Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Regulatory Calendar September 19, 2019

September 13, 2019

REGULATORY CALENDAR

 

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

None

Agency Notices

*September 5, 2019     The notice informs the public that the Coast Guard has recertified the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (CIRCAC) as an alternative voluntary advisory group for Cook Inlet, Alaska. This certification allows the CIRCAC to monitor the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under an alternative composition, other than prescribed, Cook Inlet Program established by statute. This recertification is effective for the period from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020. 84 FR 46749, (September 5, 2019), (USCG-2019-0604).

*September 9, 2019     The Coast Guard announces the availability of the Merchant Mariner Medical Manual, Commandant Instruction Manual (COMDTINST M16721.48). 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 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. The Merchant Mariner Medical Manual, COMDTINST M16721.4, is effective on September 9, 2019. 84 FR 47141, (September 9, 2019), (USCG-2018-0041).

September 18, 2019     In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 42941, (August 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0261).

September 30, 2019     The Coast Guard announces the availability of a draft policy letter that establishes the Coast Guard’s proposed acceptance of type-approval testing protocols for BWMS that render nonviable (meaning “permanently incapable of reproduction”) organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods established under existing regulations; the process for accepting type-approval testing protocols for BWMS, if any, that render nonviable organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods established under existing regulations which includes: The process for incorporating accepted protocols into the type-approval procedures established under existing regulations; the acceptance of laboratories to evaluate applicable treatment technologies; and the certification of BWMS that render nonviable organisms in ballast water. This notice solicits public comments in the draft policy letter that is entitled TYPE APPROVAL METHODS FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS THAT RENDER NONVIABLE ORGANISMS IN BALLAST WATER, referred to in the notice as the “draft policy letter.” Comments accepted. 84 FR 37330, (July 31, 2019), (USCG-2019-0477).

*September 30, 2019   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Waterfront Facilities Handling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Hazardous Gas (LHG) to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 45783, (August 30, 2019), (USCG-2019-0353).

*September 30, 2019   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Marine Occupational Health and Safety Standards for Benzene” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 45784, (August 30, 2019), (USCG-2019-0354).

October 18, 2019          In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Intermodal Container Inspection Program” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 42940, (August 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0703).

*November 12, 2019    The U.S. Coast Guard may cease broadcasting Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) over Medium Frequency (MF) after first ensuring the information contained in NAVTEX broadcasts is available via International Maritime Organization (IMO) recognized satellite services. The notice requests public comment on the possibility of terminating the MF NAVTEX broadcast. Comments accepted. 84 FR 47967, (September 11, 2019), (USCG-2019-0702).

*November 12, 2019    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Course Approval and Records for Merchant Marine Training Schools” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 48360, (September 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0748).

*November 12, 2019    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Various International Agreement Certificates and Documents” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 48361, (September 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0746).

*November 12, 2019    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an ICR entitled “Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1995, 1997 and 2010 Amendments to the International Convention” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 48362, (September 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0747).

*January 30, 2020        The United States Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast that was published on December 21, 2018. This action will provide the public with additional time and opportunity to provide the Coast Guard with information regarding the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast. Comments accepted. 84 FR 46501, (September 4, 2019), (USCG-2018-1058).

Meetings

Sept. 16-18, 2019          The Merchant Mariner Personnel Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet to discuss issues related to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. The meetings will be open to the public. The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee and it working groups will meet on Monday, September 16th from 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 17th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 18th from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The meetings will be held at the U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center in the Dales Larson Room on the third floor, 100 Forbes Drive, Martinsburg, WV. 84 FR 43152, (August 20, 2019), (USCG-2019-0475).

 

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

Proposed Rulemakings

October 15, 2019          The Coast Guard is proposing to amend the requirements regulating personnel permitted to serve as a person in charge (PIC) of fuel oil transfers on an inspected vessel by adding the option of using a letter of designation (LOD) in lieu of a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement. Thousands of towing vessels are currently transitioning from being uninspected vessels to becoming inspected vessels. This proposal would allow a PIC currently using the LOD option on one of those uninspected vessels to continue to use that option to perform the same fuel oil transfers once the vessel receives its initial Certificate of Inspection. Under this proposal, obtaining a MMC with a Tankerman-PIC endorsement would become optional for PICs of fuel oil transfers on inspected vessels. Comments accepted. 84 FR 40329, (August 14, 2019), (USCG-2018-0493).

