CFR Title 46 Shipping

CFR Title 46 – Shipping

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2018-09-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInterpretive Rule, Shipping Act of 1984The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is seeking public comment on its interpretation of the scope of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating...2018-19328"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-09-07/pdf/2018-19328.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/07/2018-19328/interpretive-rule-shipping-act-of-1984The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is seeking public comment on its interpretation of the scope of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, or delivering property. Specifically, the Commission is clarifying that the proper scope of that prohibition in the Shipping Act of 1984 and the conduct covered by it is guided by the Commission's interpretation and precedent articulated in several earlier Commission cases, which require that a regulated entity engage in a practice or regulation on a normal, customary, and continuous basis and that such practice or regulation is unjust or unreasonable in order to violate that section of the Shipping Act.
2018-07-23RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing NVOCC Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its rules governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The regulatory changes modernize, update, and reduce regulatory...2018-15496"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-23/pdf/2018-15496.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/23/2018-15496/amendments-to-regulations-governing-nvocc-negotiated-rate-arrangements-and-nvocc-serviceThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its rules governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The regulatory changes modernize, update, and reduce regulatory burdens.
2018-07-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionAmendment of Parts 0, 1, 5, 73, and 74 of the Commission's Rules Regarding Posting of Station Licenses and Related InformationIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) seeks comment on whether to streamline or eliminate provisions of our regulation which require the posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in...2018-13282"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-07-02/pdf/2018-13282.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/02/2018-13282/amendment-of-parts-0-1-5-73-and-74-of-the-commissions-rules-regarding-posting-of-station-licensesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) seeks comment on whether to streamline or eliminate provisions of our regulation which require the posting and maintenance of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations. The Commission tentatively concludes that these licenses posting rules should be eliminated because they are redundant and obsolete now that licensing information is readily accessible online through the Commission's databases. Through this action we advance our efforts to modernize our media regulations and remove unnecessary requirements that can impede competition and innovation in the media marketplace
2018-06-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAmendments to the Marine Radar Observer Refresher Training RegulationsThe Coast Guard proposes to revise 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. Under this proposed...2018-12502"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-11/pdf/2018-12502.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/11/2018-12502/amendments-to-the-marine-radar-observer-refresher-training-regulationsThe Coast Guard proposes to revise 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. Under this proposed rule, an active mariner who serves in a relevant position for 1 year in the previous 5 years using radar for navigation and collision avoidance purposes on vessels equipped with radar, or has served as a qualified instructor for a Coast Guard-approved radar course at least twice within the past 5 years, would not be required to complete a Coast Guard-approved radar refresher or re-certification course in order to renew his or her radar observer endorsement. This proposed rule would not change the existing requirements for mariners seeking an original radar observer endorsement or mariners who do not have either 1 year of relevant sea service on board radar-equipped vessels in the previous 5 years or service as a qualified instructor for a Coast Guard-approved radar course at least twice within the past 5 years. Elimination of the requirement to take a radar refresher or re-certification course every 5 years would reduce burden on affected mariners without impacting safety.
2018-06-05RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2018 Annual Review and Revisions to MethodologyIn accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the Coast Guard is establishing new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2018 shipping season. Additionally, the Coast Guard is making several changes to the Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking...2018-11969"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-06-05/pdf/2018-11969.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/05/2018-11969/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2018-annual-review-and-revisions-to-methodologyIn accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the Coast Guard is establishing new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2018 shipping season. Additionally, the Coast Guard is making several changes to the Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology. These additional changes include creating clear delineation between the Coast Guard's annual rate adjustments and the Coast Guard's requirement to conduct a full ratemaking every 5 years; the adoption of a revised compensation benchmark; reorganization of the text regarding the staffing model for calculating the number of pilots needed; and certain editorial changes.
2018-05-07Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications Commission4.9 GHz BandIn 2002, the Commission allocated the 4940-4990 MHz (4.9 GHz) band for fixed and mobile use and designated the band for public safety broadband communications. Since then, the band has experienced relatively light usage compared to the heavy use of...2018-09416"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-05-07/pdf/2018-09416.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/07/2018-09416/49-ghz-bandIn 2002, the Commission allocated the 4940-4990 MHz (4.9 GHz) band for fixed and mobile use and designated the band for public safety broadband communications. Since then, the band has experienced relatively light usage compared to the heavy use of other public safety bands. In this document, the Commission proposes several rule changes and seeks comment on alternatives with the goal of promoting increased public safety use of the band while opening up the spectrum to additional uses that will encourage a more robust market for equipment and greater innovation. The Commission proposes rules on channel aggregation, aeronautical mobile use, frequency coordination, site- based licensing, regional planning, and technical rule changes with the goal of promoting increased use of the band. The Commission seeks comment on alternatives such as expanding eligibility, spectrum leasing, sharing, and redesignating the band for commercial use.
2018-04-25RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionReporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications RegulationsIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements associated with the Commission's Report and Order, Reporting Requirements...2018-08570"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-25/pdf/2018-08570.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/25/2018-08570/reporting-requirements-for-us-providers-of-international-services-2016-biennial-review-ofIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements associated with the Commission's Report and Order, Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications Regulations, FCC 17-136. This document is consistent with the Report and Order, which stated that the Commission would publish a document in the Federal Register announcing OMB approval and the effective date of changes of the rules.
2018-03-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMarine Casualty Reporting Property Damage ThresholdsThe Coast Guard is amending the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a ``serious marine incident.'' The original regulations that set these dollar threshold...2018-05467"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-03-19/pdf/2018-05467.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/19/2018-05467/marine-casualty-reporting-property-damage-thresholdsThe Coast Guard is amending the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a ``serious marine incident.'' The original regulations that set these dollar threshold amounts were written in the 1980s and have not been updated since that time. Because the monetary thresholds for reporting have not kept pace with inflation, vessel owners and operators have been required to report relatively minor casualties. Additionally, the original regulations require mandatory drug and alcohol testing following a serious marine incident. As a result, vessel owners and operators are conducting testing for casualties that are less significant than those intended to be captured by the original regulations. Updating the original regulations will reduce the burden on vessel owners and operators, and will also reduce the amount of Coast Guard resources expended to investigate these incidents.
2018-02-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentHarmonization of Fire Protection Equipment Standards for Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard is issuing an interim final rule to apply changes made by the 2016 final rule, Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment, to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection...2018-03733"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-02-26/pdf/2018-03733.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/26/2018-03733/harmonization-of-fire-protection-equipment-standards-for-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard is issuing an interim final rule to apply changes made by the 2016 final rule, Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment, to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection requirements to inspected towing vessels will align regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.
2018-01-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2018 Annual Review and Revisions to MethodologyIn accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2018 shipping season. Additionally, the Coast Guard is proposing several changes to the Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking...2018-00781"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00781.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00781/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2018-annual-review-and-revisions-to-methodologyIn accordance with the Great Lakes Pilotage Act of 1960, the Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges for the 2018 shipping season. Additionally, the Coast Guard is proposing several changes to the Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology. These additional proposed changes include creating clear delineation between the Coast Guard's annual rate adjustments and the Coast Guard's requirement to conduct a full ratemaking every five years; the adoption of a revised compensation benchmark; reorganization of the text regarding the staffing model for calculating the number of pilots needed; and certain editorial changes.
2018-01-18RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionClosure of FCC Lockbox 979091 Used To File Fees, Tariffs, Petitions, and Applications for Services Related to the Wireline Competition BureauIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted an Order that closes Lockbox 979091 and modifies the relevant rule provisions of filing and making fee payments in lieu of closing the lockbox.2018-00596"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-18/pdf/2018-00596.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00596/closure-of-fcc-lockbox-979091-used-to-file-fees-tariffs-petitions-and-applications-for-servicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopted an Order that closes Lockbox 979091 and modifies the relevant rule provisions of filing and making fee payments in lieu of closing the lockbox.
2018-01-11RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Commission is publishing its adjustments to inflation annually, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The 2015 Act requires that agencies adjust and publish their civil penalties by...2018-00319"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-11/pdf/2018-00319.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/11/2018-00319/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Commission is publishing its adjustments to inflation annually, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The 2015 Act requires that agencies adjust and publish their civil penalties by January 15 each year.
2018-01-08RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionExpansion of Intergovernmental Advisory CommitteeIn this document, the Commission adopts revisions to its rules governing the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (Committee or IAC), which advises the Commission on a range of telecommunications issues affecting local, county, state, and Tribal...2018-00015"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-08/pdf/2018-00015.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/08/2018-00015/expansion-of-intergovernmental-advisory-committeeIn this document, the Commission adopts revisions to its rules governing the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (Committee or IAC), which advises the Commission on a range of telecommunications issues affecting local, county, state, and Tribal interests, to expand it from 15 members to 30 members. The IAC has been an important source of information and guidance to the Commission over the past 20 years. The rule change will enhance the IAC's role by allowing for a greater diversity of viewpoints representing our municipal, county, state, and Tribal partners throughout the country.
2017-12-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Documentation Regulations-Technical AmendmentsC1-2017-20023"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-14/pdf/C1-2017-20023.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/14/C1-2017-20023/vessel-documentation-regulations-technical-amendments
2017-12-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRequirements To Document U.S.-Flag Fishing Industry Vessels of 100 Feet or Greater in Registered LengthThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is amending its regulations which implement new requirements regarding certain large fishing industry vessels set forth in the American Fisheries Act of 1998 (``AFA''), as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization...2017-25896"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25896.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/01/2017-25896/requirements-to-document-us-flag-fishing-industry-vessels-of-100-feet-or-greater-in-registeredThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is amending its regulations which implement new requirements regarding certain large fishing industry vessels set forth in the American Fisheries Act of 1998 (``AFA''), as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (``CGAA'') and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (``CGMTA''). The revisions to the regulation adds two new exceptions to the restrictions on the eligibility of vessels over 165 feet in registered length to be documented with fishery endorsements, eliminates the 15-day application deadline for vessels whose fishery endorsements have become invalid, limits fishery endorsement eligibility for certain large fishing industry vessels, and eliminates certain exemptions for specific vessels that were deleted in the CGMTA. In addition, MARAD is revising its Large Vessel Certification form to incorporate these new requirements.
2017-12-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMaritime Security ProgramThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is amending its regulations to implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003 by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (``NDAA 2013''), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016...2017-25898"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25898.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/01/2017-25898/maritime-security-programThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is amending its regulations to implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003 by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (``NDAA 2013''), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (``CAA 2016''), and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (``NDAA 2016''). The revisions to the regulations, among other things, make changes to vessel eligibility for participation in the Maritime Security Program (``MSP''), authorize the extension of current MSP Operating Agreements, amend the procedures for the award of new MSP Operating Agreements, extend the MSP through 2025, update the MSP Operating Agreement payments and schedule of payments, and eliminate the Maintenance and Repair Pilot Program.
2017-12-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRevision of the America's Marine Highway Program RegulationsThe Maritime Administration (MARAD) is amending its America's Marine Highway Program (AMHP) regulations to implement provisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA), the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (NDAA),...2017-25897"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-01/pdf/2017-25897.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/01/2017-25897/revision-of-the-americas-marine-highway-program-regulationsThe Maritime Administration (MARAD) is amending its America's Marine Highway Program (AMHP) regulations to implement provisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA), the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 (NDAA), and to clarify AMHP processes. The revisions expand the purpose of the AMHP to include promoting short sea transportation, update the definition of short sea transportation, and streamline the regulation to highlight procedures and resources available to program participants.
2017-11-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing NVOCC Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) proposes to amend its rules governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to modernize, update, and...2017-25718"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-30/pdf/2017-25718.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/30/2017-25718/amendments-to-regulations-governing-nvocc-negotiated-rate-arrangements-and-nvocc-serviceThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) proposes to amend its rules governing Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Negotiated Rate Arrangements and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to modernize, update, and reduce regulatory burdens.
2017-11-21RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionReporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Services; 2016 Biennial Review of Telecommunications RegulationsIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) eliminates the annual international Traffic and Revenue Reports. The submission of the Traffic and Revenue Reports is no longer necessary as the costs of the data collection now...2017-24983"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-21/pdf/2017-24983.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/21/2017-24983/reporting-requirements-for-us-providers-of-international-services-2016-biennial-review-ofIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) eliminates the annual international Traffic and Revenue Reports. The submission of the Traffic and Revenue Reports is no longer necessary as the costs of the data collection now exceed its benefits. Instead, the Commission will rely on commercially available data, along with targeted data collections when necessary, to meet its statutory objectives. The Report and Order also reduces the burdens of the Circuit Capacity Reports, for instance by eliminating reporting of terrestrial and satellite circuits.
2017-09-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAdding the Polar Ship Certificate to the List of SOLAS Certificates and Certificates Issued by Recognized Classification SocietiesThis final rule adds the Polar Ship Certificate to a list of certificates that certain U.S. and foreign-flag ships will need to carry on board if they engage in international voyages in polar waters. This rule also enables the Coast Guard to authorize...2017-20155"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-21/pdf/2017-20155.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/21/2017-20155/adding-the-polar-ship-certificate-to-the-list-of-solas-certificates-and-certificates-issued-byThis final rule adds the Polar Ship Certificate to a list of certificates that certain U.S. and foreign-flag ships will need to carry on board if they engage in international voyages in polar waters. This rule also enables the Coast Guard to authorize recognized classification societies to issue the Polar Ship Certificate on the Coast Guard's behalf. We are taking this action because the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) has been amended to require certain ships operating in Arctic or Antarctic waters to have a Polar Ship Certificate. This rule will help ensure that U.S.-flagged ships that need this certificate--commercial cargo ships greater than 500 gross tonnage and passenger ships carrying more than 12 passengers, that operate in polar waters as defined by SOLAS chapter XIV while engaged in international voyages--will be able to obtain it in a timely manner.
2017-09-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2017 Annual ReviewC1-2017-18411"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-20/pdf/C1-2017-18411.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/20/C1-2017-18411/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2017-annual-review
2017-09-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Documentation Regulations-Technical AmendmentsThe Coast Guard is making technical amendments to its vessel documentation regulations. A Certificate of Documentation, which is required for the operation of a vessel in certain trades, serves as evidence of vessel nationality, and permits a vessel to...2017-20023"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-09-20/pdf/2017-20023.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/09/20/2017-20023/vessel-documentation-regulations-technical-amendmentsThe Coast Guard is making technical amendments to its vessel documentation regulations. A Certificate of Documentation, which is required for the operation of a vessel in certain trades, serves as evidence of vessel nationality, and permits a vessel to be subject to preferred mortgages. The amendments make non-substantive edits to align Coast Guard regulations with current vessel documentation statutes, correct typographical errors, and align procedural requirements with current Coast Guard practice.
2017-08-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2017 Annual ReviewIn this final rule, the Coast Guard is setting new rates for the 2017 shipping season for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The Coast Guard is also updating its methodology for setting these rates. These updates to the methodology will incorporate...2017-18411"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-31/pdf/2017-18411.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/31/2017-18411/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2017-annual-reviewIn this final rule, the Coast Guard is setting new rates for the 2017 shipping season for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The Coast Guard is also updating its methodology for setting these rates. These updates to the methodology will incorporate the income generated from weighting factors into the ratemaking methodology used to set rates in this and future rulemakings. The Coast Guard believes that the new rates will continue to encourage pilot retention, ensure safe, efficient, and reliable pilotage services on the Great Lakes, and provide adequate funds to upgrade and maintain infrastructure.
2017-08-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionConnect2HealthFCC Task Force Announces Upcoming Virtual Listening Sessions on Broadband Health DivideIn this document, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force (Task Force) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission), extends the deadline for interested parties to submit comments and reply comments in response to the notice issued on April 24, 2017,...2017-17731"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-08-22/pdf/2017-17731.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/22/2017-17731/connect2healthfcc-task-force-announces-upcoming-virtual-listening-sessions-on-broadband-healthIn this document, the Connect2HealthFCC Task Force (Task Force) of the Federal Communications Commission (Commission), extends the deadline for interested parties to submit comments and reply comments in response to the notice issued on April 24, 2017, on FCC Seeks Comment and Data on Actions to Accelerate Adoption and Accessibility of Broadband-Enabled Health Care Solutions and Advanced Technologies (GN Docket No. 16-46; FCC 17-46). In addition, the Task Force announces that it will be convening several virtual listening sessions to more efficiently facilitate additional input on the issues raised in the aforementioned notice.
2017-07-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentNavigation and Navigable Waters, and Shipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThis 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.2017-14617"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-28/pdf/2017-14617.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/28/2017-14617/navigation-and-navigable-waters-and-shipping-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThis 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.
2017-07-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection and Certification2017-15816"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-07-27/pdf/2017-15816.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/07/27/2017-15816/inspection-and-certification
2017-06-02RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionBusiness Data Services in an Internet Protocol Environment; Technology Transitions; Special Access for Price Cap Local Exchange Carriers; AT&T Corporation Petition for Rulemaking To Reform Regulation of Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier Rates for Interstate Special Access ServicesIn this document, a Report and Order provides a new framework for deregulating Business Data Services in areas where competitive forces are able to ensure just and reasonable rates. Acknowledging the presence of increased competition evidenced by the...2017-10713"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-02/pdf/2017-10713.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/02/2017-10713/business-data-services-in-an-internet-protocol-environment-technology-transitions-special-access-forIn this document, a Report and Order provides a new framework for deregulating Business Data Services in areas where competitive forces are able to ensure just and reasonable rates. Acknowledging the presence of increased competition evidenced by the record in this proceeding, the Federal Communications Commission amends its rules to reflect changes in the business data services marketplace. By adopting this framework the Commission acts to further bolster competition and investment in business data services, and takes further steps to decrease the cost of broadband infrastructure deployment.
2017-06-01Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRegulatory Reform InitiativeThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is issuing this Inquiry to solicit information and comments in an effort to identify existing FMC regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation,...2017-11321"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-01/pdf/2017-11321.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/01/2017-11321/regulatory-reform-initiativeThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is issuing this Inquiry to solicit information and comments in an effort to identify existing FMC regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation, impose costs that exceed benefits, or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies. This action is taken in conjunction with Executive Order 13777, ``Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.''
2017-05-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2017 Annual ReviewThe Coast Guard is adding an additional 30 days to the comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for ``Great Lakes Pilotage Rates--2017 Annual Review'' published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2017. We are extending the...2017-09177"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-05/pdf/2017-09177.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/05/2017-09177/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2017-annual-reviewThe Coast Guard is adding an additional 30 days to the comment period on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for ``Great Lakes Pilotage Rates--2017 Annual Review'' published in the Federal Register on April 5, 2017. We are extending the comment period to allow the public more time to comment on the proposed rulemaking. The comment period is now open through June 5, 2017.
2017-04-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentAnnual Civil Monetary Penalties AdjustmentThe Maritime Administration (MARAD) is updating its regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act...2017-08198"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-24/pdf/2017-08198.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/24/2017-08198/annual-civil-monetary-penalties-adjustmentThe Maritime Administration (MARAD) is updating its regulations to reflect required annual inflation-related increases to the civil monetary penalties in its regulations, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015. This final rule adjusts civil penalty amounts for violations of procedures related to the American Fisheries Act, certain regulated transactions involving documented vessels, the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue program (AMVER) and the Defense Production Act. MARAD finds that good cause exists for immediate implementation of this final rule because prior notice and comment are unnecessary, per the specific provisions of the 2015 Act.
2017-04-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2017 Annual ReviewThe Coast Guard proposes to modify its calculations for hourly pilotage rates on the Great Lakes by accounting for the ``weighting factor,'' which is a multiplier that can increase the pilotage costs for larger vessels traversing areas in the Great...2017-06662"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-05/pdf/2017-06662.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/05/2017-06662/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2017-annual-reviewThe Coast Guard proposes to modify its calculations for hourly pilotage rates on the Great Lakes by accounting for the ``weighting factor,'' which is a multiplier that can increase the pilotage costs for larger vessels traversing areas in the Great Lakes by a factor of up to 1.45. While the weighting factor has existed for decades, it has never been included in any of the previous ratemaking calculations. We propose to add steps to our rate-setting methodology to adjust hourly rates downwards by an amount equal to the average weighting factor, so that when the weighting factor is applied, the cost to the shippers and the corresponding revenue generated for the pilot associations will adjust to what was originally intended. We note that until a final rule is produced, the 2016 rates will stay in effect, even if a final rule is not published by the start of the 2017 season.
2017-04-04RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The rule is intended to update and modernize the Commission's regulations and reduce the regulatory burden.2017-06557"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-04-04/pdf/2017-06557.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/04/2017-06557/amendments-to-regulations-governing-service-contracts-and-nvocc-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The rule is intended to update and modernize the Commission's regulations and reduce the regulatory burden.
