September 19, 2018 The Coast Guard is withdrawing the proposed rule entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities” that was published on December 7, 1999. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this proposed rule due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete. The proposed rule was originally published December 7, 1999 (64 FR 68416) is withdrawn as of September 19, 2018. 83 FR 47324, (September 19, 2018), (USCG-1998-3868).
October 1, 2018 The Coast Guard is eliminating the requirement for certain vessels that operate on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The Coast Guard views the current reporting requirement as unnecessary for them to analyze and understand ballast water management practices. The final rule will reduce the administrative burden on the regulated population of U.S. non-recreational vessels equipped with ballast tanks. 83 FR 47284, (September 19, 2018), (USCG-2018-0245).
October 16, 2018 The Coast Guard is announcing that it is harmonizing personal flotation device (PFD) standards between the United States and Canada by accepting a new standard for approval of PFDs. Specific elements of the new standard are contained in a policy letter and deregulatory savings analysis, on which they are requesting public comment, and intend to promote Coast Guard maritime safety and stewardship missions. Comments accepted. 83 FR 41095, (August 17, 2018), (USCG-2018-0565).
October 25, 2018 The Coast Guard announces their intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Astronics DME to investigate adding/substituting an AIS component into the RB-100 series DMB. While the Coast Guard is currently considering collaborating with Astronics DME, they are soliciting public comments on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential non-Federal participants, who have the interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration in similar CRADAs. Comments accepted. 83 FR 48451, (September 25, 2018), (USCG-2018-0853).
November 5, 2018 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit the ICR entitled “Ballast Water Management Reporting and Recordkeeping” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 45266, (September 6, 2018), (USCG-2018-0789).
November 6, 2018 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Official Logbook” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 45457, (September 7, 2018), (USCG-2018-0791).