Final Rulemakings

November 19, 2019      The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to adjust the limits of liability for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (IPO 90), as amended, to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index since 2015. These regulatory inflation increases to the limits of liability are required by OPA 90 and are necessary to preserve the deterrent effect and “polluter pays” principle embodied in the Act. This update promotes the Coast Guard’s missions of maritime safety and stewardship. The final rule is effective on November 12, 2019. 84 FR 39970, (August 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0392).

Agency Notices

September 17, 2019     The notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the Maritime Administration’s new program designating eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, provided the Secretary of Transportation with the discretionary authority to designate eligible and qualified entities as CoEs. CoE designations will serve to assist the maritime industry in obtaining and maintaining the highest quality workforce. On May 31, 2018, MARAD published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment regarding the development of a guide for applicants seeking CoE designation. MARAD received a total of eighteen comments which have been considered and are examined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section contained within the notice. Now, MARAD is proposing to implement a voluntary program to identify and recommend qualified training providers for CoE designation. Comments accepted. 84 FR 34994, (July 19, 2019), (MARAD-2018-0088).

September 20, 2019     The notice announces the extension of the America’s Marine Highway Funding Opportunity application deadline from August 15, 2019 to September 20, 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or port and landside infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designated before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described in the Notice. Applications accepted. 84 FR 37946, (August 2, 2019).

*October 28, 2019        The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request of Office of Management and Budget’s approval to renew the information request entitled “Capital Construction Fund and Exhibits.” Comments accepted. 84 FR 44970, (August 27, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0137).

Meetings

None

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

*October 22, 2019        Agency Notice – In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to renew the Information Collection Request entitled“ 30 CFR 553, Oil Spill Financial Responsibility for Offshore Facilities”. Comments accepted. 84 FR 44328, (August 23, 2019), (OMB Control Number 1010-0106; Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0016).

Export-Import Bank

*October 9, 2019          Agency Notice – The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is in the process of reviewing its economic impact procedures and methodology and invites public comment. EXIM’s current Economic Impact procedures can be accessed at: https://www.exim.gov/sites/default/files//newsreleases/Final-April-2013-Procedures.pdf. 84 FR 47289, (September 9, 2019), (Document Number: 2019-6018).

Federal Maritime Commission

*August 28, 2019         Agency Notice – The Commission is giving notice of the filing of an agreement under the Shipping Act of 1984. The Agreement Name is ML/MSC Oceania Space Charter Agreement.” The parties are Maersk Line A/S and Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.  84 FR 45151, (August 28, 2019).

*October 3, 2019          Agency Notice (Proposal Rulemaking) – The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on proposed modifications to the hearing procedures governing the denial, revocation, or suspension of an ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) license. The revised hearing procedures are intended to align more with other Commission hearing procedures, ensure a more streamlined process and fulfill the need for more detailed procedural requirements. Comments accepted. 84 FR 45934, (September 3, 2019).

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

*September 25, 2019   Agency Notice (Meeting) – The notice announces the public meeting via conference call of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 84 FR 47631, (September 10, 2019).

State Department

September 27, 2019     Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of State will conduct an open meeting at 1:00 p.m. in Room 7M15-01 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 sixth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, September 9-13, 2019. 84 FR 41803, (August 15, 2019).

*    — DENOTES NEW LISTING

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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

*June 28, 2019             The final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing Coast Guard regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. 84 FR 30870, (June 28, 2019), (USCG-2018-0874).

July 22, 2019                The Coast Guard is revising its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to remove obsolete portions of the radar observer requirements and harmonize the radar observer endorsement with the merchant mariner credential. These revisions will reduce an unnecessary financial burden on mariners required to hold a radar observer endorsement. This rule will affect mariners who have served on radar-equipped vessels, in a position that routinely user radar for 1 year in the previous 5 years for navigation and collision avoidance purposes, and mariners who have taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course a least twice within the past 5 years. These mariners will no longer be required to complete a Coast Guard approved or accepted radar refresher or recertification course in order to renew their radar observer endorsements. The Coast Guard is retaining the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement and for mariners who do not have 1 year of routine relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or have not taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. This final rule adopts, with modification, the notice of proposed rulemaking published on June 11, 2018. 84 FR 26580, (June 7, 2019), (USCG-2018-0100).