2017-03-10RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionList of Office of Management and Budget Approved Information Collection RequirementsThis document revises the Commission's list of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved public information collection requirements with their associated OMB expiration dates. This list will provide the public with a current list of public...2017-04768"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-03-10/pdf/2017-04768.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/03/10/2017-04768/list-of-office-of-management-and-budget-approved-information-collection-requirementsThis document revises the Commission's list of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved public information collection requirements with their associated OMB expiration dates. This list will provide the public with a current list of public information collection requirements approved by OMB and their associated control numbers and expiration date as of January 31, 2017.
2017-02-15RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThe Commission is publishing its adjustments to inflation annually, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The 2015 Act requires that agencies adjust and publish their civil penalties by...2017-00271"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-15/pdf/2017-00271.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/15/2017-00271/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThe Commission is publishing its adjustments to inflation annually, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The 2015 Act requires that agencies adjust and publish their civil penalties by January 15th each year.
2017-02-01RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission ProceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is temporarily delaying the effective date of its December 22, 2016 final rule reorganizing several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission...2017-02072"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-02072.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/01/2017-02072/rules-of-practice-and-procedure-presentation-of-evidence-in-commission-proceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is temporarily delaying the effective date of its December 22, 2016 final rule reorganizing several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.
2017-01-23Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMarine Casualty Reporting Property Damage ThresholdsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty, and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a ``serious marine incident'' (SMI). The initial regulations setting these dollar...2017-01323"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-23/pdf/2017-01323.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/23/2017-01323/marine-casualty-reporting-property-damage-thresholdsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the monetary property damage threshold amounts for reporting a marine casualty, and for reporting a type of marine casualty called a ``serious marine incident'' (SMI). The initial regulations setting these dollar threshold amounts were promulgated in the early1980s and they have not been updated. Because the monetary thresholds for reporting have not kept pace with inflation, relatively minor casualties must be reported. Additionally, the regulations require mandatory drug and alcohol testing following an SMI; consequently, testing is being conducted for casualties that are less significant than those intended to be captured by the original regulations. Updating the regulations will reduce the burden on vessel owners and operators, and will also reduce the amount of Coast Guard resources expended to investigate these incidents.
2017-01-13RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionFreedom of Information Act Improvement Act Implementation OrderIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission amends its rules to update various sections implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to reflect changes in the law made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, to making conforming edits to...2016-31703"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-13/pdf/2016-31703.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/13/2016-31703/freedom-of-information-act-improvement-act-implementation-orderIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission amends its rules to update various sections implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to reflect changes in the law made by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, to making conforming edits to reflect existing Commission FOIA practice, to streamline the Commission's FOIA procedures, and to provide for clerical corrections.
2017-01-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRevision of the America's Marine Highway Program RegulationsThis notice serves to inform interested parties and the public that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) proposes to revise in full Title 46 Part 393 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which concerns the America's Marine Highway Program (AMHP). This...2017-00249"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-11/pdf/2017-00249.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/11/2017-00249/revision-of-the-americas-marine-highway-program-regulationsThis notice serves to inform interested parties and the public that the Maritime Administration (MARAD) proposes to revise in full Title 46 Part 393 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which concerns the America's Marine Highway Program (AMHP). This action is necessary to implement provisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (CGMTA), to improve AMHP processes and to streamline the regulations. MARAD solicits written comments on this proposed rulemaking.
2017-01-09RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information ActThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations for processing requests for information and records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations are being revised to incorporate changes brought by amendments to the FOIA under the...2016-31891"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-09/pdf/2016-31891.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/09/2016-31891/amendments-to-regulations-governing-access-to-commission-information-and-records-freedom-ofThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations for processing requests for information and records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations are being revised to incorporate changes brought by amendments to the FOIA under the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The Act requires agencies to review their FOIA regulations and issue regulations implementing the amendments no later than 180 days after enactment.
2017-01-03RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission Proceedings; CorrectionThis document contains a correction to the effective date of the final rule published in the Federal Register of December 22, 2016, concerning Presentation of Evidence in Commission Proceedings.2016-31412"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-03/pdf/2016-31412.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/03/2016-31412/rules-of-practice-and-procedure-presentation-of-evidence-in-commission-proceedings-correctionThis document contains a correction to the effective date of the final rule published in the Federal Register of December 22, 2016, concerning Presentation of Evidence in Commission Proceedings.
2016-12-22RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission ProceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is reorganizing several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.2016-30745"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-12-22/pdf/2016-30745.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/22/2016-30745/rules-of-practice-and-procedure-presentation-of-evidence-in-commission-proceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is reorganizing several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.
2016-11-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAdding the Polar Ship Certificate to the List of SOLAS Certificates and Certificates Issued by Recognized Classification SocietiesThis proposed rule would add a new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of existing certificates required to be carried on board all U.S. and foreign-flagged vessels subject to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and operating...2016-27989"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-22/pdf/2016-27989.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/22/2016-27989/adding-the-polar-ship-certificate-to-the-list-of-solas-certificates-and-certificates-issued-byThis proposed rule would add a new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of existing certificates required to be carried on board all U.S. and foreign-flagged vessels subject to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, generally above 60 degrees north latitude and below 60 degrees south latitude lines. Additionally, the Coast Guard proposes to add this certificate to the list of SOLAS certificates that recognized classification societies are authorized to issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. The proposed rule would apply to commercial cargo ships greater than 500 gross tons engaging in international voyages, and passenger ships carrying more than 12 passengers engaging in international voyages, when these ships operate within polar waters as defined by the Polar Code.
2016-10-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for Vessels With Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels That Perform Certain Aquaculture Support OperationsThe Coast Guard announces that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an information collection request associated with the Requirements for Vessels with Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels that Perform...2016-25364"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-21/pdf/2016-25364.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/21/2016-25364/requirements-for-vessels-with-registry-endorsements-or-foreign-flagged-vessels-that-perform-certainThe Coast Guard announces that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an information collection request associated with the Requirements for Vessels with Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels that Perform Certain Aquaculture Support Operations final rule we published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2016. In that rule, we stated the final rule will impose a new information collection requirement and that we would submit this new information collection requirement to OMB for its review. OMB approved this new collection of information on September 28, 2016, and assigned it OMB Control Number 1625-0126.
2016-10-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2017 Annual ReviewThe Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges using the methodology instituted in 2016. The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in March...2016-25254"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-19/pdf/2016-25254.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/19/2016-25254/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2017-annual-reviewThe Coast Guard proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges using the methodology instituted in 2016. The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in March 2016 and, by law, must be reviewed annually.
2016-09-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for Vessels With Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels That Perform Certain Aquaculture Support OperationsThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations to implement Subsection 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, which grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented...2016-22097"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-15/pdf/2016-22097.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/15/2016-22097/requirements-for-vessels-with-registry-endorsements-or-foreign-flagged-vessels-that-perform-certainThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations to implement Subsection 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, which grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented vessel with only a registry endorsement or a foreign-flagged vessel to be used in certain aquaculture operations. Specifically, those operations include the treatment and/or protection of aquaculture fish from disease, parasitic infestation, or other threats to their health. The new part establishes the requirement for an owner or operator of a vessel that is issued a waiver allowing the vessel to conduct aquaculture support operations by the Secretary of DOT to notify the Coast Guard that the vessel owner or operator has been issued such a waiver. The part also establishes operational and geographic requirements for vessels that are issued such a waiver.
2016-08-29RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionUpdate of Existing and Addition of New User FeesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is amending its user fees to more accurately align fees with the costs associated with each service provided by the Commission. Specifically, the Commission is increasing fees for: Filing complaints and...2016-20647"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-29/pdf/2016-20647.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/29/2016-20647/update-of-existing-and-addition-of-new-user-feesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is amending its user fees to more accurately align fees with the costs associated with each service provided by the Commission. Specifically, the Commission is increasing fees for: Filing complaints and certain petitions; records searches, document copying, and admissions to practice; paper filing of ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) applications; filing applications for special permission; and filing agreements. The Commission is also lowering fees for: Reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; revising clerical errors on service contracts; revising clerical errors on non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) service arrangements; and Commission services to passenger vessel operators (PVOs). In addition, the Commission is repealing four existing fees for: Adding interested parties to a specific docket mailing list; the Regulated Persons Index database; database reports on Effective Carrier Agreements; and filing petitions for rulemaking, and adding a new fee for requests for expedited review of an agreement filing.
2016-08-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) proposes to amend its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to update, modernize, and reduce the regulatory burden.2016-19843"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-22/pdf/2016-19843.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/22/2016-19843/amendments-to-regulations-governing-service-contracts-and-nvocc-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) proposes to amend its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to update, modernize, and reduce the regulatory burden.
2016-08-18RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionComprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite ServicesThe Federal Communications Commission comprehensively streamlines its rules governing licensing and operation of satellites and earth stations to foster more rapid deployment of services, greater investment, and new innovation.2016-14800"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-18/pdf/2016-14800.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/18/2016-14800/comprehensive-review-of-licensing-and-operating-rules-for-satellite-servicesThe Federal Communications Commission comprehensively streamlines its rules governing licensing and operation of satellites and earth stations to foster more rapid deployment of services, greater investment, and new innovation.
2016-08-15Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Vessels-Implementation of 2010 and 2012 LegislationThe Coast Guard is extending, for 90 days, the period for submitting public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The extension responds to a request made by the public.2016-19272"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-19272.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-19272/commercial-fishing-vessels-implementation-of-2010-and-2012-legislationThe Coast Guard is extending, for 90 days, the period for submitting public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The extension responds to a request made by the public.
2016-08-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOcean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements Subject to the Shipping Act of 1984The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on proposed modifications to its rules governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers and/or marine terminal operators subject to the Shipping Act of 1984 and its rules on the...2016-18805"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-15/pdf/2016-18805.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/08/15/2016-18805/ocean-common-carrier-and-marine-terminal-operator-agreements-subject-to-the-shipping-act-of-1984The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on proposed modifications to its rules governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers and/or marine terminal operators subject to the Shipping Act of 1984 and its rules on the delegation of authority to and redelegation of authority by the Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis. These proposed modifications were developed in conformity with the objectives of the 2011 Executive Order to independent regulatory agencies that aims to promote a regulatory system that protects public health, welfare, safety and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness and job creation.
2016-07-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems; Training Certification ProgramsThe Coast Guard is providing the following information on dynamic positioning training certification programs.2016-18036"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-29/pdf/2016-18036.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/29/2016-18036/requirements-for-modus-and-other-vessels-conducting-outer-continental-shelf-activities-with-dynamicThe Coast Guard is providing the following information on dynamic positioning training certification programs.
2016-07-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentHarmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing EquipmentThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule for certain design and approval standards for fire protection, detection, extinguishing equipment, and materials on inspected and uninspected vessels, outer continental shelf facilities, deepwater ports, and...2016-15229"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-22/pdf/2016-15229.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/22/2016-15229/harmonization-of-standards-for-fire-protection-detection-and-extinguishing-equipmentThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule for certain design and approval standards for fire protection, detection, extinguishing equipment, and materials on inspected and uninspected vessels, outer continental shelf facilities, deepwater ports, and mobile offshore drilling units. This rule harmonizes Coast Guard approval processes for fire detection and alarm systems, and revises Coast Guard regulations for other types of equipment, materials, and components, such as spanner wrenches, non-metallic pipes, and sprinkler systems. This rule ensures Coast Guard regulations remain current and addresses advances in technology.
2016-07-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 20, 2016 (81 FR 40004). The document issued safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. In that...2016-17224"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-21/pdf/2016-17224.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/21/2016-17224/inspection-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 20, 2016 (81 FR 40004). The document issued safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. In that document there are errors in three regulations that refer to the date July 20, 2016. This rule corrects those errors.
2016-07-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionProcess Reform for Executive Branch Review of Certain FCC Applications and Petitions Involving Foreign OwnershipIn this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes changes to our rules and procedures related to certain applications and petitions for declaratory ruling involving foreign ownership (together,...2016-16780"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-19/pdf/2016-16780.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/19/2016-16780/process-reform-for-executive-branch-review-of-certain-fcc-applications-and-petitions-involvingIn this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes changes to our rules and procedures related to certain applications and petitions for declaratory ruling involving foreign ownership (together, ``applications''). The Commission refers certain applications to the relevant Executive Branch agencies for their input on any national security, law enforcement, foreign policy, and trade policy concerns that may arise from the foreign ownership interests held in the applicants and petitioners (together, ``applicants''). As part of our effort to reform the Commission's processes, we seek to improve the timeliness and transparency of this referral process. More specifically, our goals here are to identify ways in which both the Commission and the agencies might streamline and facilitate the process for obtaining information necessary for Executive Branch review and identify expected time frames, while ensuring that we continue to take Executive Branch concerns into consideration as part of our public interest review.
2016-07-19RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the collection of information described in the Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published on June 20, 2016. In that rule, which establishes safety regulations...2016-17007"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-19/pdf/2016-17007.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/19/2016-17007/inspection-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the collection of information described in the Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published on June 20, 2016. In that rule, which establishes safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels, we stated that before the Coast Guard could enforce the collection of information requirements in the rule, OMB would need to approve the Coast Guard's request to collect this information. This document announces that approval. On June 23, 2016, OMB approved this Coast Guard request and assigned this collection of information OMB control number 1625-0117.
2016-07-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCargo Securing ManualsThe Coast Guard announces that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an information collection request associated with the Cargo Securing Manuals interim rule we published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2016. In that...2016-16416"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-12/pdf/2016-16416.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/12/2016-16416/cargo-securing-manualsThe Coast Guard announces that it has received approval from the Office of Management and Budget for an information collection request associated with the Cargo Securing Manuals interim rule we published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2016. In that rule, we stated the interim rule will impose new information collection requirements and that we would submit these new information collection requirements to OMB for its review and publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the results of OMB's review. OMB approved this new collection of information, entitled Cargo Securing Manuals, on June 23, 2016, and assigned it OMB control number 1625-0122.
2016-07-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy for Credentialing Officers of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels. This NVIC provides guidance to mariners concerning regulations governing endorsements to...2016-16113"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-07/pdf/2016-16113.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/07/2016-16113/policy-for-credentialing-officers-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels. This NVIC provides guidance to mariners concerning regulations governing endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials for service on towing vessels.
2016-07-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations throughout title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations to reorganize Coast Guard offices responsible for administering the Mariner...2016-15660"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-07-06/pdf/2016-15660.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/07/06/2016-15660/shipping-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations throughout title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations to reorganize Coast Guard offices responsible for administering the Mariner Credentialing Program. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
2016-06-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentCivil PenaltiesThis interim final rule updates the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by MARAD pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015. This interim final rule amends...2016-15566"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15566.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/30/2016-15566/civil-penaltiesThis interim final rule updates the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by MARAD pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015. This interim final rule amends our regulations to reflect the new, adjusted civil penalty amounts MARAD may assess pursuant for violations of procedures related to the American Fisheries Act, certain regulated transactions involving documented vessels, the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue program (AMVER), and the Defense Production Act.
2016-06-30RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThis rule implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 11-74). The rule adjusts the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to Federal Maritime Commission...2016-15569"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-30/pdf/2016-15569.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/30/2016-15569/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThis rule implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) (Sec. 701 of Pub. L. 11-74). The rule adjusts the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) jurisdiction for inflation, in accordance with the requirements of that Act. The 2015 Act requires that agencies publish a catch-up adjustment in the penalties in an interim rule by July 1, 2016, and that agencies adjust penalties yearly thereafter.
2016-06-21Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Industry VesselsThe Coast Guard announces the withdrawal of this regulatory project, which involved possible amendments to Coast Guard regulations affecting uninspected United States commercial fishing, fish processing, and fish tender vessels. The possible amendments...2016-14400"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14400.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/21/2016-14400/commercial-fishing-industry-vesselsThe Coast Guard announces the withdrawal of this regulatory project, which involved possible amendments to Coast Guard regulations affecting uninspected United States commercial fishing, fish processing, and fish tender vessels. The possible amendments involved vessel stability and watertight integrity, risk awareness and minimization, personnel instruction and drill requirements, safety and survival equipment, and compliance documentation. Withdrawal of this regulatory project will allow the Coast Guard to focus on a new rulemaking project implementing 2010 and 2012 legislation that affects the commercial fishing industry.
2016-06-21Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Vessels-Implementation of 2010 and 2012 LegislationThe Coast Guard proposes to align its commercial fishing industry vessel regulations with the mandatory provisions of 2010 and 2012 legislation passed by Congress that took effect upon enactment. The alignments would change the applicability of current...2016-14399"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-21/pdf/2016-14399.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/21/2016-14399/commercial-fishing-vessels-implementation-of-2010-and-2012-legislationThe Coast Guard proposes to align its commercial fishing industry vessel regulations with the mandatory provisions of 2010 and 2012 legislation passed by Congress that took effect upon enactment. The alignments would change the applicability of current regulations, and add new requirements for safety equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of unsafe operations. This rule only proposes to implement these legislative mandates, would exercise no Coast Guard regulatory discretion, and would promote the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission. It does not reflect any provision of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, but the preamble to this document discusses its likely impact where appropriate. That Act will be the subject of future Coast Guard regulatory action.
2016-06-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. We are taking this action because the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 reclassified towing...2016-12857"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-20/pdf/2016-12857.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/20/2016-12857/inspection-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. We are taking this action because the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 reclassified towing vessels as vessels subject to inspection and authorized the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to establish requirements for a safety management system appropriate for the characteristics, methods of operation, and nature of service of towing vessels. This rule, which includes provisions covering specific electrical and machinery requirements for new and existing towing vessels, the use and approval of third-party organizations, and procedures for obtaining Certificates of Inspection, will become effective July 20, 2016. However, certain existing towing vessels subject to this rule will have an additional 2 years before having to comply with most of its requirements.
2016-06-13RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOptional Method of Filing Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements Subject to the Shipping Act of 1984The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is publishing this document to confirm the effective date of the direct final rule published on April 27, 2016.2016-13889"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-13/pdf/2016-13889.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/13/2016-13889/optional-method-of-filing-ocean-common-carrier-and-marine-terminal-operator-agreements-subject-toThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is publishing this document to confirm the effective date of the direct final rule published on April 27, 2016.
2016-06-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentChange-2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 04-08: Medical Certification Standards, Medications, and Medical Review ProcessThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Change-2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08, ``Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials'' (NVIC 04-08). Change-2 to NVIC 04-08 contains revisions to...2016-13158"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-03/pdf/2016-13158.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/06/03/2016-13158/change-2-to-navigation-and-vessel-inspection-circular-04-08-medical-certification-standardsThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Change-2 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 04-08, ``Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials'' (NVIC 04-08). Change-2 to NVIC 04-08 contains revisions to Enclosure (1) Medical Certification Standards, Enclosure (4) Medications, and Enclosure (6) Medical Review Process. The revisions to Enclosures (1) and (6) reflect process and procedural changes related to centralization of the evaluation of credential applications at the National Maritime Center and implementation of the final rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and made changes to national endorsements. The revisions to Enclosure (4) provide more detailed guidance on medications that are subject to further review, and address comments received in response to a notice published in the Federal Register on January 28, 2015 seeking input from the public on this issue.
2016-05-27Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionUpdate of Existing and Addition of New User FeesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) proposes amending its current user fees and invites public comment on whether the Commission should amend its user fees. Specifically, the Commission proposes increasing fees for: Filing complaints and...2016-12326"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-27/pdf/2016-12326.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/27/2016-12326/update-of-existing-and-addition-of-new-user-feesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) proposes amending its current user fees and invites public comment on whether the Commission should amend its user fees. Specifically, the Commission proposes increasing fees for: Filing complaints and certain petitions; records searches, document copying, and admissions to practice; paper filing of ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) applications; filing applications for special permission; and filing agreements. The Commission also proposes lowering fees for: Reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; revising clerical errors on service contracts; Revising clerical errors on non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) service agreements; and Commission services to passenger vessel operators (PVOs). In addition, the Commission proposes repealing four existing fees for: Adding interested parties to a specific docket mailing list; the Regulated Persons Index database; database reports on Effective Carrier Agreements; and filing petitions for rulemaking. The Commission also proposes adding a new fee for requests for expedited review of an agreement filing.
