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UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

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).