Agency Notices

*July 24, 2019              In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Documentation” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of their approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 29531, (June 24, 2019), (USCG-2019-0248).

*July 24, 2019              In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the Information Collection Request entitled “Oil Record Book for Ships” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 29532, (June 24, 2019), (USCG-2019-0252).

*July 24, 2019              In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding the Information Collection Request entitled “Various International Agreement Pollution Prevention Certificates and Documents, and Equivalency Certificates” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of their approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 29533, (June 24, 2019), (USCG-2019-0247).

July 29, 2019                In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of their approval for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 24531, (May 28, 2019), (USCG-2019-0261).

*August 12, 2019         In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Regulated Navigation Area’ Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Eighth Coast Guard District and the Illinois Waterway, Ninth Coast Guard District” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33273, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0264).

*August 12, 2019         In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Barges Carrying Bulk Hazardous Materials” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33274, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0257).

*August 12, 2019         In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Certificates of Financial Responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33275, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0259).

*August 12, 2019         In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Offshore Supply Vessels—Title 46 CFR subchapter L” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33276, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0256).

*August 15, 2019         In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Reporting Requirements” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33957, (July 16, 2019), (USCG-2019-0258).

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-

Meetings

*July 26, 2019              The Coast Guard will hold two public meetings to receive comments regarding the safe navigation and mooring of liquefied natural gas carriers through the San Juan Harbor, San Juan PR. The public meetings will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to provide an opportunity for verbal comments. The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino, 200 Convention Boulevard, San Juan, PR. 84 FR 34323, (July 18, 2019), (USCG-2019-0460).

 

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

None

Agency Notices

*July 25, 2019              In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Request for Transfer of Ownership, Registry, and Flag, or Charter, Lease, or Mortgage of U.S.-Citizen Owned Documented Vessels” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 FR 29930, (June 25, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0106).

*August 8, 2019           In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Determination of Fair and Reasonable Rates for the Carriage of Agricultural Cargoes on U.S. Commercial Vessels—46 CFR” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 32827, (July 9, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0113).

August 12, 2019           The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comment about their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval for an Information Collection entitled “Report of Ocean Shipments Moving Under the Cargo Preference Act of 1954—Bill of Lading—46 CFR part 381.” The collection involves ocean carrier bill of lading information that will be used to ensure proper and timely shipment of government impelled cargoes, and to ensure compliance with cargo preference statutes. Aggregate data will be used for statistical purposes. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27391, (June 12, 2019), (DOT-MARAD-2019-0087).

August 15, 2019           The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or port and landside infrastructure. This Notice announces the availability of funding for grants and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designated before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described within the Notice. Applications accepted. 84 FR 27838, (June 14, 2019).

*September 9, 2019     The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval of an Information Collection Request entitled “Exercise Breakout 2019 Survey.” Comments accepted. 84 FR 32829, (July 9, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0112).

*September 17, 2019   The notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the Maritime Administration’s new program designating eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, provided the Secretary of Transportation with the discretionary authority to designate eligible and qualified entities as CoEs. CoE designations will serve to assist the maritime industry in obtaining and maintaining the highest quality workforce. On May 31, 2018, MARAD published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment regarding the development of a guide for applicants seeking CoE designation. MARAD received a total of eighteen comments which have been considered and are examined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section contained within the notice. Now, MARAD is proposing to implement a voluntary program to identify and recommend qualified training providers for CoE designation. Comments accepted. 84 FR 34994, (July 19, 2019), (MARAD-2018-0088).

Meetings

None

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

Agency for International Development

August 13, 2019           Agency Notice (Proposed Rulemaking) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposes to amend the Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation to allow for the designation of U.S. Personal Services Contractors and Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contractors as contracting officers and agreement officers. The proposed revisions will address a shortage of U.S. direct-hire staff by delegating the proposed authorities to qualified US and CCN PSCs. The delegation of limited contracting/agreement officer authorities to a select number of CCN PSCs will also bolster the Agency to succeed in terms of building long-term, host country technical capacity to materially assist the Missions with procurement responsibility. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27745, (June 14, 2019).

Corps of Engineers

August 27, 2019           Agency Notice – Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests. Proposals accepted. 84 FR 18009, (April 29, 2019).