2016-05-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCargo Securing ManualsThe Coast Guard is issuing an interim rule to require U.S. and foreign self-propelled cargo vessels of 500 gross tons or more, traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo, to have cargo securing...2016-10725"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-09/pdf/2016-10725.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/09/2016-10725/cargo-securing-manualsThe Coast Guard is issuing an interim rule to require U.S. and foreign self-propelled cargo vessels of 500 gross tons or more, traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo, to have cargo securing manuals (CSMs) on board. The rule also requires those vessels to comply with certain provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 as amended (SOLAS), authorizes recognized classification societies or other approval authorities to review and approve CSMs on behalf of the Coast Guard; and prescribes when and how the loss or jettisoning of cargo at sea must be reported. The Coast Guard requests public comment on its intention to extend, in a subsequent final rule, this interim rule's requirement for vessel CSMs to self-propelled cargo vessels under 500 gross tons, if these vessels carry dangerous goods in packaged form on international voyages. This interim rule promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions, helps fulfill U.S. treaty obligations, and could help prevent or mitigate the consequences of vessel cargo loss.
2016-05-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission ProceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is proposing to reorganize several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revise its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.2016-09759"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-03/pdf/2016-09759.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/03/2016-09759/rules-of-practice-and-procedure-presentation-of-evidence-in-commission-proceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission is proposing to reorganize several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revise its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.
2016-04-27RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOptional Method of Filing Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements Subject to the Shipping Act of 1984The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations relating to the method of filing Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements to provide for optional filing of these agreements through a new electronic filing...2016-09760"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-27/pdf/2016-09760.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/04/27/2016-09760/optional-method-of-filing-ocean-common-carrier-and-marine-terminal-operator-agreements-subject-toThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations relating to the method of filing Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements to provide for optional filing of these agreements through a new electronic filing system. This optional filing system is intended to facilitate more efficient filing, review, and publication of these agreements.
2016-03-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTonnage Regulations AmendmentsThe Coast Guard amends its tonnage regulations to implement amendments to the tonnage measurement law made by the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, codify principal technical interpretations, and incorporate administrative, non-substantive...2016-05623"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-31/pdf/2016-05623.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/31/2016-05623/tonnage-regulations-amendmentsThe Coast Guard amends its tonnage regulations to implement amendments to the tonnage measurement law made by the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act, codify principal technical interpretations, and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications and updates. The Coast Guard believes these changes will lead to a better understanding of regulatory requirements.
2016-03-21Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionUpdate of Existing and Addition of New User FeesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is considering amending its current user fees and invites public comment on whether the Commission should amend its user fees. Specifically, the Commission is considering increasing fees for: Filing...2016-06241"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-21/pdf/2016-06241.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/21/2016-06241/update-of-existing-and-addition-of-new-user-feesThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is considering amending its current user fees and invites public comment on whether the Commission should amend its user fees. Specifically, the Commission is considering increasing fees for: Filing complaints and certain petitions; records searches, document copying, and admissions to practice; paper filing of ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) applications; filing applications for special permission; and filing agreements. The Commission is also considering lowering fees for: Reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; revising clerical errors on service contracts; revising clerical errors on non-vessel-operating common carrier (NVOCC) service agreements; and Commission services to passenger vessel operators (PVOs). In addition, the Commission is considering repealing four existing fees for: Adding interested parties to a specific docket mailing list; the Regulated Persons Index database; database reports on Effective Carrier Agreements; and filing petitions for rulemaking. The Commission is also considering adding a new fee for requests for expedited review of an agreement filing.
2016-03-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum ProductsThe Coast Guard is revising its safety regulations for uninspected commercial fishing vessels (CFVs) carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargoes in bulk. The revisions align the regulations with the current applicable statute and make minor...2016-05262"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-14/pdf/2016-05262.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/14/2016-05262/commercial-fishing-vessels-dispensing-petroleum-productsThe Coast Guard is revising its safety regulations for uninspected commercial fishing vessels (CFVs) carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargoes in bulk. The revisions align the regulations with the current applicable statute and make minor nonsubstantive changes. This rule promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions.
2016-03-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2016 Annual Review and Changes to MethodologyThe Coast Guard revises its Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology, adjusts annual pilotage rates based on the new methodology, and authorizes a temporary surcharge to hire additional pilots and to pay for necessary training for new and current...2016-04894"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-07/pdf/2016-04894.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/07/2016-04894/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2016-annual-review-and-changes-to-methodologyThe Coast Guard revises its Great Lakes pilotage ratemaking methodology, adjusts annual pilotage rates based on the new methodology, and authorizes a temporary surcharge to hire additional pilots and to pay for necessary training for new and current pilots. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in February 2015 and by law must be reviewed annually, with any adjustments to take effect by March 1 of the year for which new rates are established. The Coast Guard intends for the methodology changes to be understandable and transparent, and to encourage investment in pilots, infrastructure, and training while helping ensure safe, efficient, and reliable service on the Great Lakes. Without the updates to this methodology and enforcement of these rates, the Coast Guard believes the pilot associations will not be able to recruit experienced mariners, retain current pilots, or maintain and upgrade association infrastructure. Without sufficient registered pilots, current law will prevent international vessels from transiting the Great Lakes. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions by promoting safe shipping on the Great Lakes.
2016-03-01RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOrganization and Functions; Rules of Practice and Procedure; Attorney FeesThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its Rules of Practice and Procedure governing the award of attorney fees in Shipping Act complaint proceedings, and its regulations related to Commissioner terms and vacancies. The regulatory changes implement...2016-04219"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-01/pdf/2016-04219.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/03/01/2016-04219/organization-and-functions-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-attorney-feesThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its Rules of Practice and Procedure governing the award of attorney fees in Shipping Act complaint proceedings, and its regulations related to Commissioner terms and vacancies. The regulatory changes implement statutory amendments made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.
2016-02-29Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOcean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements Subject to the Shipping Act of 1984The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on possible modifications to its rules governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers and/or marine terminal operators subject to the Shipping Act of 1984, and possible modifications to...2016-04263"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04263.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/29/2016-04263/ocean-common-carrier-and-marine-terminal-operator-agreements-subject-to-the-shipping-act-of-1984The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on possible modifications to its rules governing agreements by or among ocean common carriers and/or marine terminal operators subject to the Shipping Act of 1984, and possible modifications to its rules on the delegation of authority and redelegation of authority by the Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis.
2016-02-29Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionService Contracts and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is seeking comments on possible amendments to its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. These possible rule changes are intended to update, modernize, and reduce the...2016-04264"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-29/pdf/2016-04264.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/02/29/2016-04264/service-contracts-and-nvocc-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is seeking comments on possible amendments to its rules governing Service Contracts and NVOCC Service Arrangements. These possible rule changes are intended to update, modernize, and reduce the regulatory burden.
2016-01-27RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOcean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General DutiesThe Federal Maritime Commission corrects rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries that were recently amended to add a section inadvertently omitted and to correct problems...2016-01578"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-27/pdf/2016-01578.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/27/2016-01578/ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-and-financial-responsibility-requirements-and-generalThe Federal Maritime Commission corrects rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries that were recently amended to add a section inadvertently omitted and to correct problems which occurred in production of the Code of Federal Regulations.
2016-01-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentOffshore Supply Vessels, Towing Vessel, and Barge Engine Rating WatchesOn October 26, 2015, the Coast Guard published a direct final rule, which notified the public of our intent to amend merchant mariner manning regulations to align them with statutory changes made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime...2016-01101"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-21/pdf/2016-01101.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/01/21/2016-01101/offshore-supply-vessels-towing-vessel-and-barge-engine-rating-watchesOn October 26, 2015, the Coast Guard published a direct final rule, which notified the public of our intent to amend merchant mariner manning regulations to align them with statutory changes made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. The Act allows oilers serving on certain offshore support vessels, towing vessels, and barges to be divided into at least two watches. The change would increase the sea service credit affected mariners are permitted to earn for each 12-hour period of work from one day to one and a half days. The rule will go into effect as scheduled.
2015-11-30Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPetitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking ProceedingPetitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding by: Chuck Powers, on behalf of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and Brian Scarpelli, on behalf of Telecommunications Industry Association.2015-30238"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-30/pdf/2015-30238.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/30/2015-30238/petitions-for-reconsideration-of-action-in-rulemaking-proceedingPetitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking proceeding by: Chuck Powers, on behalf of Motorola Solutions, Inc., and Brian Scarpelli, on behalf of Telecommunications Industry Association.
2015-11-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2016 Annual Review and Changes to MethodologyThe Coast Guard is extending, for 30 days, the period for submitting public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The extension responds to a request made by several members of the public.2015-28590"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-09/pdf/2015-28590.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/09/2015-28590/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2016-annual-review-and-changes-to-methodologyThe Coast Guard is extending, for 30 days, the period for submitting public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The extension responds to a request made by several members of the public.
2015-11-05RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOcean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General DutiesThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The rule adapts to changing industry conditions, improves regulatory effectiveness,...2015-27914"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-05/pdf/2015-27914.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/11/05/2015-27914/ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-and-financial-responsibility-requirements-and-generalThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The rule adapts to changing industry conditions, improves regulatory effectiveness, improves transparency, streamlines processes and reduces regulatory burdens.
2015-10-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentOffshore Supply Vessels, Towing Vessel, and Barge Engine Rating WatchesThis direct final rule amends the Coast Guard's merchant mariner manning regulations to align them with statutory changes made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. The Act allows oilers serving on certain offshore...2015-27062"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-26/pdf/2015-27062.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/26/2015-27062/offshore-supply-vessels-towing-vessel-and-barge-engine-rating-watchesThis direct final rule amends the Coast Guard's merchant mariner manning regulations to align them with statutory changes made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. The Act allows oilers serving on certain offshore support vessels, towing vessels, and barges to be divided into at least two watches. This change increases the sea service credit affected mariners are permitted to earn for each 12-hour period of work from one day to one and a half days.
2015-10-22Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2013 Liquid Chemical Categorization UpdatesThe Coast Guard proposes additional updates and revisions to regulatory tables that were amended by an interim rule published in August 2013. The tables list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases approved for maritime...2015-26371"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-22/pdf/2015-26371.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/22/2015-26371/2013-liquid-chemical-categorization-updatesThe Coast Guard proposes additional updates and revisions to regulatory tables that were amended by an interim rule published in August 2013. The tables list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases approved for maritime transportation in bulk, and indicate how each cargo is categorized by its pollution risk and safe carriage requirements. These proposals would correct errors in the interim rule and bring the tables current through December 2013. Updated information is of value to shippers and to the owners and operators of U.S.-flag tank and bulk cargo vessels in any waters, and most foreign-flag tank and oceangoing bulk cargo vessels in U.S. waters. The proposed rule promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions.
2015-10-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.2015-26119"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-16/pdf/2015-26119.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/10/16/2015-26119/shipping-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
2015-09-23RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Rules of Practice and Procedure Governing Time and Service in Adjudicatory ProceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules of practice and procedure concerning time and service in adjudicative proceedings. These revisions improve consistency across various processes and increase efficiency for parties to proceedings.2015-24087"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-23/pdf/2015-24087.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/23/2015-24087/amendments-to-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-governing-time-and-service-in-adjudicatory-proceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules of practice and procedure concerning time and service in adjudicative proceedings. These revisions improve consistency across various processes and increase efficiency for parties to proceedings.
2015-09-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2016 Annual Review and Changes to MethodologyThe Coast Guard proposes revisions to the annual ratemaking methodology (``procedural changes'') and several Great Lakes pilotage regulations, and proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges (``rate changes''), using that proposed revised...2015-22895"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-10/pdf/2015-22895.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/10/2015-22895/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2016-annual-review-and-changes-to-methodologyThe Coast Guard proposes revisions to the annual ratemaking methodology (``procedural changes'') and several Great Lakes pilotage regulations, and proposes new base pilotage rates and surcharges (``rate changes''), using that proposed revised methodology. The changes would take effect 30 days after publication of a final rule. Rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes were last revised in February 2015 and by law must be reviewed annually. The Coast Guard intends for the proposed revised methodology to be understandable and transparent, and to encourage investment in pilots, infrastructure, and training while helping ensure safe, efficient, and reliable service on the Great Lakes. In addition, the Coast Guard announces a public meeting on September 17, 2015, at which the public may ask questions about the proposals and comment on them. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship (environmental protection) missions by promoting safe shipping on the Great Lakes.
2015-09-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMarine Vapor Control SystemsThe Coast Guard announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the amendment of an existing collection of information, as requested by the Coast Guard and described in the final rule published on July 16, 2013. The final rule...2015-22779"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-10/pdf/2015-22779.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/10/2015-22779/marine-vapor-control-systemsThe Coast Guard announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the amendment of an existing collection of information, as requested by the Coast Guard and described in the final rule published on July 16, 2013. The final rule revised safety regulations for facility and vessel vapor control systems (VCSs) to promote safe VCS operation in an expanded range of activities now subject to current Federal and State environmental requirements, reflect industry advances in VCS technology, and codify the standards for the design and operation of a VCS at tank barge cleaning facilities. The revised regulations increase operational safety by regulating the design, installation, and use of VCSs, but they do not require anyone to install or use VCSs. The OMB must approve any regulatory provisions that constitute a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act, before an agency can enforce those provisions. Having received OMB's approval, the Coast Guard will now enforce collection of information requirements in the final rule. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2015-09-08RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionReorganization of the Enforcement Bureau's Field OperationsThe Federal Communications Commission (the Commission) acts to improve the Commission's efficiency, effectively manage Commission resources, and align the Commission's field enforcement activities with contemporary needs for a field enforcement...2015-21963"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-08/pdf/2015-21963.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/08/2015-21963/reorganization-of-the-enforcement-bureaus-field-operationsThe Federal Communications Commission (the Commission) acts to improve the Commission's efficiency, effectively manage Commission resources, and align the Commission's field enforcement activities with contemporary needs for a field enforcement presence. The Commission, the Office of Managing Director and the Enforcement Bureau will take several actions to realign the mission and resources of its 24 field offices. The Bureau's field offices will primarily support the enforcement of the Commission's radio frequency spectrum rules and other key regulations in a manner likely to have the greatest impact, in the most cost effective way possible.
2015-09-01RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information Act; WithdrawalThe Federal Maritime Commission is withdrawing a Direct Final Rule that would have amended its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).2015-21452"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-01/pdf/2015-21452.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/01/2015-21452/amendments-to-regulations-governing-access-to-commission-information-and-records-freedom-ofThe Federal Maritime Commission is withdrawing a Direct Final Rule that would have amended its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
2015-09-01Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionExtension of Time for Comments on Equipment AuthorizationIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission's (Commission's) Office of Engineering and Technology Bureau (Bureau) extends the deadlines for interested parties to submit comments and reply comments in response to the Equipment Authorization...2015-21634"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-01/pdf/2015-21634.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/01/2015-21634/extension-of-time-for-comments-on-equipment-authorizationIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission's (Commission's) Office of Engineering and Technology Bureau (Bureau) extends the deadlines for interested parties to submit comments and reply comments in response to the Equipment Authorization and Electronic Labeling for Wireless Devices.
2015-09-01RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information ActThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying...2015-21453"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-01/pdf/2015-21453.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/09/01/2015-21453/amendments-to-regulations-governing-access-to-commission-information-and-records-freedom-ofThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying records available without the need for a FOIA request, including records available on the Commission's public Web site; revise response time procedures for processing FOIA requests; affirmatively indicate that the Commission uses a multitrack system for processing FOIA requests; modify the criteria for a FOIA request to qualify for expedited processing; and extend the administrative appeal deadline.
2015-08-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Diving Operations-Reopening of Comment PeriodThe Coast Guard is reopening for 60 days the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Commercial Diving Operations,'' published on February 19, 2015. Reopening the comment period will allow time for the public to review and...2015-20825"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-24/pdf/2015-20825.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/24/2015-20825/commercial-diving-operations-reopening-of-comment-periodThe Coast Guard is reopening for 60 days the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Commercial Diving Operations,'' published on February 19, 2015. Reopening the comment period will allow time for the public to review and submit comments on changes to the applicability of this proposed rule, and on the draft regulatory analysis documentation that was not available in the docket during the original comment period. This notice of proposed rulemaking also provides corrected contact information for those persons interested in the proposed regulatory incorporation of certain material by reference, and the reopened comment period facilitates public comment on the proposed incorporation. Finally, although we are making no changes to the collection of information proposed in the February notice of proposed rulemaking, during the reopened comment period the public may continue to submit additional comments on that proposed collection. Specific instructions for commenting on the proposed collection are printed in the ADDRESSES section that follows.
2015-08-06Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionEquipment Authorization and Electronic Labeling for Wireless DevicesThis document proposes updates to the rules that govern the evaluation and approval of RF devices. The Commission last comprehensively reviewed its equipment authorization procedures more than fifteen years ago. The RF equipment ecosystem has...2015-18402"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-06/pdf/2015-18402.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/06/2015-18402/equipment-authorization-and-electronic-labeling-for-wireless-devicesThis document proposes updates to the rules that govern the evaluation and approval of RF devices. The Commission last comprehensively reviewed its equipment authorization procedures more than fifteen years ago. The RF equipment ecosystem has significantly expanded in that time, and the manner in which today's RF equipment is now designed, manufactured, and marketed--as well as the sheer number of devices subject to authorization--warrant the proposed rule modifications.
2015-08-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentMaritime Security ProgramThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is soliciting public comments on amendments to its regulations that implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003 by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (``NDAA 2013''). The...2015-19254"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-08-05/pdf/2015-19254.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/08/05/2015-19254/maritime-security-programThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is soliciting public comments on amendments to its regulations that implement amendments to the Maritime Security Act of 2003 by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (``NDAA 2013''). The proposed revisions to the regulation, among other things, make changes to vessel eligibility for participation in the Maritime Security Program (MSP), authorize the extension of current MSP Operating Agreements, establish a new procedure for the award of new MSP Operating Agreements, extend the MSP through fiscal year 2025, update the Operating Agreement payments and schedule of payments, and eliminate the Maintenance and Repair Pilot Program.
2015-07-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for Vessels With Registry Endorsements or Foreign-Flagged Vessels That Perform Certain Aquaculture Support OperationsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to implement Section 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented...2015-18620"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-30/pdf/2015-18620.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/30/2015-18620/requirements-for-vessels-with-registry-endorsements-or-foreign-flagged-vessels-that-perform-certainThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to implement Section 901(c) of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that grants the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the authority to issue a waiver allowing a documented vessel with only a registry endorsement or a foreign-flagged vessel to be used in certain aquaculture operations. Specifically, those operations include the treatment and/or protection of aquaculture fish from disease, parasitic infestation, or other threats to their health. The proposed part would establish the requirement for an owner or operator of a vessel who is issued a waiver by the Secretary of DOT to notify the Coast Guard that the vessel owner or operator has been issued a waiver that allows the vessel to conduct certain aquaculture support operations. The proposed part would also establish operational and geographic requirements for vessels that are issued such a waiver.
2015-07-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOrganization and Functions; Rules of Practice and Procedure; Attorney FeesThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure governing the award of attorney fees in Shipping Act complaint proceedings, and its regulations related to Commissioner terms and vacancies. The proposed regulatory...2015-16260"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16260.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/02/2015-16260/organization-and-functions-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-attorney-feesThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its Rules of Practice and Procedure governing the award of attorney fees in Shipping Act complaint proceedings, and its regulations related to Commissioner terms and vacancies. The proposed regulatory changes would implement statutory amendments made by the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.
2015-07-02RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information ActThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying...2015-16101"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-02/pdf/2015-16101.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/07/02/2015-16101/amendments-to-regulations-governing-access-to-commission-information-and-records-freedom-ofThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying records available without the need for a FOIA request, including records available on the Commission's public Web site; revise response time procedures for processing FOIA requests; affirmatively indicate that the Commission uses a multitrack system for processing FOIA requests; and modify the criteria for a FOIA request to qualify for expedited processing.
2015-06-23RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionShared Commercial Operations in the 3550-3650 MHz BandIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopts rules to establish a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550--3700 MHz band. This document implements a three- tiered spectrum authorization framework in the...2015-14494"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-23/pdf/2015-14494.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/23/2015-14494/shared-commercial-operations-in-the-3550-3650-mhz-bandIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopts rules to establish a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service in the 3550--3700 MHz band. This document implements a three- tiered spectrum authorization framework in the 3550-3700 MHz band to facilitate a variety of small cell and other broadband uses of the band on a shared basis with incumbent federal and non-federal users.
2015-06-12RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionAuthorization of Radiofrequency EquipmentThis document updates the Federal Communications Commission's (the Commission) radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization program. The rules adopted by the Commission build on the success realized by our use of Commission-recognized Telecommunication...2015-14072"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-12/pdf/2015-14072.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/06/12/2015-14072/authorization-of-radiofrequency-equipmentThis document updates the Federal Communications Commission's (the Commission) radiofrequency (RF) equipment authorization program. The rules adopted by the Commission build on the success realized by our use of Commission-recognized Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs) and will facilitate the continued rapid introduction of new and innovative products to the market while ensuring that these products do not cause harmful interference to each other or to other communication devices and services.
