or Charter, Lease, or Mortgage of U.S. Citizen-Owned Documented.” The information to be collected will enable MARAD to determine whether the vessel proposed for transfer will initially require retention under the U.S.-flag statutory regulations. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7167, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0013).

April 30, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information request entitled “Requirements for Establishing U.S. Citizenship—46 CFR 355.” The information to be collected are Affidavits of U.S. Citizenship filed with MARAD to determine if the applicants are eligible to participate in various benefit programs offered by the agency. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7170, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0028).

April 30, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information request entitled “Regulations for Making Excess or Surplus Federal Property Available to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, State Maritime Academies and Non-Profit Maritime Training Facilities.” The information to be collected will be used to determine compliance with applicable statutory requirements regarding surplus government property. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7173, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0014). 

May 20, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information collection entitled “Effective U.S. Control (EUSC)/Parent Company.” The information to be collected will be used to aid in identifying oceangoing vessels that may be both useful and available to the Department of Defense for deploying U.S. military equipment (such as tanks and other tracked and wheeled vehicles) and the full range of supplies (including petroleum products and fuel) necessary to sustain a force in a foreign theater of operations. Comments accepted. 84 FR 10572, (MARAD-2019-0047).

Meetings

None

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

Agency for International Development

*May 20, 2019               Agency Notice (Meeting) – Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the re-establishment of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). ACVFA brings together officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and private voluntary organizations (PVOs), representatives from universities, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), U.S. businesses, and multilateral and private organizations to foster understanding, communication and cooperation in the area of foreign aid. The Administrator of USAID is re-establishing the Committee for two years, effective on the date of the filing of its renewed Charter. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is also given of a public meeting that will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616

Corps of Engineers

*May 23, 2019               Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of the Army is publishing a notice to announce the Federal advisory committee meeting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, Louisiana. 84 FR 17406, (April 25, 2019).

State Department

*May 8, 2019                 Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of State will conduct an open meeting at 9:00 a.m. in conference room 6i10-01-c of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the 74th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, May 13-17. 84 FR 16555, (April 19, 2019).

*     — DENOTES NEW LISTING

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: May 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: May 2019

REGULATORY CALENDAR

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

May 1 2019                   The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule requiring each owner or operator of a maritime facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of seamen’s welfare and labor organizations access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individuals. These access procedures must be documented in the Facility Security Plan for each facility, and approved by the local Captain of the Port. The final rule, which implements a congressional mandate, ensures that no facility owner or operator denies or makes it impractical for seafarers or other individuals to transit through the facility. 84 FR 12102, (April 1, 2019), (USCG-2013-1087).

Agency Notices

April 30, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Enhanced Maritime Domain Awareness via Electronic Transmission of Vessel Transit Data” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7089, (March 1, 2019), (USCG-2019-0040).

May 1, 2019                  The Coast Guard is beginning a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. This new study supplements and builds on the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS) completed on April 5, 2017. Coast Guard District Commanders will prioritize and schedule a Port Access Route Study (PARS) for specific port approaches and international transit areas associated with proposed ACPARS fairways within their areas of responsibilities (AOR). They will post these milestones on the docket by May 1, 2019. This initiative is expected to be completed by May 2021. Comments accepted. 84 FR 9541, (March 15, 2019), (USCG-2011-0351).

*May 15, 2019               The notice requests individuals interested in serving on the Boston Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) to submit their applications for membership, to the Captain of the Port (COTP), Boston, MA. Applications accepted. 84 15228, (April 15, 2019), (USCG-2019-0138).

May 28, 2019                In order to provide safe access routes for the movement of vessel traffic offshore of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Coast Guard is conducting a Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. The information gathered during the MARIPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the MARIPARS is to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements. Comments accepted. 84 FR 11314, (March 26, 2019), (USCG-2019-0131).

June 3, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request entitled “Display of Fire Control Plans for Vessels” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 12630, (April 2, 2019), (USCG-2019-0042).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Cargo Securing Manuals” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13636, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0246).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Documentation” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13940, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0248).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Various International Agreement Pollution Prevention Certificates and Documents” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13941, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0247).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Towing Vessels—Title 46 CFR Subchapter M” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13942, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0245).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Plan Approval and Records for Tank Vessels, Passenger Vessels, Cargo and Miscellaneous Vessels, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, Nautical School Vessels and Oceanographic Research Vessels—46 CFR Subchapters D, H, I, I-A, R and U” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13943, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0251). 

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Barge Fleeting Facility Records” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13944, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0250).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Requirements for Lightering of Oil and Hazardous Material Cargoes, and Advance Notice of Transfer” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13945, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0253).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Nondestructive Testing of Certain Cargo Tanks on Unmanned Barges” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13946, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0249).