Defense Department

*September 10, 2019   Agency Notice (Proposed Rule) – The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require electronic submission of the DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33201, (July 12, 2019), (FAR Case 2015-002; Docket No. 2015-0002, Sequence No. 1).

Labor Department

July 29, 2019                Agency Notice – The Department of Labor is submitting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sponsored information collection request titled, “Personal Protective Equipment for Shipyard Employment” to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments accepted. 84 FR 31117, (June 28, 2019).

*    — DENOTES NEW LISTING

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: June 21, 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: June 21, 2019

Proposed Rulemakings

None

Final Rulemakings

July 22, 2019                 The Coast Guard is revising its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to remove obsolete portions of the radar observer requirements and harmonize the radar observer endorsement with the merchant mariner credential. These revisions will reduce an unnecessary financial burden on mariners required to hold a radar observer endorsement. This rule will affect mariners who have served on radar-equipped vessels, in a position that routinely user radar for 1 year in the previous 5 years for navigation and collision avoidance purposes, and mariners who have taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course a least twice within the past 5 years. These mariners will no longer be required to complete a Coast Guard approved or accepted radar refresher or recertification course in order to renew their radar observer endorsements. The Coast Guard is retaining the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement and for mariners who do not have 1 year of routine relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or have not taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. This final rule adopts, with modification, the notice of proposed rulemaking published on June 11, 2018. 84 FR 26580, (June 7, 2019), (USCG-2018-0100).

 

Agency Notices

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Barges Carrying Bulk Hazardous Materials” 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 19092, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0257).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Certificates of Financial Responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19093, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0259).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Offshore Supply Vessels—Title 46 CFR Subchapter L” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19094, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0256).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Declaration of Inspection Before Transfer of Liquid Cargo in Bulk” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19095, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0038).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Reporting Requirements” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19096, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0258).

July 9, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Regulated Navigation Area: Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Eighth Coast Guard District and the Illinois Waterway, Ninth Coast Guard District” 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 20645, (May 10, 2019), (USCG-2019-0264).

July 12, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Security Plans for Ports, Vessels, Facilities, and Other Continental Shelf Facilities and Other Security-Related Requirements” 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 20902, (May 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0263).

*July 19, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an 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 28566, (June 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0249).

*July 19, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an 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 28567, (June 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0253).

*July 19, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an 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 28569, (June 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0246).

*July 19, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding 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 approval for reinstatement for the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 28570, (June 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0042).

*July 19, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an 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 28571, (June 19, 2019), (USCG-2019-0245).

July 29, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” 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 24531, (May 28, 2019), (USCG-2019-0261).

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

*July 11, 2019               The United States Coast Guard will conduct an open meeting in Washington, DC to prepare for the upcoming one hundred twenty second session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, July 15-19, 2019. The meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will be held in Room 5L18-01 of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s, 2703 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC. 84 FR 28067, (June 17, 2019), (USCG-2019-0476).

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

Proposed Rulemakings

July 1, 2019                   The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is publishing a notice to solicit public comment on steps MARAD could take to simplify and/or modernize the process for evidencing United States citizenship of corporations and other entities participating in MARAD programs. To be eligible to participate in various MARAD programs and activities, applicants and interested parties must demonstrate at least a majority of ownership and control by United States citizens at each tier of ownership. MARAD is not considering any changes to that standard, but to the types of documents or evidence applicants provide to MARAD. Comments accepted. 84 FR 18468, (May 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0069).

Final Rulemakings

None

Agency Notices

June 28, 2019                The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval to renew the information collection entitled “Determination of Fair and Reasonable Rates for Carriage of Agriculture Cargoes on U.S.-Commercial Vessels—46 CFR”. The information to be collected will be used by the Maritime Administration in determining fair and reasonable guideline rates for the carriage of preference cargoes on U.S.-flag vessels. In addition, U.S.-flag vessel operators are required to submit Post Voyage Reports to the Maritime Administration after completion of a cargo preference voyage. Comments accepted. 84 FR 18111, (April 29, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0062).

July 8, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Requirements for Establishing U.S. Citizenship—46 CFR 355” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 FR 26504, (June 6, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0096).