2015-05-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPiping Systems and Appurtenances2015-13052"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-29/pdf/2015-13052.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/29/2015-13052/piping-systems-and-appurtenances
2015-05-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2015 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard is advancing the effective date for the 2015 final rule which published on February 26, 2015, adjusting rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The rate adjustments made by the...2015-12734"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-05-26/pdf/2015-12734.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/05/26/2015-12734/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2015-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard is advancing the effective date for the 2015 final rule which published on February 26, 2015, adjusting rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The rate adjustments made by the February 2015 final rule are unchanged, but instead of taking effect on August 1, 2015, the rates will take effect June 2, 2015. This rulemaking rule promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2015-04-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Load Line Exemption for Lake Michigan/Muskegon Route: Petition for RulemakingOn May 27, 2014, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment regarding a petition for a rulemaking action. The petition requested that the Coast Guard establish a load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan, along...2015-09790"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-28/pdf/2015-09790.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/28/2015-09790/special-load-line-exemption-for-lake-michiganmuskegon-route-petition-for-rulemakingOn May 27, 2014, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment regarding a petition for a rulemaking action. The petition requested that the Coast Guard establish a load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan, along the eastern coast to Muskegon, MI. Upon review of the comments as well as analysis of safety considerations and other factors described in the discussion section, the Coast Guard has decided not to proceed with the requested rulemaking. The public comments, and the Coast Guard's reasoning for its decision, are discussed in this notice.
2015-04-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentFinal Action Regarding “Other Relevant Criteria” for Consideration When Evaluating the Economic Soundness of Title XI Maritime Loan Guarantee Program ApplicationsThis document serves to inform interested parties and the public of the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) final policy regarding the factors MARAD will consider as ``Other Relevant Criteria'' in its review of the economic soundness of applications...2015-09385"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-22/pdf/2015-09385.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/22/2015-09385/final-action-regarding-other-relevant-criteria-for-consideration-when-evaluating-the-economicThis document serves to inform interested parties and the public of the Maritime Administration's (MARAD) final policy regarding the factors MARAD will consider as ``Other Relevant Criteria'' in its review of the economic soundness of applications under the Title XI Loan Guarantee Program [also known as ``Title XI'' or the Federal Ship Financing Program (FSFP)]. On February 24, 2014, MARAD published a Notice of Proposed Policy (NPP) and sought comments relating to the agency's evaluation of Title XI Maritime Loan Guarantee applications. In this document MARAD: Responds to comments received during the public notice; clarifies and reinforces that applicants with projects to construct or reconstruct vessels to use alternative energies, or to meet current or future U.S. or international environmental and safety standards, are eligible and encouraged to apply for FSFP loan guarantees; and implements the final policy.
2015-04-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy for Evaluating Sea Service Aboard LiftboatsThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC) Policy Letter 14-03, Evaluating Sea Service Aboard Liftboats. This policy letter will provide guidance to mariners concerning endorsements to Merchant Mariner...2015-09052"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-21/pdf/2015-09052.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/21/2015-09052/policy-for-evaluating-sea-service-aboard-liftboatsThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC) Policy Letter 14-03, Evaluating Sea Service Aboard Liftboats. This policy letter will provide guidance to mariners concerning endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) for service on liftboats.
2015-04-17Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionElectronically Stored Application and Licensing DataThis document proposes to amend the Commission's Rules to specify that historical amateur radio licensee address information will not be routinely available for public inspection.2015-08810"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-17/pdf/2015-08810.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/04/17/2015-08810/electronically-stored-application-and-licensing-dataThis document proposes to amend the Commission's Rules to specify that historical amateur radio licensee address information will not be routinely available for public inspection.
2015-03-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentElectrical Equipment in Hazardous LocationsThe Coast Guard is issuing regulations applicable to newly constructed mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating outer continental shelf (OCS) facilities, and vessels other than offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that engage in OCS activities. The...2015-06946"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-31/pdf/2015-06946.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/31/2015-06946/electrical-equipment-in-hazardous-locationsThe Coast Guard is issuing regulations applicable to newly constructed mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs), floating outer continental shelf (OCS) facilities, and vessels other than offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that engage in OCS activities. The regulations expand the list of acceptable national and international explosion protection standards and add the internationally accepted independent third-party certification system, the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx), as an accepted method of testing and certifying electrical equipment intended for use in hazardous locations. The regulations also provide owners and operators of existing U.S. MODUs, floating OCS facilities, vessels other than OSVs, and U.S. tank vessels that carry flammable or combustible cargoes, the option of following this compliance regime as an alternative to the requirements contained in existing regulations.
2015-03-19RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Rules Governing Service of Private Party Complaints and Documents Containing Confidential MaterialsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing service of private party complaints and the filing of documents containing confidential material. These revisions will add clarifying instructions for parties to proceedings.2015-06239"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-19/pdf/2015-06239.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/19/2015-06239/amendments-to-rules-governing-service-of-private-party-complaints-and-documents-containingThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing service of private party complaints and the filing of documents containing confidential material. These revisions will add clarifying instructions for parties to proceedings.
2015-03-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning SystemsThe Coast Guard announces a public meeting to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled, ``Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems.'' The proposed...2015-05551"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-11/pdf/2015-05551.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/11/2015-05551/requirements-for-modus-and-other-vessels-conducting-outer-continental-shelf-activities-with-dynamicThe Coast Guard announces a public meeting to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled, ``Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems.'' The proposed regulations would establish minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning systems to engage in Outer Continental Shelf activities.
2015-03-03Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Documentation Renewal FeesThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. A separate fee of $26 for annual renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation was...2015-03651"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-03-03/pdf/2015-03651.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/03/03/2015-03651/vessel-documentation-renewal-feesThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on whether to increase the period of validity for renewing endorsements on Certificates of Documentation. A separate fee of $26 for annual renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation was established in a recent rulemaking. The Coast Guard is considering options for implementing multiyear renewals and updating the fee for services, and seeks information on factors to consider when implementing these changes.
2015-02-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2015 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in March 2014. The adjustments establish new base rates made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. Additionally, the Coast Guard exercises...2015-04036"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-26/pdf/2015-04036.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/26/2015-04036/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2015-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in March 2014. The adjustments establish new base rates made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. Additionally, the Coast Guard exercises the discretion provided by Step 7 of the Appendix A methodology. The result is an upward adjustment to close the gap between revenues projected by this rulemaking and those collected by the pilot associations. Our proposed rates planned to maintain parity with the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. While this continues to be our goal, we have since discovered a more significant challenge demonstrated by the recently completed revenue audits. This is a more pressing concern for the operation of safe, efficient, and reliable pilotage service on the Great Lakes than maintaining parity because it demonstrates that the pilot associations are unable to properly fund their operations. Also, we are implementing temporary surcharges to accelerate recoupment of necessary and reasonable training and investment costs for the pilot associations. This final rule promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2015-02-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Diving OperationsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for commercial diving that is conducted from deepwater ports or deepwater port safety zones, or in connection with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities, or from vessels that are required to have a...2015-02714"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-19/pdf/2015-02714.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/19/2015-02714/commercial-diving-operationsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for commercial diving that is conducted from deepwater ports or deepwater port safety zones, or in connection with Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities, or from vessels that are required to have a Coast Guard certificate of inspection. The regulations would be revised and updated to improve safety and to reflect current industry best practices. The proposed regulations would also allow the Coast Guard to approve independent third-party organizations to assist with ensuring regulatory compliance of commercial diving regulations. The proposed amendments promote the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.
2015-02-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMedical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants With the Following Conditions: Cardiomyopathy; Diabetes Mellitus; Narcolepsy; and Obstructive Sleep ApneaThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment on the policy clarification proposed in this document regarding the specific medical documentation the Coast Guard will consider in determining whether a medical waiver is warranted for merchant mariners with...2015-03109"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-18/pdf/2015-03109.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/18/2015-03109/medical-waivers-for-merchant-mariner-credential-applicants-with-the-following-conditionsThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment on the policy clarification proposed in this document regarding the specific medical documentation the Coast Guard will consider in determining whether a medical waiver is warranted for merchant mariners with cardiomyopathy, diabetes mellitus, or obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, the proposed policy clarification specifies that narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, and other hypersomnias of central origin, are medically disqualifying and generally not waiverable due to significant risk of sudden and unpredictable incapacitation of individuals who have these conditions.
2015-02-06Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems-Comment Period ExtensionThe Coast Guard is extending for 90 days the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems'' published on...2015-02415"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-06/pdf/2015-02415.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/02/06/2015-02415/requirements-for-modus-and-other-vessels-conducting-outer-continental-shelf-activities-with-dynamicThe Coast Guard is extending for 90 days the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Requirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning Systems'' published on November 28, 2014. This extension is necessary to allow sufficient time for the Coast Guard to hold a public meeting and receive any subsequent public comments on the NPRM.
2015-01-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure, and Automatic Identification SystemConsistent with statutory requirements and provisions, the Coast Guard is expanding the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to include more commercial vessels. This final rule amends the...2015-01331"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-30/pdf/2015-01331.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/30/2015-01331/vessel-requirements-for-notices-of-arrival-and-departure-and-automatic-identification-systemConsistent with statutory requirements and provisions, the Coast Guard is expanding the applicability of notice of arrival (NOA) and automatic identification system (AIS) requirements to include more commercial vessels. This final rule amends the applicability of notice of arrival requirements to include additional vessels, sets forth a mandatory method for electronic submission of NOAs, and modifies related reporting content, timeframes, and procedures. This final rule also extends the applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) areas to all U.S. navigable waters, and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS, consistent with statutory requirements, and in limited cases, the Secretary's discretionary authority. These changes will improve navigation safety, enhance our ability to identify and track vessels, and heighten our overall maritime domain awareness (MDA), thus helping us address threats to maritime transportation safety and security.
2015-01-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010; ImplementationThe Coast Guard proposes amending its passenger vessel regulations to implement the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 with respect to deck rails, systems for detecting or recording falls overboard and for recording evidence of possible...2015-00464"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-16/pdf/2015-00464.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/16/2015-00464/cruise-vessel-security-and-safety-act-of-2010-implementationThe Coast Guard proposes amending its passenger vessel regulations to implement the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 with respect to deck rails, systems for detecting or recording falls overboard and for recording evidence of possible crimes, hailing devices, security guides, sexual assault response, and crime scene preservation training. The proposed regulations promote the Coast Guard's maritime safety and security missions.
2015-01-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum ProductsThe Coast Guard is reopening the public comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Commercial Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum Products,'' published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2014. The notice of proposed...2014-30810"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-05/pdf/2014-30810.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2015/01/05/2014-30810/commercial-fishing-vessels-dispensing-petroleum-productsThe Coast Guard is reopening the public comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Commercial Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum Products,'' published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2014. The notice of proposed rulemaking included an incorrect docket number, USCG-2013-0195, and has been reopened with the correct docket number, USCG-2014-0195, to facilitate public comment.
2014-12-23RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionExpanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive AuctionsThis document contains corrections to the final regulations to the Commission's rules which were published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 6, 2014 (79 FR 65906). The Commission published a clarification in the Declaratory Ruling, which...2014-30079"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/pdf/2014-30079.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/23/2014-30079/expanding-the-economic-and-innovation-opportunities-of-spectrum-through-incentive-auctionsThis document contains corrections to the final regulations to the Commission's rules which were published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 6, 2014 (79 FR 65906). The Commission published a clarification in the Declaratory Ruling, which clarifies how the Commission intends to preserve the ``coverage area'' of eligible broadcasters in the repacking process associated with the broadcast television spectrum incentive auctions. This document contains corrections to the adopted date.
2014-12-23RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Dismissals of ActionsThe Federal Maritime Commission is amending its rules governing dismissals of actions by complainants, by order of the presiding officer, and by respondents when complainant fails to prosecute.2014-29946"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-23/pdf/2014-29946.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/23/2014-29946/amendments-to-regulations-governing-the-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-for-dismissals-of-actionsThe Federal Maritime Commission is amending its rules governing dismissals of actions by complainants, by order of the presiding officer, and by respondents when complainant fails to prosecute.
2014-12-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionFCC Seeks Comment on Cellular Service Reform of Licensing and Technical Rules, Including Power LimitsIn this document, the Commission proposes and seeks comment on reforms of its rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular (``Cellular'') Service. The proposals include a geographic-based discontinuance of operations rule to replace the current site-based...2014-29848"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-22/pdf/2014-29848.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/22/2014-29848/fcc-seeks-comment-on-cellular-service-reform-of-licensing-and-technical-rules-including-power-limitsIn this document, the Commission proposes and seeks comment on reforms of its rules governing the 800 MHz Cellular (``Cellular'') Service. The proposals include a geographic-based discontinuance of operations rule to replace the current site-based approach, and the establishment of frequency coordinators to review certain applications prior to their submission to the Commission. In addition, the Commission proposes revised Cellular radiated power provisions and related technical rules, including use of a power spectral density (``PSD'') model. The goals of the proposed reforms are to provide licensees with increased flexibility, achieve greater efficiency in the provision of new service to consumers, and facilitate deployment of next-generation wireless broadband networks that use advanced technologies.
2014-12-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2015 Annual Review and Adjustment-Extension of Comment PeriodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-- 2015 Annual Review and Adjustment,'' published on September 4, 2014, for 30 days. We have decided to extend the comment...2014-28272"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-01/pdf/2014-28272.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/12/01/2014-28272/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2015-annual-review-and-adjustment-extension-of-comment-periodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Great Lakes Pilotage Rates-- 2015 Annual Review and Adjustment,'' published on September 4, 2014, for 30 days. We have decided to extend the comment period as we have received new financial data that could affect the discretion provided by Step 7 of the Appendix A methodology and the final rate.
2014-11-28Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRequirements for MODUs and Other Vessels Conducting Outer Continental Shelf Activities With Dynamic Positioning SystemsThe Coast Guard proposes to establish minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning systems to engage in Outer Continental Shelf activities....2014-27594"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-28/pdf/2014-27594.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/28/2014-27594/requirements-for-modus-and-other-vessels-conducting-outer-continental-shelf-activities-with-dynamicThe Coast Guard proposes to establish minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning systems to engage in Outer Continental Shelf activities. Establishing these minimum standards is necessary to improve the safety of people and property involved in such operations, and the protection of the environment in which they operate. This notice of proposed rulemaking would decrease the risk of a loss of position by a dynamically- positioned MODU or other vessel that could result in a fire, explosion, or subsea spill, and supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and protection of natural resources.
2014-11-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Devices-Uninspected Commercial Barges and Sailing VesselsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 10, 2014, requiring the use of wearable personal flotation devices for individuals on board uninspected non-passenger commercial barges and sailing vessels. In the final rule,...2014-27154"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-17/pdf/2014-27154.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/17/2014-27154/lifesaving-devices-uninspected-commercial-barges-and-sailing-vesselsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 10, 2014, requiring the use of wearable personal flotation devices for individuals on board uninspected non-passenger commercial barges and sailing vessels. In the final rule, the Coast Guard amended several tables to reflect this requirement. However, in a subsequent final rule regarding non-substantive changes, the Coast Guard removed the same tables in an effort to consolidate the regulations by referencing to a common table instead. The original final rule's amendatory instructions can no longer be amended as the tables were removed prior to the original final rule's effective date by the subsequent effective final rule. This correction removes the amendatory instructions in the original final rule for the affected tables.
2014-11-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2013 Liquid Chemical Categorization UpdatesThe Coast Guard announces an additional two-year delay of the effective date of its 2013 interim rule, which updates and revises tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved by the Coast...2014-26920"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-14/pdf/2014-26920.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/14/2014-26920/2013-liquid-chemical-categorization-updatesThe Coast Guard announces an additional two-year delay of the effective date of its 2013 interim rule, which updates and revises tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved by the Coast Guard and the International Maritime Organization for maritime transportation in bulk. These tables also indicate how the pollution potential of each substance has been categorized. The Coast Guard received comments to our 2013 interim rule regarding technical errors in the revised tables and is working to correct those errors. The additional delay will allow the Coast Guard to complete its work to correct technical errors and solicit additional comments in a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking, prior to finalizing the rule. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2014-11-06RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionExpanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive AuctionsThis document clarifies how the Commission intends to preserve the ``coverage area'' as well as the ``population served'' of eligible broadcasters in the repacking process associated with the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. This action...2014-26038"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-06/pdf/2014-26038.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/06/2014-26038/expanding-the-economic-and-innovation-opportunities-of-spectrum-through-incentive-auctionsThis document clarifies how the Commission intends to preserve the ``coverage area'' as well as the ``population served'' of eligible broadcasters in the repacking process associated with the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. This action is taken in order to remove any uncertainty regarding the repacking approach the Commission adopted in the Incentive Auction R&O.
2014-11-04Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPetitions for Reconsideration of Action in a Rulemaking Proceeding; CorrectionThe Federal Communications Commission published a document in the Federal Register of October 27, 2014 (79 FR 63883), regarding Petitions for Reconsideration filed of Action in a rulemaking proceeding. The document contained the incorrect deadline for...2014-26116"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-04/pdf/2014-26116.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/11/04/2014-26116/petitions-for-reconsideration-of-action-in-a-rulemaking-proceeding-correctionThe Federal Communications Commission published a document in the Federal Register of October 27, 2014 (79 FR 63883), regarding Petitions for Reconsideration filed of Action in a rulemaking proceeding. The document contained the incorrect deadline for filing replies to an opposition to the Petition. This document revises the deadline for replies to an opposition to the Petition.
2014-10-31Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionComprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite ServicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to amend its rules for licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations for communication by radio. The proposed changes would, among other things, facilitate...2014-25400"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-31/pdf/2014-25400.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/31/2014-25400/comprehensive-review-of-licensing-and-operating-rules-for-satellite-servicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) proposes to amend its rules for licensing and operation of space stations and earth stations for communication by radio. The proposed changes would, among other things, facilitate international coordination of proposed satellite networks; eliminate the need to assess compliance with interim milestone requirements; revise bond requirements to more effectively deter spectrum warehousing; clarify requirements for routine earth station licensing; and expand applicability of routine licensing standards.
2014-10-27Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPetitions for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking ProceedingIn this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding by Benjamin Perez, on behalf of Abacus Television, Stephen G. Perlman, on behalf of Artemis Networks, LLC, Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Esq., on...2014-25456"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-27/pdf/2014-25456.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/27/2014-25456/petitions-for-reconsideration-of-action-in-rulemaking-proceedingIn this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding by Benjamin Perez, on behalf of Abacus Television, Stephen G. Perlman, on behalf of Artemis Networks, LLC, Ari Q. Fitzgerald, Esq., on behalf of GE Healthcare, Steven K. Berry, on behalf of Competitive Carriers Association, Louis Libin, on behalf of Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, Andrew W. Levin, on behalf of T-Mobile USA, Inc., Melodie A. Virtue, Esq., and Garvey Schubert Barer, on behalf of Beach TV Properties, Inc., and Free Access & Broadcast Telemedia, LLC, Jennifer Johnson, Esq., on behalf of Bonton Media Group, Inc., and Raycom Media, Inc., John R. Feore, Esq., on behalf of Block Communications, Inc. and FBC Television Affiliates Association, Eve Pogoriler, Esq., on behalf of Gannett Co., Inc., Graham Media Group, ICA Broadcasting, and the Dispatching Printing Company, Dean R. Brenner, on behalf of Qualicomm Incorporated, Gerard J. Waldron, Esq., on behalf of CBS Television Network Affiliates Association, and NBC Television Affiliates, Wade H. Hargrove, Esq., on behalf ABC Television Affiliates Associates Association, Donald G. Everist, on behalf of Cohen, Dippell and Everist, P.C., Dale Woodin, on behalf of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association, Sally A. Buckman, Esq., on behalf Journal Broadcast Corporation, Margaret L. Tobey, on behalf NBC Telemundo License LLC, Mike Cavender, on behalf of Radio Television Digital News Association, Michael Gravino, on behalf of LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition, Mitchell Lazarus, Esq., on behalf of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, M. Anne Swanson, Esq., on behalf of Media General, Inc., Mace Rosenstein, Esq., on behalf of the Videohouse and Public Broadcasting Service, Inc., Lonna Thompson, on behalf of Association of Public Television Stations, J. Westwood Smithers, on behalf of Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Katherine Lauderdale, on behalf Public Broadcasting Service, A. Wray Fitch III, Esq., on behalf of American Legacy Foundation and Signal Above, LLC, Tom W. Davidson, Esq., on behalf of the Walt Disney Company, Paul J. Broyles, on behalf of International Broadcasting Network, Dean M. Mosely, on behalf U.S. Television, LLC, William H. Shawn, Esq., on behalf of Mako Communications, LLC., and Preston Padden, on behalf of Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition.
