REGULATORY CALENDAR

 

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