*August 12, 2019          The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comment about their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval for an information collection entitled “Report of Ocean Shipments Moving Under the Cargo Preference Act of 1954—Bill of Lading—46 CFR part 381.” The collection involves ocean carrier bill of lading information that will be used to ensure proper and timely shipment of government impelled cargoes, and to ensure compliance with cargo preference statutes. Aggregate data will be used for statistical purposes. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27391, (June 12, 2019), (DOT-MARAD-2019-0087).

*August 15, 2019          The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or port and landside infrastructure. This Notice announces the availability of funding for grants and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designated before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described within the Notice. Applications accepted. 84 FR 27838, (June 14, 2019).

Meetings

None

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

Agency for International Development

*August 13, 2019          Agency Notice (Proposed Rulemaking) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposes to amend the Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation to allow for the designation of U.S. Personal Services Contractors and Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contractors as contracting officers and agreement officers. The proposed revisions will address a shortage of U.S. direct-hire staff by delegating the proposed authorities to qualified US and CCN PSCs. The delegation of limited contracting/agreement officer authorities to a select number of CCN PSCs will also bolster the Agency to succeed in terms of building long-term, host country technical capacity to materially assist the Missions with procurement responsibility. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27745, (June 14, 2019).

Corps of Engineers

August 27, 2019            Agency Notice – Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests. Proposals accepted. 84 FR 18009, (April 29, 2019).

Interior Department

*July 11, 2019               Agency Notice – In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is proposing to renew an information collection entitled “30 CFR 585, Renewable Energy and Alternate Uses of Existing Facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf” with revisions. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27356, (June 12, 2019), (OMB Control Number 1010-0176; Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0016).

Presidential Documents

*June 13, 2019              Agency Notice – Presidential Determination No. 2019-13 of June 10, 2019, By the President of the United States states “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 303 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (the “Act”) (50 U.S.C. 4533), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 303(a)(5) of the Act, that the domestic production capability for small unmanned aerial systems is essential to the national defense. Without Presidential action under section 303 of the Act, United States industry cannot reasonably be expected to provide the production capability for small unmanned aerial systems adequately and in a timely manner. Further, purchases, purchase commitments, or other action pursuant to section 303 of the Act are the most cost-effective, expedient, and practical alternative method for meeting the need for this critical capability.”84 FR 27701, (June 13, 2019).

Transportation Department

July 15, 2019                 Agency Notice – The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (FY 2019 Appropriations Act) appropriated $900 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for National Infrastructure Investments. This appropriation stems from the program funded and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and is known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or (BUILD Transportation grants) program. Funds for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for BUILD Transportation grants. Applications accepted. 84 FR 16933, (April 23, 2019).

*     — DENOTES NEW LISTING

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: June 7, 2019

U.S. Coast Guard Regulatory Calendar: June 7, 2019

Proposed Rulemakings

None

 

Final Rulemakings

*June 10, 2019              In accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the Coast Guard is establishing new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2019 shipping season. This rule will adjust the pilotage rates to account for a rolling ten-year average for traffic, and result in an increase in pilotage rates due to an adjustment for anticipated inflation, changes in operating expenses, surcharges for applicant pilots, and an addition of two pilots. 84 FR 20551, (May 10, 2019), (USCG-2018-0665).

 

*July 22, 2019               The Coast Guard is revising its merchant mariner credentialing regulations to remove obsolete portions of the radar observer requirements and harmonize the radar observer endorsement with the merchant mariner credential. These revisions will reduce an unnecessary financial burden on mariners required to hold a radar observer endorsement. This rule will affect mariners who have served on radar-equipped vessels, in a position that routinely user radar for 1 year in the previous 5 years for navigation and collision avoidance purposes, and mariners who have taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course a least twice within the past 5 years. These mariners will no longer be required to complete a Coast Guard approved or accepted radar refresher or recertification course in order to renew their radar observer endorsements. The Coast Guard is retaining the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement and for mariners who do not have 1 year of routine relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or have not taught a Coast Guard-approved or accepted radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. This final rule adopts, with modification, the notice of proposed rulemaking published on June 11, 2018. 84 FR 26580, (June 7, 2019), (USCG-2018-0100).

 

Agency Notices

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Barges Carrying Bulk Hazardous Materials” 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 19092, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0257).

 

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Certificates of Financial Responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19093, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0259).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Offshore Supply Vessels—Title 46 CFR Subchapter L” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting an extension of its approval to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19094, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0256).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Declaration of Inspection Before Transfer of Liquid Cargo in Bulk” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19095, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0038).