2014-10-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy Implementing the Standards of Training, Certification, and WatchkeepingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the third set of a series of NVICs to implement the Final Rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International...2014-24869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-24/pdf/2014-24869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/24/2014-24869/policy-implementing-the-standards-of-training-certification-and-watchkeepingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of five Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the third set of a series of NVICs to implement the Final Rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and made changes to national endorsements. These NVICs will provide guidance to mariners concerning new regulations governing merchant mariner certificates and endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC).
2014-10-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentOffshore Supply Vessels of at Least 6,000 GT ITCThe Coast Guard published an interim rule in the Federal Register on August 18, 2014, to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to the crew on U.S.- flagged OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured...2014-24716"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-17/pdf/2014-24716.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/17/2014-24716/offshore-supply-vessels-of-at-least-6000-gt-itcThe Coast Guard published an interim rule in the Federal Register on August 18, 2014, to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to the crew on U.S.- flagged OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the Convention Measurement System. In that interim rule, we revised a paragraph listing consensus standards incorporated by reference. In doing so, we inadvertently duplicated two paragraphs and presented others out of order. This correction resolves that error by removing the doubled paragraphs and reordering the others.
2014-10-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 29, 2014, that made non-substantive corrections throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In that final rule, the Coast Guard revised a paragraph by substituting...2014-24219"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24219.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/10/2014-24219/shipping-and-transportation-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 29, 2014, that made non-substantive corrections throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. In that final rule, the Coast Guard revised a paragraph by substituting an incorrect word with one that was presumed correct. The substitution is actually incorrect, and the original word was correct. This correction resolves that error by replacing the word that we incorrectly removed.
2014-10-10Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionOcean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General DutiesThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions,...2014-24003"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-10-10/pdf/2014-24003.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/10/10/2014-24003/ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-and-financial-responsibility-requirements-and-generalThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions, improve regulatory effectiveness, improve transparency, streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens.
2014-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPersonal Flotation Devices Labeling and StandardsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 22, 2014, which removes references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Two extra characters were...2014-23187"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-30/pdf/2014-23187.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/30/2014-23187/personal-flotation-devices-labeling-and-standardsThe Coast Guard published a final rule in the Federal Register on September 22, 2014, which removes references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices. Two extra characters were included in the phone number for the Coast Guard person to contact for more information about that rule. This document corrects that phone number.
2014-09-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule that makes non- substantive changes throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard regulations. This...2014-21994"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-29/pdf/2014-21994.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/29/2014-21994/shipping-and-transportation-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule that makes non- substantive changes throughout Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. These changes are provided to coincide with the annual recodification of Titles 46 and 49 on October 1, 2014.
2014-09-24RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionAmendments To Modernize and Clarify the Commission's Rules Concerning Construction, Marking and Lighting of Antenna StructuresIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) streamlines and eliminates outdated provisions of the Commission's rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures.2014-22772"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-24/pdf/2014-22772.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/24/2014-22772/amendments-to-modernize-and-clarify-the-commissions-rules-concerning-construction-marking-andIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) streamlines and eliminates outdated provisions of the Commission's rules governing the construction, marking, and lighting of antenna structures.
2014-09-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPersonal Flotation Devices Labeling and StandardsThe Coast Guard is issuing this final rule to remove references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). Removing these type codes from our regulations will facilitate...2014-22373"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-22/pdf/2014-22373.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/22/2014-22373/personal-flotation-devices-labeling-and-standardsThe Coast Guard is issuing this final rule to remove references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). Removing these type codes from our regulations will facilitate future incorporation by reference of new industry consensus standards for PFD labeling that more effectively convey safety information, and is a step toward harmonization of our regulations with PFD requirements in Canada and in other countries.
2014-09-22RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionProcedure for Public Notification of Ocean Transportation Intermediary Licensing ActivityThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is confirming the effective date of the direct final rule published on July 24, 2014, and responds to the comment received. The rule changes the method the Commission uses to provide public notice of...2014-22426"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-22/pdf/2014-22426.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/22/2014-22426/procedure-for-public-notification-of-ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-activityThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) is confirming the effective date of the direct final rule published on July 24, 2014, and responds to the comment received. The rule changes the method the Commission uses to provide public notice of Ocean Transportation Intermediary (OTI) license applications, revocations and suspensions by publishing this information on the FMC's official public Web site rather than publishing the same information in the Federal Register. This change provides more timely public notification of official FMC action on OTI licensing matters, simplifies the Commission's business processes, and reduces agency administrative costs.
2014-09-22Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing the Rules of Practice and Procedure for Dismissals of ActionsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing dismissals of actions by complainants, by order of the presiding officer, and by respondents when complainant fails to prosecute.2014-22427"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-22/pdf/2014-22427.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/22/2014-22427/amendments-to-regulations-governing-the-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-for-dismissals-of-actionsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing dismissals of actions by complainants, by order of the presiding officer, and by respondents when complainant fails to prosecute.
2014-09-17RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements; CorrectionsThe Coast Guard published in the Federal Register of December 24, 2013 (78 FR 77796), a final rule entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978,...2014-22064"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-17/pdf/2014-22064.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/17/2014-22064/implementation-of-the-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingThe Coast Guard published in the Federal Register of December 24, 2013 (78 FR 77796), a final rule entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements''. This document corrects two amended CFR sections that are causing inconsistencies in interpretation.
2014-09-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Devices-Uninspected Commercial Barges and Sailing VesselsThe Coast Guard is aligning its regulations with the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act. Before 2010, certain uninspected commercial vessels including barges and sailing vessels fell outside the scope of the statute requiring the Coast Guard to...2014-21541"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-21541.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/10/2014-21541/lifesaving-devices-uninspected-commercial-barges-and-sailing-vesselsThe Coast Guard is aligning its regulations with the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act. Before 2010, certain uninspected commercial vessels including barges and sailing vessels fell outside the scope of the statute requiring the Coast Guard to regulate lifesaving devices on uninspected vessels. Lifesaving devices were required on such uninspected commercial vessels only if they carried passengers for hire. The 2010 Act brought all uninspected commercial vessels within the scope of the statutory requirement to carry lifesaving devices even if they carry no passengers for hire. The effect of the 2010 Act was to bring, for the first time, uninspected non-passenger commercial barges and sailing vessels within the scope of the lifesaving devices requirement. The Coast Guard is now requiring the use of wearable personal flotation devices for individuals on board those vessels, and amending several regulatory tables to reflect that requirement. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's marine safety mission.
2014-09-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2015 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, last amended in March 2014. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. Additionally, the Coast Guard...2014-21046"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-04/pdf/2014-21046.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/09/04/2014-21046/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2015-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, last amended in March 2014. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. Additionally, the Coast Guard proposes to exercise the discretion provided by Step 7 of the Appendix A methodology. The result is an upward adjustment to match the rate increase of the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. We also propose temporary surcharges to accelerate recoupment of necessary and reasonable training costs for the pilot associations. This notice of proposed rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2014-08-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Load Line Exemption for the Gulf of Mexico: Petition for RulemakingOn October 1, 2012, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment regarding a petition for a rulemaking action. The petition requested that the Coast Guard establish a load line-exempted route in the Gulf of Mexico,...2014-19944"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-27/pdf/2014-19944.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/27/2014-19944/special-load-line-exemption-for-the-gulf-of-mexico-petition-for-rulemakingOn October 1, 2012, the Coast Guard published a Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment regarding a petition for a rulemaking action. The petition requested that the Coast Guard establish a load line-exempted route in the Gulf of Mexico, along the western coast of Florida. Upon review of the comments as well as analysis of safety considerations and other factors described in the discussion section, the Coast Guard has decided not to proceed with the requested rulemaking. The public comments, and the Coast Guard's reasoning for its decision, are discussed in this notice.
2014-08-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCommercial Fishing Vessels Dispensing Petroleum ProductsThe Coast Guard proposes revisions to its regulations for commercial fishing vessels carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargoes in bulk. The proposed revisions would reflect a 1984 statutory change that eliminated fishery-specific and...2014-19142"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/pdf/2014-19142.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/20/2014-19142/commercial-fishing-vessels-dispensing-petroleum-productsThe Coast Guard proposes revisions to its regulations for commercial fishing vessels carrying flammable or combustible liquid cargoes in bulk. The proposed revisions would reflect a 1984 statutory change that eliminated fishery-specific and geographical limitations on a statutory exemption that, effectively, permits certain commercial fishing vessels to carry and dispense flammable and combustible material including petroleum products; additionally, this proposed revision would simplify regulatory text. This notice of proposed rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.
2014-08-18RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentOffshore Supply Vessels of at Least 6,000 GT ITCThe Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (the Act) removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs), and required the Coast Guard to issue regulations to mitigate the risk created as a result, noting the need ``to...2014-18721"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-18/pdf/2014-18721.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/18/2014-18721/offshore-supply-vessels-of-at-least-6000-gt-itcThe Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (the Act) removed the statutory size limit previously placed on offshore supply vessels (OSVs), and required the Coast Guard to issue regulations to mitigate the risk created as a result, noting the need ``to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals in addition to the crew'' on OSVs exceeding the previous size limit. In accordance with the Act, the Coast Guard is issuing this interim rule to ensure the safe carriage of oil, hazardous substances, and individuals other than crew by requiring U.S.-flagged OSVs of at least 6,000 gross tonnage as measured under the Convention Measurement System to comply with existing regulatory requirements and international standards for design, engineering, construction, operations and manning, inspections, and certification. This rule also will affect any vessel of at least 500 gross register tons as measured under the Regulatory Measurement System, if that vessel is not assigned a measurement under the Convention Measurement System and the owner desires to have the vessel certificated as an OSV. The Coast Guard intends to finalize this interim rule after considering, and incorporating to the extent appropriate, any comments from the public.
2014-08-15RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionExpanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive AuctionsIn this document the Commission adopts rules to implement the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. Our central objective in designing this incentive auction is to harness the economics of demand for spectrum in order to allow market forces...2014-18423"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-15/pdf/2014-18423.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/15/2014-18423/expanding-the-economic-and-innovation-opportunities-of-spectrum-through-incentive-auctionsIn this document the Commission adopts rules to implement the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction. Our central objective in designing this incentive auction is to harness the economics of demand for spectrum in order to allow market forces to determine its highest and best use, which will benefit consumers of telecommunications services.
2014-08-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Documentation Renewal FeesThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. We are required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels. This final...2014-18999"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-12/pdf/2014-18999.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/12/2014-18999/vessel-documentation-renewal-feesThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. We are required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels. This final rule will separately list a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard.
2014-08-11RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInformal Procedure for Adjudication of Small ClaimsThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) amends its regulations concerning the adjudication of small claims filed with the Commission seeking reparations in the amount of $50,000 or less for violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. The rule transfers...2014-18917"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/pdf/2014-18917.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/08/11/2014-18917/informal-procedure-for-adjudication-of-small-claimsThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) amends its regulations concerning the adjudication of small claims filed with the Commission seeking reparations in the amount of $50,000 or less for violation of the Shipping Act of 1984. The rule transfers responsibility for the assignment of these claims from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist to the Chief Administrative Law Judge.
2014-07-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsThis rule finalizes the amendments to Coast Guard regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances (winches and davits), release mechanisms, survival craft (lifeboats, inflatable liferafts, and inflatable buoyant apparatus),...2014-17653"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-30/pdf/2014-17653.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/30/2014-17653/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standardsThis rule finalizes the amendments to Coast Guard regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances (winches and davits), release mechanisms, survival craft (lifeboats, inflatable liferafts, and inflatable buoyant apparatus), rescue boats, and automatic disengaging devices, which were published as an interim rule and amended by a second interim rule. Additionally, it finalizes the amendments to the requirements for Coast Guard-approved release mechanisms proposed in a supplementary notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM). This final rule harmonizes the Coast Guard's design, construction, and performance standards for this lifesaving equipment with international standards, while providing for the use of qualified independent laboratories, instead of Coast Guard inspectors, during the approval process and for production inspections of certain types of lifesaving equipment.
2014-07-24RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionProcedure for Public Notification of Ocean Transportation Intermediary Licensing ActivityThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations concerning licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) to update its business processes for providing...2014-17390"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-24/pdf/2014-17390.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/24/2014-17390/procedure-for-public-notification-of-ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-activityThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations concerning licensing, financial responsibility requirements, and general duties for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (OTIs) to update its business processes for providing public notification of OTI license applications, revocations and suspensions.
2014-07-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTraining of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf ActivitiesThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled, ``Training of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities,''...2014-16074"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-09/pdf/2014-16074.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/09/2014-16074/training-of-personnel-and-manning-on-mobile-offshore-units-and-offshore-supply-vessels-engaged-in-usThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled, ``Training of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities,'' published on April 14, 2014. We are extending the comment period at the request of industry to ensure stakeholders have adequate time to submit complete responses.
2014-07-02RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary PenaltiesThis rule implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. The rule adjusts for inflation the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to Federal Maritime...2014-15533"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-02/pdf/2014-15533.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/07/02/2014-15533/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penaltiesThis rule implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996. The rule adjusts for inflation the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) jurisdiction in accordance with the requirements of that Act.
2014-06-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRequirements To Document U.S.-Flag Fishing Industry Vessels of 100 Feet or Greater in Registered LengthThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is soliciting public comments on amendments to its regulations which implement new requirements regarding certain large fishing industry vessels set forth in the American Fisheries Act of 1998, as amended by the...2014-13282"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-06-10/pdf/2014-13282.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/06/10/2014-13282/requirements-to-document-us-flag-fishing-industry-vessels-of-100-feet-or-greater-in-registeredThe Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') is soliciting public comments on amendments to its regulations which implement new requirements regarding certain large fishing industry vessels set forth in the American Fisheries Act of 1998, as amended by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (``CGAA'') and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (``CGMTA''). The proposed revisions to the regulation adds two new exceptions to the restrictions on the eligibility of vessels over 165 feet in registered length to be documented with fishery endorsements, eliminates the 15-day application deadline for vessels whose fishery endorsements have become invalid, limits fishery endorsement eligibility for certain large fishing industry vessels, and eliminates certain exemptions for specific vessels that were deleted in the CGMTA.
2014-05-27Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Load Line Exemption for Lake Michigan: Petition for RulemakingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of several requests for a rulemaking, and requests public comment accordingly. The requesters are petitioning the Coast Guard to establish a special load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan. This exemption...2014-11931"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-27/pdf/2014-11931.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/27/2014-11931/special-load-line-exemption-for-lake-michigan-petition-for-rulemakingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of several requests for a rulemaking, and requests public comment accordingly. The requesters are petitioning the Coast Guard to establish a special load line-exempted route on Lake Michigan. This exemption would allow non- load line river barges to transit along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, between Chicago (Calumet Harbor), IL, and Muskegon, MI. This is similar to an existing exempted route along the western shore between Calumet and Milwaukee, WI.
2014-05-21Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTonnage Regulations AmendmentsThe Coast Guard announces a public meeting to take place on June 5, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2014, under the title ``Tonnage Regulations...2014-11789"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-21/pdf/2014-11789.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/21/2014-11789/tonnage-regulations-amendmentsThe Coast Guard announces a public meeting to take place on June 5, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on April 8, 2014, under the title ``Tonnage Regulations Amendments.'' This proposed rule would amend the tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, codifying principal technical interpretations issued by the Coast Guard, and incorporating administrative, non-substantive clarifications of and updates to the tonnage regulations.
2014-05-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy Implementing the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping Final RuleThe Coast Guard announces the availability of ten Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the second set of a series of NVICs to implement the Final Rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International...2014-10530"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-08/pdf/2014-10530.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/08/2014-10530/policy-implementing-the-standards-of-training-certification-and-watchkeeping-final-ruleThe Coast Guard announces the availability of ten Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the second set of a series of NVICs to implement the Final Rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers and made changes to national endorsements. These NVICs will provide guidance to mariners concerning new regulations governing merchant mariner certificates and endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC).
2014-05-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentWorkplace Safety and Health for Merchant MarinersThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address mariner occupational health and safety. In the attachments to its petition, which asserts that the Coast Guard has failed to provide...2014-09851"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-08/pdf/2014-09851.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/05/08/2014-09851/workplace-safety-and-health-for-merchant-marinersThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address mariner occupational health and safety. In the attachments to its petition, which asserts that the Coast Guard has failed to provide adequate workplace safety and health measures to protect limited tonnage merchant mariners, the National Mariner's Association has identified several safety and occupational health issues that are not currently addressed under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard will consider all comments received in response to this notice in determining whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking.
2014-04-30RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionRequests for Testimony by Employees Relating to Official Information and Production of Official Records in LitigationThis regulation amends the Commission's provisions for release of public information and related delegation of authority by issuing procedures for requests for testimony by Federal Maritime Commission employees and production of official Commission...2014-09837"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-30/pdf/2014-09837.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/30/2014-09837/requests-for-testimony-by-employees-relating-to-official-information-and-production-of-officialThis regulation amends the Commission's provisions for release of public information and related delegation of authority by issuing procedures for requests for testimony by Federal Maritime Commission employees and production of official Commission records in litigation, and delegating responsibility for determinations relating to such procedures to the General Counsel. It generally provides that Commission employees may not appear as witnesses in connection with information acquired in the course of performing official duties, or produce Commission records in litigation, without the consent of the Commission. The intended effect of this regulation is to clarify the Commission's procedures, conserve the ability of the Commission to conduct official business, preserve its employee resources, minimize involvement in matters unrelated to its mission and programs, and maintain its impartiality. This regulation does not apply to Congressional inquiries, Federal court civil proceedings in which the United States is a party, or Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests.
2014-04-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTraining of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels Engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf ActivitiesThe Coast Guard is considering expanding its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and mobile offshore units (MOUs) engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf...2014-08359"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-14/pdf/2014-08359.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/14/2014-08359/training-of-personnel-and-manning-on-mobile-offshore-units-and-offshore-supply-vessels-engaged-in-usThe Coast Guard is considering expanding its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and mobile offshore units (MOUs) engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), regardless of flag. This is necessary to enhance personnel preparedness for responding to emergencies such as fire, personal injury, and abandon ship situations in hazardous environments. We seek comments on the following topics: the sufficiency of existing maritime safety training and the value of additional maritime safety training for maritime crew and persons other than crew on OSVs and MOUs; an MOU's safety organizational structure (defining levels of authority and lines of communication); the professional education and service requirements for industrial officers on MOUs; the sufficiency of manning regulations on MOUs and OSVs; and any available economic data on current labor market trends and conditions as well as the current costs, benefits, and effectiveness of mandated maritime safety training courses and programs for maritime crew and persons other than crew.
2014-04-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentTonnage Regulations AmendmentsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This rulemaking would also codify principal technical interpretations issued by the...2014-07321"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-08/pdf/2014-07321.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/04/08/2014-07321/tonnage-regulations-amendmentsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its tonnage regulations by implementing amendments to the tonnage measurement law made by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This rulemaking would also codify principal technical interpretations issued by the Coast Guard, and incorporate administrative, non-substantive clarifications of and updates to the tonnage regulations. The Coast Guard believes these changes will lead to a better understanding of regulatory requirements.
2014-03-31RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: War Risk InsuranceIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is evaluating the continued accuracy of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues and provide...2014-06756"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-31/pdf/2014-06756.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/31/2014-06756/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-war-risk-insuranceIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MARAD) is evaluating the continued accuracy of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues and provide the regulated public with necessary guidance. As part of this review, MARAD is issuing this final rule to correct numerous citations in accordance with the codification of Title 46 of the United States Code, update relevant agency contact and underwriting agent information, and remove obsolete references to lighter aboard ship barges in Part 308. This rulemaking will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
2014-03-12Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPetition for Reconsideration of Action in Rulemaking ProceedingIn this document, a Motion for Clarification or, In the Alternative, Petition for Partial Reconsideration (Petition) has been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding by Intrado, Inc., on behalf of itself and its affiliate, Intrado...2014-05261"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-12/pdf/2014-05261.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/12/2014-05261/petition-for-reconsideration-of-action-in-rulemaking-proceedingIn this document, a Motion for Clarification or, In the Alternative, Petition for Partial Reconsideration (Petition) has been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding by Intrado, Inc., on behalf of itself and its affiliate, Intrado Communications, Inc.