*June 7, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Record Book for Ships” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 13947, (April 8, 2019), (USCG-2019-0252).

September 1, 2019         In order to provide safe access routes for the movement of vessel traffic along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Coast Guard is conducting an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. The information gathered during this AACPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the AACPARS is to enhance navigation safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses, and, to the extent practicable, reconciling the paramount right of navigation with other reasonable waterway uses. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements. Comments accepted. 83 FR 65701, (December 21, 2018), (USCG-2018-1058).

 

Meetings

*April 29, 2019               The Coast Guard announces an additional public meeting in Montauk, NY to receive comments on a notice of study entitled “Port Access Route Study: The Areas Offshore of Massachusetts and Rhode Island” that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. As stated in that document the Coast Guard is conducting a Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Inlet Seafood Restaurant, 541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY. 84 FR 14384, (April 10, 2019), (USCG-2019-0131).

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

None

Agency Notices

April 30. 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew the Information Collection Request entitled “Request for Transfer of Ownership, Registry, and Flag, or Charter, Lease, or Mortgage of U.S. Citizen-Owned Documented.” The information to be collected will enable MARAD to determine whether the vessel proposed for transfer will initially require retention under the U.S.-flag statutory regulations. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7167, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0013).

April 30, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information request entitled “Requirements for Establishing U.S. Citizenship—46 CFR 355.” The information to be collected are Affidavits of U.S. Citizenship filed with MARAD to determine if the applicants are eligible to participate in various benefit programs offered by the agency. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7170, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0028).

April 30, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information request entitled “Regulations for Making Excess or Surplus Federal Property Available to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, State Maritime Academies and Non-Profit Maritime Training Facilities.” The information to be collected will be used to determine compliance with applicable statutory requirements regarding surplus government property. Comments accepted. 84 FR 7173, (March 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0014). 

May 20, 2019                The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew an information collection entitled “Effective U.S. Control (EUSC)/Parent Company.” The information to be collected will be used to aid in identifying oceangoing vessels that may be both useful and available to the Department of Defense for deploying U.S. military equipment (such as tanks and other tracked and wheeled vehicles) and the full range of supplies (including petroleum products and fuel) necessary to sustain a force in a foreign theater of operations. Comments accepted. 84 FR 10572, (MARAD-2019-0047).

Meetings

None

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

Agency for International Development

*May 20, 2019               Agency Notice (Meeting) – Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of the re-establishment of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA). ACVFA brings together officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and private voluntary organizations (PVOs), representatives from universities, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), U.S. businesses, and multilateral and private organizations to foster understanding, communication and cooperation in the area of foreign aid. The Administrator of USAID is re-establishing the Committee for two years, effective on the date of the filing of its renewed Charter. Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is also given of a public meeting that will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616

Corps of Engineers

*May 23, 2019               Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of the Army is publishing a notice to announce the Federal advisory committee meeting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). The meeting is open to the public and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, 100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, Louisiana. 84 FR 17406, (April 25, 2019).

State Department

*May 8, 2019                 Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of State will conduct an open meeting at 9:00 a.m. in conference room 6i10-01-c of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the 74th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, May 13-17. 84 FR 16555, (April 19, 2019).

*     — DENOTES NEW LISTING

U.S. Coast Guard: Proposed Rulemakings

U.S. Coast Guard: Proposed Rulemakings

 

PROPOSED RULEMAKINGS

None

 

FINAL RULEMAKINGS

December 5, 2018   The Coast Guard will permit tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes specified in 33 CFR parts 166 and 167, respectively. This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction, updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems, and promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions by enhancing maritime safety. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 5, 2018. 83 FR 55272, (November 5, 2018), (USCG-2015-0926).

 

AGENCY NOTICES

December 10, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Report of Oil or Hazardous Substance Discharge; and Report of Suspicious Maritime Activity” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 55909, (November 8, 2018), (USCG-2018-0282).

December 24, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Shipping Articles” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 53642, (October 24, 2018), (USCG-2018-0790).

December 19, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Official Logbook” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58268, (November 19 2018), (USCG-2018-0791).

December 20, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Ballast Water Management for Vessels with Ballast Tanks Entering U.S. Waters” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58587, (November 20 2018), (USCG-2018-0789).

December 21, 2018   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Title 46 CFR Subchapter Q: Lifesaving, Electrical, Engineering and Navigation Equipment, Construction and Materials & Marine Sanitation Devices” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58780, (November 21 2018), (USCG-2018-0792).