July 2, 2019                   In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Reporting Requirements” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 19096, (May 3, 2019), (USCG-2019-0258).

*July 9, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Regulated Navigation Area: Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Eighth Coast Guard District and the Illinois Waterway, Ninth Coast Guard District” 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 20645, (May 10, 2019), (USCG-2019-0264).

*July 12, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Security Plans for Ports, Vessels, Facilities, and Other Continental Shelf Facilities and Other Security-Related Requirements” 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 20902, (May 13, 2019), (USCG-2019-0263).

*July 29, 2019               In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the Information Collection Request entitled “Claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” 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 24531, (May 28, 2019), (USCG-2019-0261).

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

*June 20, 2019              The United States Coast Guard will conduct an open meeting in preparation of the upcoming sixty-ninth session of the IMO Council to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, June 25-27, 2019. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in Room 5L18-01 of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. 84 FR 26692, (June 7, 2019), (USCG-2019-0351).

 

MARITIME ADMINISTRATION

 

Proposed Rulemakings

July 1, 2019                   The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is publishing a notice to solicit public comment on steps MARAD could take to simplify and/or modernize the process for evidencing United States citizenship of corporations and other entities participating in MARAD programs. To be eligible to participate in various MARAD programs and activities, applicants and interested parties must demonstrate at least a majority of ownership and control by United States citizens at each tier of ownership. MARAD is not considering any changes to that standard, but to the types of documents or evidence applicants provide to MARAD. Comments accepted. 84 FR 18468, (May 1, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0069).

 

Final Rulemakings

None

 

Agency Notices

May 30, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Application for Conveyance of Port Facility Property, formerly, Port Facility Conveyance Information” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 FR 18339, (April 30, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0061).

June 28, 2019                The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval to renew the information collection entitled “Determination of Fair and Reasonable Rates for Carriage of Agriculture Cargoes on U.S.-Commercial Vessels—46 CFR”. The information to be collected will be used by the Maritime Administration in determining fair and reasonable guideline rates for the carriage of preference cargoes on U.S.-flag vessels. In addition, U.S.-flag vessel operators are required to submit Post Voyage Reports to the Maritime Administration after completion of a cargo preference voyage. Comments accepted. 84 FR 18111, (April 29, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0062).

*July 8, 2019                 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Requirements for Establishing U.S. Citizenship—46 CFR 355” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 FR 26504, (June 6, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0096).

 

 

 

Meetings

*June 18-19, 2019         The Maritime Administration announces a public meeting of the U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC) to discuss advice and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues related to the marine transportation system. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the DOT Conference Center at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. 84 FR 25334, (May 31, 2019).

OTHER AGENCY MATTERS

 

 

 

Corps of Engineers

August 27, 2019            Agency Notice – Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests. Proposals accepted. 84 FR 18009, (April 29, 2019).

Export-Import Bank

*June 21, 2019              Agency Notice – Pursuant to the Charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the notice is to inform the public that the Export-Import Bank of the United States has received an application for a $1.85 billion direct loan to support the export of approximately $1.8 billion in U.S. equipment and services to establish an integrated liquefied natural gas, or LNG, project in Mozambique. The U.S. exports will enable the facility to produce approximately 15.2 million metric tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas. Comments accepted. 84 FR 26675, (June 7, 2019).

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

*May 8, 2019                 Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announces a public meeting via conference call of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Advisory Board. The conference call will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the SLSDC’s Headquarters, 55 M Street SE, Suite 930, Washington, DC. 84 FR 25899, (June 4, 2019).

State Department

*June 20, 2019              Agency Notice (Meeting) – The Department of State will conduct an open meeting at 1:30 p.m. in Room 6Y23-21 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 sixth session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III 6) to be held at the IMO Headquarters, United Kingdom, July 1-5, 2019. 84 FR 24589, (May 28, 2019).

Transportation Department

July 15, 2019                 Agency Notice – The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 (FY 2019 Appropriations Act) appropriated $900 million to be awarded by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for National Infrastructure Investments. This appropriation stems from the program funded and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and is known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development or (BUILD Transportation grants) program. Funds for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation grants program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The purpose of this notice is to solicit applications for BUILD Transportation grants. Applications accepted. 84 FR 16933, (April 23, 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).