2014-03-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2014 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting Great Lakes pilotage rates that were last amended in February 2013. The adjustments establish new base rates, and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The Coast Guard is exercising its discretion to...2014-04591"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-03-04/pdf/2014-04591.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/03/04/2014-04591/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2014-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting Great Lakes pilotage rates that were last amended in February 2013. The adjustments establish new base rates, and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The Coast Guard is exercising its discretion to establish new base rates to more closely align with recent Canadian rate increases. The final rule also adjusts weighting factors used to determine rates for vessels of different size, adopts a new procedure for temporary surcharges, applies a temporary surcharge for one pilotage association, and allows pilotage associations to recoup the cost of dues paid to the American Pilots Association. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.
2014-02-26RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy Implementing the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Final Rule; Notice of AvailabilityThe Coast Guard announces the availability of nine Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the first set of a series of NVICs to implement the final rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International...2014-04177"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-26/pdf/2014-04177.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/26/2014-04177/policy-implementing-the-standards-of-training-certification-and-watchkeeping-final-rule-notice-ofThe Coast Guard announces the availability of nine Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs), which are the first set of a series of NVICs to implement the final rule that aligned Coast Guard regulations with amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, and made changes to national endorsements. These NVICs will provide guidance to mariners concerning new regulations governing merchant mariner certificates and endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC).
2014-02-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentProposed Policy: “Other Relevant Criteria” for Consideration When Evaluating the Economic Soundness of Applications Under the Title XI Maritime Guaranteed Loan ProgramThis document provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the proposed policy regarding the factors the Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') will consider in its review of applications for the Title XI Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program...2014-03729"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-24/pdf/2014-03729.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/24/2014-03729/proposed-policy-other-relevant-criteria-for-consideration-when-evaluating-the-economic-soundness-ofThis document provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the proposed policy regarding the factors the Maritime Administration (``MARAD'') will consider in its review of applications for the Title XI Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program (``Title XI''). MARAD's proposed policy is intended to further promote the modernization of the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. shipyards through the construction or reconstruction (to include repowering) of vessels.
2014-02-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentWaiver of Citizenship Requirements for Crewmembers on Commercial Fishing VesselsThe Coast Guard amends its regulations to include a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. We seek to improve our efforts to inform the commercial fishing industry...2014-03302"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-02-14/pdf/2014-03302.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/02/14/2014-03302/waiver-of-citizenship-requirements-for-crewmembers-on-commercial-fishing-vesselsThe Coast Guard amends its regulations to include a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. We seek to improve our efforts to inform the commercial fishing industry of this opportunity by codifying the application procedure policy into the Code of Federal Regulations.
2014-01-17RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionImproving 9-1-1 Reliability; Reliability and Continuity of Communications Networks, Including Broadband TechnologiesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopts rules to improve the reliability and resiliency of 911 communications networks nationwide by requiring that 911 service providers take ``reasonable measures'' to provide...2014-00958"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-17/pdf/2014-00958.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/01/17/2014-00958/improving-9-1-1-reliability-reliability-and-continuity-of-communications-networks-includingIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) adopts rules to improve the reliability and resiliency of 911 communications networks nationwide by requiring that 911 service providers take ``reasonable measures'' to provide reliable 911 service. Providers subject to the rule can comply with the reasonable measures requirement by either implementing certain industry-backed ``best practices'' the Commission adopted, or by implementing alternative measures that are reasonably sufficient to ensure reliable 911 service. The FCC also requires 911 service providers to provide public safety answering points (PSAPs) with timely and actionable notification of 911 outages.
2014-01-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Liquid Chemical Categorization UpdatesThe Coast Guard announces the additional delay of the effective date of this interim rule from January 16, 2014, to January 16, 2015. The delay until 2015 will allow the Coast Guard to investigate and, if necessary, correct technical errors that were...2014-00502"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-13/pdf/2014-00502.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/01/13/2014-00502/2012-liquid-chemical-categorization-updatesThe Coast Guard announces the additional delay of the effective date of this interim rule from January 16, 2014, to January 16, 2015. The delay until 2015 will allow the Coast Guard to investigate and, if necessary, correct technical errors that were brought to the Coast Guard's attention by public comments on the interim rule.
2014-01-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentHarmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing EquipmentThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for certain design and approval standards for fire protection, detection, and extinguishing equipment on inspected and uninspected vessels, outer continental shelf facilities, deepwater ports, and...2013-29863"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-13/pdf/2013-29863.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/01/13/2013-29863/harmonization-of-standards-for-fire-protection-detection-and-extinguishing-equipmentThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations for certain design and approval standards for fire protection, detection, and extinguishing equipment on inspected and uninspected vessels, outer continental shelf facilities, deepwater ports, and mobile offshore drilling units. The proposed amendments would harmonize Coast Guard regulations with appropriate national and international consensus standards; address advances in fire protection technologies and standards; update Coast Guard approval processes for fire detection and alarm systems; and revise Coast Guard regulations for other types of equipment or components, such as spanner wrenches, non-metallic pipes, and sprinkler systems. These proposed changes are necessary to ensure Coast Guard regulations remain current and address advances in technology.
2014-01-10Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMarine Casualty Reporting on the Outer Continental ShelfThe Coast Guard proposes broadening the regulatory requirements for reporting marine casualties that occur on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The limited reporting requirements currently applicable to foreign-flag OCS units in those waters...2014-00278"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-01-10/pdf/2014-00278.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2014/01/10/2014-00278/marine-casualty-reporting-on-the-outer-continental-shelfThe Coast Guard proposes broadening the regulatory requirements for reporting marine casualties that occur on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The limited reporting requirements currently applicable to foreign-flag OCS units in those waters would be replaced with the broader requirements currently applicable to U.S.- flag OCS units and to marine casualties occurring elsewhere in U.S. waters. The proposed changes would improve the Coast Guard's ability to collect and analyze casualty data for incidents on the OCS, in the interest of maintaining and improving safety on the OCS. This proposed rule would support the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2013-12-24RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National EndorsementsThe Coast Guard issues this final rule to implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarers' Training, Certification and...2013-28032"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-24/pdf/2013-28032.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/24/2013-28032/implementation-of-the-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingThe Coast Guard issues this final rule to implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code), to address the comments received from the public in response to the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM), and to incorporate the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that came into force on January 1, 2012. In addition, this final rule makes other changes not required by the STCW Convention or Code, but necessary to reorganize, clarify, and update these regulations.
2013-12-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentOverhead Clearance (Air-Draft) AccidentsThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address the problem of overhead clearance (air-draft) accidents. In its petition, which calls for vessel masters to be provided with accurate...2013-30259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-20/pdf/2013-30259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/12/20/2013-30259/overhead-clearance-air-draft-accidentsThe Coast Guard seeks public comment on a petition that requests the Coast Guard to initiate a rulemaking to address the problem of overhead clearance (air-draft) accidents. In its petition, which calls for vessel masters to be provided with accurate vertical air draft information, a maritime organization has described 16 overhead clearance accidents that it says were avoidable and that resulted in damage to or destruction of waterway infrastructure and inconvenienced the public. The Coast Guard will consider all comments received in response to this notification in determining whether or not to initiate the requested rulemaking.
2013-10-30Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCarriage of Conditionally Permitted Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water in BulkThe Coast Guard announces the availability of a proposed policy letter concerning the carriage of shale gas extraction waste water in bulk via barge, and invites public comment. The policy letter specifies the conditions under which a barge owner may...2013-25628"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-30/pdf/2013-25628.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/10/30/2013-25628/carriage-of-conditionally-permitted-shale-gas-extraction-waste-water-in-bulkThe Coast Guard announces the availability of a proposed policy letter concerning the carriage of shale gas extraction waste water in bulk via barge, and invites public comment. The policy letter specifies the conditions under which a barge owner may request and be granted a Certificate of Inspection endorsement or letter allowing the barge to transport shale gas extraction waste water in bulk. The policy letter also defines the information the Coast Guard may require the barge owner to provide and specifies the additional requirements the Coast Guard is considering imposing on such barges. Upon reviewing comments received on this proposed policy letter, Coast Guard will issue the final policy letter and specify its effective date.
2013-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule that makes non- substantive changes throughout titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and...2013-22624"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-30/pdf/2013-22624.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/30/2013-22624/shipping-and-transportation-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThe Coast Guard is issuing a final rule that makes non- substantive changes throughout titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and transportation regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. These changes are provided to coincide with the annual recodification of titles 46 and 49 on October 1, 2013.
2013-09-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentElectrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations,'' published on June 24, 2013, until November 30, 2013. We are extending the comment period at the...2013-23280"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-25/pdf/2013-23280.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/25/2013-23280/electrical-equipment-in-hazardous-locations-extension-of-comment-periodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations,'' published on June 24, 2013, until November 30, 2013. We are extending the comment period at the request of industry to ensure stakeholders have adequate time to submit complete responses.
2013-09-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Liquid Chemical Categorization UpdatesThe Coast Guard is delaying the effective date of this interim rule by four months, to give the public additional time in advance of implementing the interim rule. The interim rule updates and revises regulatory tables that list liquid hazardous...2013-22412"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-16/pdf/2013-22412.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/16/2013-22412/2012-liquid-chemical-categorization-updatesThe Coast Guard is delaying the effective date of this interim rule by four months, to give the public additional time in advance of implementing the interim rule. The interim rule updates and revises regulatory tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved for maritime transportation in bulk, and that indicate how each substance's pollution potential has been categorized. The interim rule provides new information about approved substances and their categorizations, but would not change which substances are approved or how each substance is categorized. Updated information is of value to shippers and to the owners and operators of U.S.-flag tank and bulk cargo vessels in any waters and most foreign-flag tank and oceangoing bulk cargo vessels in U.S. waters. This interim rule promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2013-09-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesC1-2013-20351"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-13/pdf/C1-2013-20351.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/13/C1-2013-20351/seagoing-barges
2013-09-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentBulk Packaging To Allow for Transfer of Hazardous Liquid CargoesThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations concerning the transfer of hazardous materials to and from bulk packaging on vessels. The Coast Guard is expanding the list of bulk packaging approved for hazardous material transfers to include International...2013-21627"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-06/pdf/2013-21627.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/09/06/2013-21627/bulk-packaging-to-allow-for-transfer-of-hazardous-liquid-cargoesThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations concerning the transfer of hazardous materials to and from bulk packaging on vessels. The Coast Guard is expanding the list of bulk packaging approved for hazardous material transfers to include International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type 1 and Type 2 portable tanks, United Nations (UN) portable tanks, and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs). The Coast Guard is also expanding the list of allowed hazardous materials to provide greater flexibility in the selection and use of packaging in the transportation of hazardous materials. This rule will eliminate the need to obtain special permits or Competent Authority Approvals to use IMO Type 1 or Type 2 portable tanks, UN portable tanks, or IBCs.
2013-08-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesThe Coast Guard is revising several vessel inspection and certification regulations to align them with a statutory definition of ``seagoing barge'' and with a statutory exemption from inspection and certification requirements for certain seagoing...2013-20351"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-29/pdf/2013-20351.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/29/2013-20351/seagoing-bargesThe Coast Guard is revising several vessel inspection and certification regulations to align them with a statutory definition of ``seagoing barge'' and with a statutory exemption from inspection and certification requirements for certain seagoing barges. The revisions are intended to eliminate ambiguity in existing regulations, to reduce the potential for confusion among the regulated public, and to help the Coast Guard perform its maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2013-08-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Liquid Chemical Categorization UpdatesThe Coast Guard is updating and revising regulatory tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved for maritime transportation in bulk, and that indicate how each substance's pollution...2013-19422"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-16/pdf/2013-19422.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/16/2013-19422/2012-liquid-chemical-categorization-updatesThe Coast Guard is updating and revising regulatory tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that have been approved for maritime transportation in bulk, and that indicate how each substance's pollution potential has been categorized. The interim rule provides new information about approved substances and their categorizations, but would not make any changes in which substances are approved or how each substance is categorized. Updated information is of value to shippers and to the owners and operators of U.S.-flag tank and bulk cargo vessels in any waters and most foreign-flag tank and oceangoing bulk cargo vessels in U.S. waters. This interim rule promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2013-08-14Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPersonal Flotation Devices Labeling and StandardsThe Coast Guard proposes to remove references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). PFD type codes are unique to Coast Guard approval and are not well understood by the...2013-19677"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-14/pdf/2013-19677.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/14/2013-19677/personal-flotation-devices-labeling-and-standardsThe Coast Guard proposes to remove references to type codes in its regulations on the carriage and labeling of Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs). PFD type codes are unique to Coast Guard approval and are not well understood by the public. Removing these type codes from our regulations would facilitate future incorporation by reference of new industry consensus standards for PFD labeling that will more effectively convey safety information, and is a step toward harmonization of our regulations with PFD requirements in Canada and in other countries.
2013-08-13RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionModernizing the FCC Form 477 Data ProgramThe Report and Order revises the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477 collection to include data on deployment of fixed and mobile broadband networks and mobile voice networks, as well as company identification and emergency contact...2013-19493"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-13/pdf/2013-19493.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/13/2013-19493/modernizing-the-fcc-form-477-data-programThe Report and Order revises the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477 collection to include data on deployment of fixed and mobile broadband networks and mobile voice networks, as well as company identification and emergency contact information. The Report and Order also makes a number of targeted changes to the collection of subscription data to reduce reporting burdens and improve the quality and usefulness of data collected through the Form 477.
2013-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2014 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2013. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The...2013-19209"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-08/pdf/2013-19209.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/08/08/2013-19209/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2014-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2013. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. The proposed update reflects the Coast Guard exercising the discretion provided by Step 7 of the Appendix A methodology. The result is an upward adjustment to match the rate increase of the Canadian Great Lakes Pilotage Authority. We also propose adjusting weighting factors used to determine rates for vessels of different size, providing a procedure for temporary surcharges, and including dues paid to the American Pilots Association. This notice of proposed rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2013-07-26RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionCommission's Rules of Practice and Procedure; Practice Before the Commission, Parties to Proceedings, and RulemakingsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its Rules of Practice and Procedure regarding practice before the Commission, parties to proceedings, and rulemakings, to update, clarify, and reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before...2013-17953"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-26/pdf/2013-17953.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/26/2013-17953/commissions-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-practice-before-the-commission-parties-to-proceedingsThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its Rules of Practice and Procedure regarding practice before the Commission, parties to proceedings, and rulemakings, to update, clarify, and reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission.
2013-07-18Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Ocean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General DutiesThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions,...2013-17192"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-18/pdf/2013-17192.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/18/2013-17192/amendments-to-regulations-governing-ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-and-financialThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions, improve regulatory effectiveness, improve transparency, streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens. The Commission received requests and for a 60-day extension from the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America Inc., supported by the Transportation Intermediaries Association and from the Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association, Inc. The Commission determined to grant a 30-day extension of time.
2013-07-18RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Negotiated Rate Arrangements; Tariff Publication ExemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) revises its rules to impose registration requirements on foreign-based unlicensed non- vessel-operating common carriers and to extend an exemption from certain provisions and requirements of the Shipping Act...2013-17191"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-18/pdf/2013-17191.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/18/2013-17191/non-vessel-operating-common-carrier-negotiated-rate-arrangements-tariff-publication-exemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) revises its rules to impose registration requirements on foreign-based unlicensed non- vessel-operating common carriers and to extend an exemption from certain provisions and requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984 and the Commission regulations to foreign-based unlicensed non-vessel-operating common carriers that agree to negotiated rate arrangements.
2013-07-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Devices-Uninspected Commercial Barges and Sailing VesselsThe Coast Guard proposes aligning its regulations with the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act. Before 2010, uninspected commercial barges and uninspected commercial sailing vessels fell outside the scope of a statute requiring the regulation of...2013-16955"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-17/pdf/2013-16955.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/17/2013-16955/lifesaving-devices-uninspected-commercial-barges-and-sailing-vesselsThe Coast Guard proposes aligning its regulations with the 2010 Coast Guard Authorization Act. Before 2010, uninspected commercial barges and uninspected commercial sailing vessels fell outside the scope of a statute requiring the regulation of lifesaving devices on uninspected vessels. Lifesaving devices were required on uninspected commercial barges and sailing vessels only if they carried passengers for hire. The 2010 Act brought uninspected commercial barges and sailing vessels within the scope of the statutory requirement to carry lifesaving devices even if they carry no passengers. The Coast Guard proposes requiring use of wearable personal flotation devices for individuals on board uninspected commercial barges and sailing vessels, and amending several regulatory tables to reflect that requirement. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's marine safety mission.
2013-07-16RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMarine Vapor Control SystemsThe Coast Guard is revising existing safety regulations for facility and vessel vapor control systems (VCSs) to promote maritime safety and marine environmental protection. The revisions promote safe VCS operation in an expanded range of activities now...2013-15808"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-16/pdf/2013-15808.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/07/16/2013-15808/marine-vapor-control-systemsThe Coast Guard is revising existing safety regulations for facility and vessel vapor control systems (VCSs) to promote maritime safety and marine environmental protection. The revisions promote safe VCS operation in an expanded range of activities now subject to current Federal and State environmental requirements, reflect industry advances in VCS technology, and codify the standards for the design and operation of a VCS at tank barge cleaning facilities. They increase operational safety by regulating the design, installation, and use of VCSs, but they do not require anyone to install or use VCSs.
2013-06-24Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentElectrical Equipment in Hazardous LocationsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations. This proposed subpart would be applicable to foreign Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), floating facilities, and vessels that engage in OCS activities for the first time after the effective date...2013-14951"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-24/pdf/2013-14951.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/24/2013-14951/electrical-equipment-in-hazardous-locationsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations. This proposed subpart would be applicable to foreign Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), floating facilities, and vessels that engage in OCS activities for the first time after the effective date of the regulations. The proposed subpart would also be applicable to newly constructed U.S. MODUs, floating facilities, and vessels, excluding offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The proposed regulations would expand the list of national and international explosion protection standards deemed acceptable, as well as add the internationally accepted independent third-party certification system, the IEC System for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in Explosive Atmospheres, as an accepted method of testing and certifying electrical equipment intended for use in hazardous locations. The proposed regulations would also provide owners and operators of existing U.S. MODUs, floating OCS facilities, and vessels, other than OSVs, that engage in OCS activities and U.S. tank vessels that carry flammable or combustible cargoes the option of choosing between the compliance regime contained in existing regulations. This proposal would support the U.S. Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.
2013-06-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: Regulated Transactions Involving Documented Vessels and Other Maritime InterestsIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued accuracy of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues and provide...2013-13992"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-14/pdf/2013-13992.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/06/14/2013-13992/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-regulated-transactions-involving-documented-vessels-and-otherIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued accuracy of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues and provide the regulated public with necessary guidance. As part of this review, MarAd has decided to issue this final rule to correct numerous citations in accordance with the codification of Title 46 of the United States Code, update relevant agency contacts, update citations, and revise portions of the text. This rulemaking will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
2013-05-31Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Regulations Governing Ocean Transportation Intermediary Licensing and Financial Responsibility Requirements, and General DutiesThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions,...2013-12429"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-31/pdf/2013-12429.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/31/2013-12429/amendments-to-regulations-governing-ocean-transportation-intermediary-licensing-and-financialThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules governing the licensing, financial responsibility requirements and duties of Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. The proposed rule is intended to adapt to changing industry conditions, improve regulatory effectiveness, improve transparency, streamline processes and reduce regulatory burdens.
2013-05-29RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommercial Radio Operators; CorrectionThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of April 18, 2013. The document amended the FCC rules concerning radio operator licenses for maritime and aviation in order to reduce...2013-12723"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-29/pdf/2013-12723.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/29/2013-12723/commercial-radio-operators-correctionThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of April 18, 2013. The document amended the FCC rules concerning radio operator licenses for maritime and aviation in order to reduce administrative burden in the public's interest.
2013-05-13Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRevision of Crane Regulation Standards for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), and Floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) FacilitiesThe Coast Guard proposes to revise regulations related to the design, certification, inspection, and testing of cranes. These regulations apply to cranes installed on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), and floating...2013-11132"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-13/pdf/2013-11132.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/13/2013-11132/revision-of-crane-regulation-standards-for-mobile-offshore-drilling-units-modus-offshore-supplyThe Coast Guard proposes to revise regulations related to the design, certification, inspection, and testing of cranes. These regulations apply to cranes installed on Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), and floating Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities. This revision would update industry standards incorporated by reference with more recent versions, which are used by industry and incorporated in Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement regulations. Additionally, the Coast Guard proposes to revise regulations regarding certification, inspection, and testing of cranes by allowing use of additional organizations to act in lieu of Coast Guard marine inspectors.
