August 8, 2018 The Coast Guard is requesting comments on a Letter of Intent and Preliminary Waterway Suitability Assessment that was received from Sabine Pass LNG, L.P. (SPLNG) regarding SPLNG’s plans to construct a new berth at its Cameron Parish, LA facility and to increase the number of liquefied natural gas vessels calling at the facility from approximately 400 to 580 annually. The Coast Guard is notifying the public of this proposed increase in LNG marine traffic on the Sabine-Neches Waterway and is soliciting comments relevant to the Coast Guard’s preparation of a Letter of Recommendation for issuance to the federal, state or local agency with jurisdiction over the proposed facility. Comments accepted. 83 FR 31763, (July 9, 2018), (USCG-2017-0915).
August 21, 2018 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request entitled “Defect/Noncompliance Report and Campaign Update Report” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 29130, (June 22, 2018), (USCG-2018-0490).
August 24, 2018 In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request 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 an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 83 FR 29563, (June 25, 2018), (USCG-2018-0282).
September 20, 2018 The Coast Guard is announcing the availability of CG-MMC Policy Letter No. 02-18 titled “Guidelines for Qualifications of Personnel for Issuing STCW Endorsements for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations.” This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations. This policy is effective June 22, 2018, but the Coast Guard requests public comments on it. Comments accepted. 83 FR 29131, (June 22, 2018), (USCG-2018-0278).
September 10, 2018 The Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee will meet to discuss Committee matters relating to Great Lakes pilotage, including review of proposed Great Lakes pilotage regulations and policies. The meeting will be open to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association, 230 N. Point Street, Cape Vincent, NY. 83 FR 36946, (July 31, 2018), (USCG-2018-0704).