December 24, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities—Title 33 CFR Subchapter N” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 59392, (November 23, 2018), (USCG-2018-0279).

December 31, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Voyage Planning for Tank Barge Transits in the Northeast United States” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 54606, (October 30, 2018), (USCG-2018-0879).

January 14, 2019  The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate. This draft Commandant Instruction Manual incorporates and consolidates prior guidance on the medical evaluation of merchant mariners contained in several Coast Guard documents. The Manual includes guidance on the medical certificate and related processes, including procedures for application, issuance, and cancellation of the medical certificate. Comments accepted. 83 FR 56272, (November 13, 2018), (USCG-2018-0041).

January 18, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Requirements for the Use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Compressed Natural Gas as Cooking Fuel on Passenger Vessels” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58269, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-1043).

January 18, 2019   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Plan Approval and Records for Vital System Automation” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58270, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-0882).

January 18, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Vessel Identification Systems” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58271, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-1042 ).

January 22, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Mandatory Ship Reporting System for the Northeast and Southeast Coasts of the United States” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58585, (November 20, 2018), (USCG-2018-1044).

MEETINGS

December 5, 2019  The Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet, via teleconference, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the Committee. The Committee is expected to receive the final reports from the Subcommittee on Load Line Exemption for River Barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario. The Subcommittees on Implementation of Subchapter M and Towing of Liquefied Natural Gas Barges are expected to provide an update on their work. The teleconference will be open to the public. The full Committee will meet via teleconference from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 83 FR 58586, (November 20, 2018), (USCG-2018-0050).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Coast Guard: Proposed Rulemakings

U.S. Coast Guard: Proposed Rulemakings

 

PROPOSED RULEMAKINGS

None

 

FINAL RULEMAKINGS

December 5, 2018   The Coast Guard will permit tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes specified in 33 CFR parts 166 and 167, respectively. This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction, updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems, and promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions by enhancing maritime safety. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 5, 2018. 83 FR 55272, (November 5, 2018), (USCG-2015-0926).

 

AGENCY NOTICES

December 10, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Report of Oil or Hazardous Substance Discharge; and Report of Suspicious Maritime Activity” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 55909, (November 8, 2018), (USCG-2018-0282).

December 24, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Shipping Articles” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 53642, (October 24, 2018), (USCG-2018-0790).

December 19, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Official Logbook” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58268, (November 19 2018), (USCG-2018-0791).

December 20, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Ballast Water Management for Vessels with Ballast Tanks Entering U.S. Waters” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58587, (November 20 2018), (USCG-2018-0789).

December 21, 2018   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the ICR entitled “Title 46 CFR Subchapter Q: Lifesaving, Electrical, Engineering and Navigation Equipment, Construction and Materials & Marine Sanitation Devices” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58780, (November 21 2018), (USCG-2018-0792).

December 24, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities—Title 33 CFR Subchapter N” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 59392, (November 23, 2018), (USCG-2018-0279).

December 31, 2018  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Voyage Planning for Tank Barge Transits in the Northeast United States” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 54606, (October 30, 2018), (USCG-2018-0879).

January 14, 2019  The Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public regarding the draft Merchant Mariner Medical Manual. The guidance in this Manual should assist medical practitioners, the maritime industry, individual mariners, and Coast Guard personnel in evaluating a mariner applicant’s physical and medical status to meet the requirements of the merchant mariner medical certificate. This draft Commandant Instruction Manual incorporates and consolidates prior guidance on the medical evaluation of merchant mariners contained in several Coast Guard documents. The Manual includes guidance on the medical certificate and related processes, including procedures for application, issuance, and cancellation of the medical certificate. Comments accepted. 83 FR 56272, (November 13, 2018), (USCG-2018-0041).

January 18, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Requirements for the Use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Compressed Natural Gas as Cooking Fuel on Passenger Vessels” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58269, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-1043).

January 18, 2019   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Plan Approval and Records for Vital System Automation” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58270, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-0882).

January 18, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Vessel Identification Systems” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58271, (November 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-1042 ).

January 22, 2019  In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Mandatory Ship Reporting System for the Northeast and Southeast Coasts of the United States” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 83 FR 58585, (November 20, 2018), (USCG-2018-1044).

MEETINGS

December 5, 2019  The Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet, via teleconference, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the Committee. The Committee is expected to receive the final reports from the Subcommittee on Load Line Exemption for River Barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario. The Subcommittees on Implementation of Subchapter M and Towing of Liquefied Natural Gas Barges are expected to provide an update on their work. The teleconference will be open to the public. The full Committee will meet via teleconference from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. 83 FR 58586, (November 20, 2018), (USCG-2018-0050).