2013-05-03Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionAuthorization of Radiofrequency EquipmentThis document proposes certain changes to the Commission's equipment authorization processes to ensure that they continue to operate efficiently and effectively. In particular, it addresses the role of TCBs in certifying RF equipment and post-market...2013-10315"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-03/pdf/2013-10315.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/05/03/2013-10315/authorization-of-radiofrequency-equipmentThis document proposes certain changes to the Commission's equipment authorization processes to ensure that they continue to operate efficiently and effectively. In particular, it addresses the role of TCBs in certifying RF equipment and post-market surveillance, as well as the Commission's role in assessing TCB performance. It also addresses the role of test laboratories in the RF equipment approval process, including accreditation of test labs and the Commission's recognition of laboratory accreditation bodies, and measurement procedures used to determine RF equipment compliance. The Commission believes that the changes proposed will enable new and innovative products to be brought to market as quickly as possible, thus promoting competition in the provision of RF equipment, while at the same time protecting against interference among radio services and devices using the RF spectrum.
2013-04-29RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionRadio Experimentation and Market Trials-Streamlining RulesThis document revises and streamlines the Commission rules to modernize the Experimental Radio Service (ERS). The rules adopted in the Report and Order updates the ERS to a more flexible framework to keep pace with the speed of modern technological...2013-08528"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-29/pdf/2013-08528.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/29/2013-08528/radio-experimentation-and-market-trials-streamlining-rulesThis document revises and streamlines the Commission rules to modernize the Experimental Radio Service (ERS). The rules adopted in the Report and Order updates the ERS to a more flexible framework to keep pace with the speed of modern technological change while continuing to provide an environment where creativity can thrive. To accomplish this transition, the Commission created three new types of ERS licenses--the program license, the medical testing license, and the compliance testing license--to benefit the development of new technologies, expedite their introduction to the marketplace, and unleash the full power of innovators to keep the United States at the forefront of the communications industry. The Commission's actions also modify the market trial rules to eliminate confusion and more clearly articulate its policies with respect to marketing products prior to equipment certification. The Commission believes that these actions will remove regulatory barriers to experimentation, thereby permitting institutions to move from concept to experimentation to finished product more rapidly and to more quickly implement creative problem- solving methodologies.
2013-04-18RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommercial Radio OperatorsThis document amends our rules concerning commercial radio operator licenses for maritime and aviation radio stations in order to reduce administrative burdens in the public's interest.2013-02372"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-18/pdf/2013-02372.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/04/18/2013-02372/commercial-radio-operatorsThis document amends our rules concerning commercial radio operator licenses for maritime and aviation radio stations in order to reduce administrative burdens in the public's interest.
2013-03-25Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMedical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants With a History of Seizure DisordersThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to merchant mariners with a history of seizure disorders. Coast Guard regulations provide that convulsive disorders (also known as seizure disorders) are...2013-06704"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-25/pdf/2013-06704.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/25/2013-06704/medical-waivers-for-merchant-mariner-credential-applicants-with-a-history-of-seizure-disordersThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to merchant mariners with a history of seizure disorders. Coast Guard regulations provide that convulsive disorders (also known as seizure disorders) are conditions that may lead to disqualification for a merchant mariner credential (MMC). Because a significant number of merchant mariner applicants have suffered from seizure disorders, it is important for the Coast Guard to develop and publish clear guidance regarding how such MMC applicants are evaluated. Prior to issuing a policy change on when waivers should be granted for seizure disorders, the Coast Guard will accept comments from the public on whether the proposed criteria adequately address safety concerns.
2013-03-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentVessel Documentation Renewal FeesThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. The Coast Guard is required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of...2013-04866"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-03-04/pdf/2013-04866.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/03/04/2013-04866/vessel-documentation-renewal-feesThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to separately list an annual fee for renewals of endorsements upon the Certificate of Documentation. The Coast Guard is required to establish user fees for services related to the documentation of vessels. This proposed rule would separately list a fee of $26 to cover the current costs of the vessel documentation services provided by the Coast Guard.
2013-02-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2013 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The adjustments establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. This rulemaking promotes...2013-04321"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-28/pdf/2013-04321.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/28/2013-04321/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2013-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard is adjusting the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The adjustments establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a full ratemaking procedure. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.
2013-02-27RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionPassenger Vessel Operator Financial Responsibility Requirements for Nonperformance of TransportationThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding the establishment of passenger vessel financial responsibility for nonperformance of transportation. The amount of coverage required for performance is modified to increase the cap on required...2013-04417"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-27/pdf/2013-04417.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/27/2013-04417/passenger-vessel-operator-financial-responsibility-requirements-for-nonperformance-of-transportationThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding the establishment of passenger vessel financial responsibility for nonperformance of transportation. The amount of coverage required for performance is modified to increase the cap on required performance coverage to $30 million over a two year period and thereafter adjust the cap every two years using the Consumer Price Index; adjust the amount of coverage required for smaller passenger vessel operators by providing for consideration of alternative forms of protection; remove the application form for issuance of certificates of financial responsibility from the Commission's regulations and make it available at its Web site; add an expiration date to the Certificate (Performance); and make technical adjustments to the regulations.
2013-02-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentUpdates to Standards Incorporated by Reference; Reapproved ASTM Standards; Technical AmendmentMany of the Coast Guard's regulations incorporate by reference consensus standards that are developed by organizations other than the Coast Guard. This final rule updates references to standards developed by ASTM International, that have been...2013-03724"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-27/pdf/2013-03724.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/27/2013-03724/updates-to-standards-incorporated-by-reference-reapproved-astm-standards-technical-amendmentMany of the Coast Guard's regulations incorporate by reference consensus standards that are developed by organizations other than the Coast Guard. This final rule updates references to standards developed by ASTM International, that have been reapproved, without change, since their incorporation into Coast Guard regulation. This rule does not address standards that have changed substantively, and it will not have any substantive impact on the regulated public.
2013-02-26Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Negotiated Rate Arrangements; Tariff Publication ExemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to impose registration requirements on foreign-based unlicensed non-vessel- operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and to extend an exemption from certain provisions and requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984 and...2013-04392"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-26/pdf/2013-04392.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/26/2013-04392/non-vessel-operating-common-carrier-negotiated-rate-arrangements-tariff-publication-exemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to impose registration requirements on foreign-based unlicensed non-vessel- operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and to extend an exemption from certain provisions and requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984 and the Commission regulations to foreign-based unlicensed non-vessel-operating common carriers that agree to negotiated rate arrangements (NRAs). The extension of the exemption is to make NRAs more useful and to enhance competition among all NVOCCs.
2013-02-15RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionInternational Settlements Policy ReformThe Commission eliminates the International Settlements Policy (ISP) and applies a modified version to Cuba. The Commission amends its rules and procedures to enhance its ability to respond to foreign carriers' anticompetitive behavior in and timely...2013-03073"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-02-15/pdf/2013-03073.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/02/15/2013-03073/international-settlements-policy-reformThe Commission eliminates the International Settlements Policy (ISP) and applies a modified version to Cuba. The Commission amends its rules and procedures to enhance its ability to respond to foreign carriers' anticompetitive behavior in and timely and effective manner. Eliminating the ISP will enable more market-based arrangements between U.S. and foreign carriers on all U.S.-international routes giving U.S. consumers competitive pricing when they make international calls. The Commission also adopts certain limited measures to improve the Commission's ability to protect U.S. consumers from the effects of anticompetitive conduct by foreign carriers.
2013-01-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesThe Coast Guard is proposing to revise several vessel inspection and certification regulations to align them with a statutory definition of ``seagoing barge'' and with an exemption from inspection and certification requirements for certain seagoing...2012-30984"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-09/pdf/2012-30984.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2013/01/09/2012-30984/seagoing-bargesThe Coast Guard is proposing to revise several vessel inspection and certification regulations to align them with a statutory definition of ``seagoing barge'' and with an exemption from inspection and certification requirements for certain seagoing barges. The proposed revisions are intended to eliminate ambiguity in existing regulations, to reduce the potential for confusion among the regulated public, and to help the Coast Guard perform its maritime safety and stewardship missions.
2012-12-17Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMedical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants With Anti-Tachycardia Devices or Implantable Cardioverter DefibrillatorsOn September 7, 2012, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed policy change and request for comments regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who have anti-tachycardia devices or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)....2012-30296"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-17/pdf/2012-30296.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/17/2012-30296/medical-waivers-for-merchant-mariner-credential-applicants-with-anti-tachycardia-devices-orOn September 7, 2012, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed policy change and request for comments regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who have anti-tachycardia devices or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The public comment period for the notice expired on October 9, 2012. In today's action, the Coast Guard is reopening the public comment period to provide additional time for interested parties to submit comments.
2012-12-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAdding International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to List of Certificates a Recognized Classification Society May IssueThe Coast Guard is amending its Vessel Inspection Alternatives regulations to add the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to the list of certificates that a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. We are...2012-29749"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-10/pdf/2012-29749.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/10/2012-29749/adding-international-energy-efficiency-iee-certificate-to-list-of-certificates-a-recognizedThe Coast Guard is amending its Vessel Inspection Alternatives regulations to add the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to the list of certificates that a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. We are making this change because Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution by Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978, has been amended to address energy efficiency for ships, and these amendments call for the issuance of IEE Certificates starting January 1, 2013. This rule will enable recognized classification societies to apply to the Coast Guard to issue IEE Certificates to vessel owners and help to ensure that the demand for IEE Certificates is met.
2012-12-04RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommission's Rules Regarding the Office of Managing Director and the Office of Inspector GeneralIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) amends its rules to reassign to the Office of Managing Director (OMD) certain audit activities formerly assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The activities concern...2012-29150"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-04/pdf/2012-29150.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/12/04/2012-29150/commissions-rules-regarding-the-office-of-managing-director-and-the-office-of-inspector-generalIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) amends its rules to reassign to the Office of Managing Director (OMD) certain audit activities formerly assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The activities concern oversight of the annual audit of the Universal Service Administrative Corporation (USAC) required by the Commission's rules. In addition, the Commission delegates of authority to OMD, in consultation with the Office of General Counsel, to issue subpoenas concerning matters within its jurisdiction.
2012-11-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment to harmonize Coast Guard regulations concerning release mechanisms for lifeboats and rescue boats with recently adopted international standards affecting design,...2012-28492"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-11-26/pdf/2012-28492.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/11/26/2012-28492/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standardsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment to harmonize Coast Guard regulations concerning release mechanisms for lifeboats and rescue boats with recently adopted international standards affecting design, performance, and testing for such lifesaving equipment, and to clarify the requirements concerning grooved drums in launching appliance winches. The Coast Guard seeks comments on this proposal.
2012-10-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: Seamen's Claims; Admiralty Extension Act Claims; and Admiralty ClaimsIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) solicited public comment concerning clarification of its regulations pertaining to seamen's claims, administrative action...2012-25786"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-30/pdf/2012-25786.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/30/2012-25786/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-seamens-claims-admiralty-extension-act-claims-and-admiraltyIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) solicited public comment concerning clarification of its regulations pertaining to seamen's claims, administrative action taken against MarAd, and litigation pertaining to such matters. No comments were received as a result of the agency's solicitation. By this rulemaking, MarAd is updating and modernizing the existing regulations and adopting a procedural process to more effectively address claims arising under the Suits in Admiralty Act, the Admiralty Extension Act and the Clarification Act. The existing regulations implement the Clarification Act. The newly added regulations implement a process to resolve administrative claims arising under the Admiralty Extension Act, and both the Suits in Admiralty Act and the Public Vessels Act, respectively.
2012-10-23RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure-Subparts E and L; CorrectionThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of October 10, 2012 (77 FR 61519). The final rule revises the Commission's rules of practice and procedure to update and clarify the rules and...2012-26007"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-23/pdf/2012-26007.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/23/2012-26007/amendments-to-commissions-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-subparts-e-and-l-correctionThe Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of October 10, 2012 (77 FR 61519). The final rule revises the Commission's rules of practice and procedure to update and clarify the rules and to reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission. This document corrects errors in the final rule.
2012-10-15RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPolicy Letters on the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978The Coast Guard announces the availability of three policy letters providing guidance to vessels and mariners subject to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). These...2012-25128"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-15/pdf/2012-25128.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/15/2012-25128/policy-letters-on-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-training-certification-andThe Coast Guard announces the availability of three policy letters providing guidance to vessels and mariners subject to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). These letters provide guidance on: The hours of rest requirements of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention and Code; issuance of endorsements and approval of training for Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD) and vessel personnel requiring security awareness training; and issuance of other endorsements and approval of other training to meet the 2010 amendments. These letters are necessary to provide guidance to affected parties until regulations implementing amendments to the STCW are promulgated.
2012-10-15RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionImplementing Public Safety Broadband Provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012In this document, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Commission implemented certain provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Safety Spectrum Act) governing deployment of a nationwide...2012-25235"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-15/pdf/2012-25235.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/15/2012-25235/implementing-public-safety-broadband-provisions-of-the-middle-class-tax-relief-and-job-creation-actIn this document, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) of the Commission implemented certain provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Safety Spectrum Act) governing deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network in the 700 MHz band. Pursuant to clear statutory directives, the Bureau reallocated the D Block (758-763/788-793 MHz) for ``public safety services'' and delete Commission rules that are plainly inconsistent with this revised allocation; deleted the rules establishing, providing license authority with respect to, and governing operations under the Public Safety Broadband License in the existing public safety broadband spectrum; and adopted rules implementing the clear mandate of the Public Safety Spectrum Act to grant a license with respect to the public safety broadband spectrum (763-768/793-798 MHz), guard band (768-769/798-799 MHz), and the D Block to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). By eliminating any confusion or uncertainty about the new regulatory framework applicable to the public safety broadband network, these action takes further steps necessary to facilitate the transition of this spectrum to FirstNet as required by the Act.
2012-10-10RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionCommission's Rules of Practice and ProcedureThe Federal Maritime Commission revises its rules of practice and procedure to update and clarify the rules and to reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission. The Commission also amends the regulation with respect to its former...2012-24388"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-10/pdf/2012-24388.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/10/2012-24388/commissions-rules-of-practice-and-procedureThe Federal Maritime Commission revises its rules of practice and procedure to update and clarify the rules and to reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission. The Commission also amends the regulation with respect to its former employees to reflect changes in a relevant statute and the regulation for filing of documents containing confidential materials.
2012-10-05RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionTermination of Certain Proceedings as DormantIn this document, the Commission, via the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) terminates, as dormant, certain docketed Commission proceedings. Termination of these inactive proceedings furthers the Commission's organizational goals of...2012-24643"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-05/pdf/2012-24643.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/05/2012-24643/termination-of-certain-proceedings-as-dormantIn this document, the Commission, via the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) terminates, as dormant, certain docketed Commission proceedings. Termination of these inactive proceedings furthers the Commission's organizational goals of increasing the efficiency of its decision-making, modernizing the agency's processes in the digital age, and enhancing the openness and transparency of Commission proceedings for practitioners and the public.
2012-10-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAdding International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to List of Certificates a Recognized Classification Society May IssueThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its Vessel Inspection Alternatives regulations to add the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to the list of certificates that a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard....2012-24165"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-02/pdf/2012-24165.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/02/2012-24165/adding-international-energy-efficiency-iee-certificate-to-list-of-certificates-a-recognizedThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its Vessel Inspection Alternatives regulations to add the International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate to the list of certificates that a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. We make this proposal because Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution by Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978, has been amended to address energy efficiency for ships, and these amendments call for the issuance of IEE Certificates starting January 1, 2013. This proposed rule would enable recognized classification societies to apply to the Coast Guard to issue IEE Certificates to vessel owners and help to ensure that the demand for IEE Certificates is met.
2012-10-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSpecial Load Line Exemption for the Gulf of Mexico: Petition for RulemakingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of a petition for rulemaking, and requests public comment accordingly. The petition was submitted by a river barge operator, who requests that the Coast Guard establish a special load line exemption on the...2012-23883"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-01/pdf/2012-23883.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/01/2012-23883/special-load-line-exemption-for-the-gulf-of-mexico-petition-for-rulemakingThe Coast Guard announces the availability of a petition for rulemaking, and requests public comment accordingly. The petition was submitted by a river barge operator, who requests that the Coast Guard establish a special load line exemption on the Gulf of Mexico. The requested exemption would allow non-load line river barges to transit along the west coast of Florida, en route to/from Tampa Bay.
2012-10-01RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and transportation regulations....2012-23551"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-01/pdf/2012-23551.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/10/01/2012-23551/shipping-and-transportation-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and transportation regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. These changes are provided to coincide with the annual recodification of Titles 46 and 49 on October 1, 2012.
2012-09-26RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionReporting and Supervision of Inspector GeneralThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations relating to agency organization to reflect changes in reporting requirements for the Office of Inspector General, implemented in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...2012-23708"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-26/pdf/2012-23708.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/26/2012-23708/reporting-and-supervision-of-inspector-generalThe Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations relating to agency organization to reflect changes in reporting requirements for the Office of Inspector General, implemented in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
2012-09-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentStandards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. WatersOn June 13, 2012, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register an announcement of effective date that announced an information collection approval for the Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (BWDS)...2012-22240"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-10/pdf/2012-22240.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/10/2012-22240/standards-for-living-organisms-in-ships-ballast-water-discharged-in-us-watersOn June 13, 2012, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register an announcement of effective date that announced an information collection approval for the Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (BWDS) Final Rule (77 FR 35268). The rulemaking triggered new information collection requirements affecting vessel owners and their potential requests for an extension of the compliance date if they cannot practicably comply with the compliance date otherwise applicable to their vessels. The June 13, 2012, document announced that the request to revise the existing collection of information to add the new request for an extension provision was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and may now be enforced. The OMB control number is 1625-0069. The approval for this collection of information expires on May 31, 2015. In the June 13, 2012, document, the Coast Guard inadvertently failed to indicate that we received public submissions to the BWDS Final Rule (77 FR 17254). The Coast Guard is now publishing a document to advise the public that we received four public submissions to this collection of information. As the four public submissions were not collection of information-related, we did not revise our collection of information estimates. You may view copies of the public submissions and the Coast Guard responses to them in the BWDS docket online by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG-2001-10486 in the ``Keyword'' box, and then clicking ``Search.'' A corrected information collection request package has been submitted to OMB for their review. The current 1625-0069 approval by OMB is still effective. If OMB decides to amend the current 1625-0069 approval, a copy of that decision will be placed in the docket.
2012-09-07Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMedical Waivers for Merchant Mariner Credential Applicants With Anti-Tachycardia Devices or Implantable Cardioverter DefibrillatorsThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who have anti-tachycardia devices or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Current Coast Guard guidance found in Navigation and Vessel...2012-22006"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-07/pdf/2012-22006.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/09/07/2012-22006/medical-waivers-for-merchant-mariner-credential-applicants-with-anti-tachycardia-devices-orThe Coast Guard is seeking public comment regarding criteria for granting medical waivers to mariners who have anti-tachycardia devices or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Current Coast Guard guidance found in Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 04-08, Medical and Physical Evaluation Guidelines for Merchant Mariner Credentials (NVIC 04-08), states that anti-tachycardia devices or ICDs are generally not waiverable. The Coast Guard is considering changing that policy. Prior to issuing a policy change on whether to grant waivers for anti-tachycardia devices or ICDs and the criteria for such waivers, the Coast Guard will accept comments from the public on whether the proposed criteria would adequately address safety concerns regarding merchant mariners with ICDs.
2012-08-28RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAdjustment of the Amount for the Optional Bond Rider for Proof of NVOCC Financial Responsibility for Trade With the People's Republic of ChinaThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding the amount of bond coverage on the optional China Bond Rider for Non- Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs). The final rule is intended to provide NVOCCs with the ability to post a bond...2012-21095"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-28/pdf/2012-21095.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/28/2012-21095/adjustment-of-the-amount-for-the-optional-bond-rider-for-proof-of-nvocc-financial-responsibility-forThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding the amount of bond coverage on the optional China Bond Rider for Non- Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs). The final rule is intended to provide NVOCCs with the ability to post a bond with the Commission that satisfies the equivalent of 800,000 Chinese Renminbi, for which the equivalent U.S. Dollar amount has fluctuated since the regulation was first adopted by the Commission.
2012-08-13RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionList of Office of Management and Budget Approved Information Collection RequirementsThis document revises the Commission's list of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved public information collection requirements with their associated OMB expiration dates. This list will provide the public with a current list of public...2012-19760"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-13/pdf/2012-19760.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/13/2012-19760/list-of-office-of-management-and-budget-approved-information-collection-requirementsThis document revises the Commission's list of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved public information collection requirements with their associated OMB expiration dates. This list will provide the public with a current list of public information collection requirements approved by OMB and their associated control numbers and expiration date as of June 30, 2012.
2012-08-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentApproval of Classification SocietiesFederal law requires that classification societies conducting certain work in the United States be approved by the Coast Guard. In this rule, we finalize application procedures and performance standards that classification societies must meet in order...2012-19376"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-09/pdf/2012-19376.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/09/2012-19376/approval-of-classification-societiesFederal law requires that classification societies conducting certain work in the United States be approved by the Coast Guard. In this rule, we finalize application procedures and performance standards that classification societies must meet in order to obtain approval by the Coast Guard. Through this final rule, we seek to improve marine safety and environmental protection by assuring the consistency and quality of work conducted by classification societies that review, examine, survey, or certify the construction, repair, or alteration of a vessel in the United States.
2012-08-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2013 Annual Review and Adjust; CorrectionThe Coast Guard published a Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on August 1, 2012 (77 FR 45539) proposing rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The charge rate, as listed in Sec. 401.407, Area 5 (Designated...2012-19348"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-09/pdf/2012-19348.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/09/2012-19348/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2013-annual-review-and-adjust-correctionThe Coast Guard published a Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on August 1, 2012 (77 FR 45539) proposing rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes. The charge rate, as listed in Sec. 401.407, Area 5 (Designated Waters) of that NPRM, is incorrect.
2012-08-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentGreat Lakes Pilotage Rates-2013 Annual Review and AdjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure....2012-18714"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-08-01/pdf/2012-18714.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/08/01/2012-18714/great-lakes-pilotage-rates-2013-annual-review-and-adjustmentThe Coast Guard proposes rate adjustments for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2012. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure. The proposed update reflects changes in benchmark contractual wages and benefits and an adjustment for inflation. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2012-07-26Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMARPOL Annex I Amendments; Extension of Comment PeriodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``MARPOL Annex I Amendments,'' published on April 9, 2012, for 60 days. We have decided to extend the comment period at the request of industry...2012-18226"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-26/pdf/2012-18226.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/07/26/2012-18226/marpol-annex-i-amendments-extension-of-comment-periodThe Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``MARPOL Annex I Amendments,'' published on April 9, 2012, for 60 days. We have decided to extend the comment period at the request of industry because we omitted from the docket the accompanying Regulatory Analysis, which informs the proposal.
2012-06-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAlternate Tonnage Threshold for Oil Spill Response VesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing an alternate size threshold based on the measurement system established under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, for oil spill response vessels, which are properly certificated under 46...2012-15976"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-29/pdf/2012-15976.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/29/2012-15976/alternate-tonnage-threshold-for-oil-spill-response-vesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing an alternate size threshold based on the measurement system established under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, for oil spill response vessels, which are properly certificated under 46 CFR chapter I, subchapter L. The present size threshold of 500 gross register tons is based on the U.S. regulatory measurement system. This final rule provides an alternative for owners and operators of offshore supply vessels that may result in an increase in oil spill response capacity and capability. This final rule adopts, without change, the interim rule amending 46 CFR part 126 published in the Federal Register on Monday, December 12, 2011.
2012-06-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentStandards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. WatersOn March 23, 2012, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register a Final Rule entitled ``Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters''. The rulemaking triggered new information collection requirements affecting...2012-14382"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-13/pdf/2012-14382.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/13/2012-14382/standards-for-living-organisms-in-ships-ballast-water-discharged-in-us-watersOn March 23, 2012, the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register a Final Rule entitled ``Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters''. The rulemaking triggered new information collection requirements affecting vessel owners and their potential requests for an extension of the compliance date if they cannot practicably comply with the compliance date otherwise applicable to their vessels. This document announces that the request to revise the existing collection of information to add the new request for an extension provision has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and may now be enforced. The OMB control number is 1625-0069.
2012-06-08RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers Negotiated Rate Arrangements; Tariff Filing ExemptionIn this direct final rule, the Federal Maritime Commission is revising the regulations which govern negotiated rate arrangements. The rule eliminates some recordkeeping requirements to make them less burdensome.2012-14005"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-08/pdf/2012-14005.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/08/2012-14005/non-vessel-operating-common-carriers-negotiated-rate-arrangements-tariff-filing-exemptionIn this direct final rule, the Federal Maritime Commission is revising the regulations which govern negotiated rate arrangements. The rule eliminates some recordkeeping requirements to make them less burdensome.
2012-06-08RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentStandards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. WatersThe Coast Guard is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of March 23, 2012 (77 FR 17254), entitled ``Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters.'' Six technical errors were inadvertently...2012-13888"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-08/pdf/2012-13888.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/08/2012-13888/standards-for-living-organisms-in-ships-ballast-water-discharged-in-us-watersThe Coast Guard is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of March 23, 2012 (77 FR 17254), entitled ``Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters.'' Six technical errors were inadvertently published in the final rule that require correction, two in the preamble and four in the regulatory text. The corrections are necessary for readability and accuracy.
2012-06-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentCarbon Dioxide Fire Suppression Systems on Commercial VesselsThe Coast Guard is amending the current regulations for fire suppression systems on several classes of commercial vessels. The amendments clarify that approved alternatives to carbon dioxide systems may be used to protect some spaces on these vessels,...2012-12334"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-06-07/pdf/2012-12334.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/06/07/2012-12334/carbon-dioxide-fire-suppression-systems-on-commercial-vesselsThe Coast Guard is amending the current regulations for fire suppression systems on several classes of commercial vessels. The amendments clarify that approved alternatives to carbon dioxide systems may be used to protect some spaces on these vessels, and set general requirements for alternative systems. Additionally, certain new carbon dioxide systems must be equipped with lockout valves and odorizing units to protect persons after a carbon dioxide discharge. By requiring these features on carbon dioxide systems and by making a wider range of fire suppression systems available, the regulations advance the Coast Guard's strategic goals of promoting marine safety and maritime mobility.
2012-05-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentValidation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Documents (MMDs)The Coast Guard is finalizing one section of regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 6, 2004. The interim rule was published to enhance the application procedures for the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation program,...2012-12871"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-29/pdf/2012-12871.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/29/2012-12871/validation-of-merchant-mariners-vital-information-and-issuance-of-coast-guard-merchant-marinersThe Coast Guard is finalizing one section of regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 6, 2004. The interim rule was published to enhance the application procedures for the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation program, which were necessary to improve maritime safety and promote the national security interest of the United States, but was never published as a final rule. The Coast Guard is finalizing the one remaining section of the interim rule that has remained unfinalized, which is a statement of the purpose of the rules in this part.
2012-05-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentValidation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Licenses and Certificates of Registry (MMLs)The Coast Guard is finalizing regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 13, 2006. The interim rule was published to amend the maritime personnel licensing rules to include new security requirements when mariners apply for original,...2012-12870"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-29/pdf/2012-12870.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/05/29/2012-12870/validation-of-merchant-mariners-vital-information-and-issuance-of-coast-guard-merchant-marinersThe Coast Guard is finalizing regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 13, 2006. The interim rule was published to amend the maritime personnel licensing rules to include new security requirements when mariners apply for original, renewal, and raise-of- grade licenses and certificates of registry, but was never published as a final rule. The Coast Guard is finalizing the one remaining section of the interim rule that has remained unfinalized, which is the definition of a dangerous drug.
2012-04-20RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionLifeline and Link Up Reform and Modernization; Advancing Broadband Availability Through Digital Literacy Training, et al.In this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning rules that comprehensively reform and modernize the Lifeline program to strengthen protections against waste, fraud and...2012-9586"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-20/pdf/2012-9586.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/20/2012-9586/lifeline-and-link-up-reform-and-modernization-advancing-broadband-availability-through-digitalIn this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning rules that comprehensively reform and modernize the Lifeline program to strengthen protections against waste, fraud and abuse; improve program administration and accountability; improve enrollment and consumer disclosures; initiate modernization of the program for broadband; and constrain the growth of the program.
2012-04-18Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission is issuing this Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on its rules which exempt non-vessel-operating common carriers who enter into service arrangements from certain tariff filing requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984.2012-9270"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-18/pdf/2012-9270.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/18/2012-9270/non-vessel-operating-common-carrier-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission is issuing this Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on its rules which exempt non-vessel-operating common carriers who enter into service arrangements from certain tariff filing requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984.
2012-04-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its correction published on March 29, 2012, to a direct final rule published on December 14, 2011 and withdrawn on April 6, 2012. The correction was published to correct an inadvertent transposition in the titles of two...2012-9047"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-13/pdf/2012-9047.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/13/2012-9047/seagoing-bargesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its correction published on March 29, 2012, to a direct final rule published on December 14, 2011 and withdrawn on April 6, 2012. The correction was published to correct an inadvertent transposition in the titles of two tables in our amendatory instructions and to publish vessel inspection tables in their entirety so that the format of the tables would be consistent with current Federal Register format requirements. The direct final rule was withdrawn on April 6, 2012, because we received two adverse comments and the direct final rule will not become effective as scheduled. Therefore, we must also withdraw the vessel inspection tables published as part of the correction because they are not consistent with the current regulatory text.
2012-04-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentMARPOL Annex I AmendmentsIn this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), we are proposing to update our regulations to harmonize U.S. regulations with international conventions regarding oil pollution and safety of life at sea. The Coast Guard proposes to amend our regulations...2012-7919"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-09/pdf/2012-7919.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/09/2012-7919/marpol-annex-i-amendmentsIn this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), we are proposing to update our regulations to harmonize U.S. regulations with international conventions regarding oil pollution and safety of life at sea. The Coast Guard proposes to amend our regulations covering Navigation and Navigable Waters to align with recent amendments to Annex I of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978, which were adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee during its 52nd, 54th, 56th, and 59th sessions. In addition, we are proposing to incorporate guidance from the Maritime Safety Committee, based on updates to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974, into our regulations covering shipping. Finally, we are seeking public comment on an alternative to add a requirement that some new U.S. non-oceangoing vessels be equipped with an oily bilge water storage tank.
2012-04-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its direct final rule published on December 14, 2011. The direct final rule notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to revise regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the...2012-8310"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-06/pdf/2012-8310.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/06/2012-8310/seagoing-bargesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its direct final rule published on December 14, 2011. The direct final rule notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to revise regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the language of the applicable statutes. We are withdrawing that rule because we received two adverse comments. That rule will not become effective as scheduled. Instead, we plan to consider these issues in a notice of proposed rulemaking.
2012-04-03RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInflatable Personal Flotation DevicesThe Coast Guard is harmonizing structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation devices (PFDs) with current voluntary industry consensus standards. The Coast Guard is also slightly modifying regulatory text in...2012-7791"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-03/pdf/2012-7791.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/04/03/2012-7791/inflatable-personal-flotation-devicesThe Coast Guard is harmonizing structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation devices (PFDs) with current voluntary industry consensus standards. The Coast Guard is also slightly modifying regulatory text in anticipation of a future rulemaking addressing the population for which inflatable recreational PFDs are approved, but is not changing the current affected population.
2012-03-29RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesThe United States Coast Guard published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on December 14, 2011 (76 FR 77712) revising regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the language of the applicable statues....2012-4762"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-29/pdf/2012-4762.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/29/2012-4762/seagoing-bargesThe United States Coast Guard published a direct final rule in the Federal Register on December 14, 2011 (76 FR 77712) revising regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the language of the applicable statues. That document inadvertently transposed the titles of two tables in our amendatory instructions. Additionally, the Coast Guard is republishing the vessel inspection tables that rule amends in their entirety, so that the format of the tables is consistent with current Federal Register format requirements.
2012-03-23RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentStandards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. WatersThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is also amending...2012-6579"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-23/pdf/2012-6579.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/23/2012-6579/standards-for-living-organisms-in-ships-ballast-water-discharged-in-us-watersThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships' ballast water discharged in waters of the United States. The Coast Guard is also amending its regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. These new regulations will aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships' ballast water in waters of the United States.
2012-03-20RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentApplication for Foreign Rebuilding DeterminationOn February 25, 2011, the Coast Guard published a document seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking to amend the Coast Guard regulation concerning foreign-rebuilt determinations for vessels entitled to a coastwise trade endorsement. Under the...2012-6588"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-20/pdf/2012-6588.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/20/2012-6588/application-for-foreign-rebuilding-determinationOn February 25, 2011, the Coast Guard published a document seeking comments on a petition for rulemaking to amend the Coast Guard regulation concerning foreign-rebuilt determinations for vessels entitled to a coastwise trade endorsement. Under the Jones Act, to maintain a coastwise trade endorsement, a vessel must not be rebuilt outside the United States. This document responds to the comments we received on our February 25, 2011 request for comments, and announces the availability of our response to the petitioners denying their petition.
2012-03-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentBulk Packaging To Allow for Transfer of Hazardous Liquid CargoesThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations concerning the transfer of hazardous materials to and from portable tanks on vessels. The Coast Guard proposes to expand the list of portable tanks approved for hazardous material transfers to include...2012-5551"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-09/pdf/2012-5551.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/09/2012-5551/bulk-packaging-to-allow-for-transfer-of-hazardous-liquid-cargoesThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations concerning the transfer of hazardous materials to and from portable tanks on vessels. The Coast Guard proposes to expand the list of portable tanks approved for hazardous material transfers to include IMO Type 1 and IMO Type 2 portable tanks, UN portable tanks, and Intermediate Bulk Containers. In addition, the Coast Guard proposes to expand the list of allowed hazardous materials. The proposed amendments would provide greater flexibility in the selection and use of portable tanks and would allow for the transport of additional hazardous materials. The proposed effect would be to eliminate the need to obtain special permits or Competent Authority Approvals to use IMO Type 1 or IMO Type 2 portable tanks, UN portable tanks, or Intermediate Bulk Containers, or to transport hazardous materials not on the list.
2012-03-07RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionCertainty of Terms of Service Contracts and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding certainty of terms of service contracts and non-vessel-operating common carrier service arrangements. The rule provides common carriers and shippers with certainty and flexibility by...2012-5461"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-07/pdf/2012-5461.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/07/2012-5461/certainty-of-terms-of-service-contracts-and-nvocc-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission amends its rules regarding certainty of terms of service contracts and non-vessel-operating common carrier service arrangements. The rule provides common carriers and shippers with certainty and flexibility by facilitating their use of long-term contracts that adjust based upon an index reflecting changes in market conditions.
2012-03-01Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAmendments to Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure-Subparts E and LThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend Subpart E (Proceedings; Pleadings; Motions; Replies) and Subpart L (Depositions, Written Interrogatories, and Discovery) of its Rules of Practice and Procedure to update and clarify the rules and to...2012-4690"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-01/pdf/2012-4690.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/03/01/2012-4690/amendments-to-commissions-rules-of-practice-and-procedure-subparts-e-and-lThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend Subpart E (Proceedings; Pleadings; Motions; Replies) and Subpart L (Depositions, Written Interrogatories, and Discovery) of its Rules of Practice and Procedure to update and clarify the rules and to reduce the burden on parties to proceedings before the Commission.
2012-02-28RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Rates for Pilotage on the Great LakesThe Coast Guard is adjusting the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2011. The adjustments establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure. They result in an...2012-4453"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-28/pdf/2012-4453.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/28/2012-4453/2012-rates-for-pilotage-on-the-great-lakesThe Coast Guard is adjusting the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2011. The adjustments establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure. They result in an average decrease of approximately 2.62 percent from the rates established in February 2011. This final rule promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2012-02-28Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionPassenger Vessel Operator Financial Responsibility Requirements for Non-Performance of TransportationThe Federal Maritime Commission requests additional comments and information in order to assist the Commission's determination whether passenger vessel operators may be deemed ``small entities'' under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (as amended by the...2012-4749"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-28/pdf/2012-4749.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/28/2012-4749/passenger-vessel-operator-financial-responsibility-requirements-for-non-performance-ofThe Federal Maritime Commission requests additional comments and information in order to assist the Commission's determination whether passenger vessel operators may be deemed ``small entities'' under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act).
2012-02-21RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsThe Coast Guard is amending the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment to harmonize Coast Guard regulations for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatuses with recently adopted international standards affecting capacity requirements...2012-3869"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-21/pdf/2012-3869.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/21/2012-3869/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standardsThe Coast Guard is amending the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment to harmonize Coast Guard regulations for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatuses with recently adopted international standards affecting capacity requirements for such lifesaving equipment.
2012-02-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: Seamen's Claims; Admiralty Extension Act Claims; and Admiralty ClaimsIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued validity of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues. As part of...2012-2253"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-02/pdf/2012-2253.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/02/2012-2253/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-seamens-claims-admiralty-extension-act-claims-and-admiraltyIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued validity of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues. As part of this review, MarAd is soliciting public comment concerning clarification of its regulations pertaining to seamen's claims, administrative action taken against MarAd, and litigation pertaining to such matters. Specifically, MarAd proposes to update and modernize the existing regulations and to adopt a procedural process to more effectively address claims arising under the Suits in Admiralty Act, the Admiralty Extension Act and the Clarification Act. The revised regulations implement the Clarification Act and implement a process to resolve administrative claims arising under the Admiralty Extension Act, and both the Suits in Admiralty Act and the Public Vessels Act, respectively. MarAd will consider the comments it receives and determine whether any changes should be made to the proposed regulation.
2012-02-02RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: Shipping-Removal of Obsolete RegulationsIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued validity of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues. As part of...2012-2256"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-02-02/pdf/2012-2256.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/02/02/2012-2256/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-shipping-removal-of-obsolete-regulationsIn accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the continued validity of its rules and determining whether they effectively address current issues. As part of this review, MarAd has decided to remove parts of its regulations. The Maritime Security Act of 1996, established the Maritime Security Program, which replaced the Operating-Differential Subsidy (ODS) Program. Therefore, the regulations pertaining to the ODS Program and the Construction-Differential (CDS) Program are no longer in use. In addition, the disuse of regulations pertaining to the CDS program, have rendered these regulations obsolete. This rulemaking, deleting these obsolete regulations, will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
2012-01-25RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionConnect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service Support et al.In this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning rules that comprehensively reform and modernize the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that...2012-1503"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-25/pdf/2012-1503.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/25/2012-1503/connect-america-fund-a-national-broadband-plan-for-our-future-establishing-just-and-reasonable-ratesIn this document, Petitions for Reconsideration (Petitions) have been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning rules that comprehensively reform and modernize the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation.
2012-01-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentRevision to Chemical Testing Regulations for Mariners and Marine EmployersThe Coast Guard is considering revising the regulations governing chemical (drug and alcohol) testing of mariners. In support of that effort, we would like input from mariners, marine employers, service agents, and substance abuse professionals on a...2012-1156"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-20/pdf/2012-1156.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/20/2012-1156/revision-to-chemical-testing-regulations-for-mariners-and-marine-employersThe Coast Guard is considering revising the regulations governing chemical (drug and alcohol) testing of mariners. In support of that effort, we would like input from mariners, marine employers, service agents, and substance abuse professionals on a number of questions relating to the administration of chemical testing programs for mariners by mariner employers.
2012-01-11Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionAdjustment of the Amount for the Optional Rider for Proof of NVOCC Financial Responsibility for Trade With the People's Republic of ChinaThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding the amount of bond coverage required in its optional China Bond Rider for Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs). The proposed rule is intended to provide NVOCCs with the...2012-388"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-11/pdf/2012-388.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/11/2012-388/adjustment-of-the-amount-for-the-optional-rider-for-proof-of-nvocc-financial-responsibility-forThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding the amount of bond coverage required in its optional China Bond Rider for Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs). The proposed rule is intended to provide NVOCCs with the ability to post a bond with the Commission that satisfies the equivalent of 800,000 Chinese Renminbi, for which the equivalent dollar amount has fluctuated since the regulation was first adopted by the Commission.
2012-01-04RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the 2010 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978-Hours of Rest and Security-Related TrainingThe Coast Guard announces steps for implementing the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW) concerning hours of rest and security-related training...2011-33818"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-01-04/pdf/2011-33818.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2012/01/04/2011-33818/implementation-of-the-2010-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingThe Coast Guard announces steps for implementing the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, (STCW) concerning hours of rest and security-related training requirements. Because the final rule implementing the 2010 amendments to the STCW will not be published before the 1 January 2012 entry into force date, there is a need to provide guidance on implementation of the amendments related to these requirements, which will impact U.S. vessels and seafarers beginning on 1 January 2012. This notice applies to all vessels subject to STCW under current regulations.
2011-12-28RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionConnect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service SupportIn a rule published November 29, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) comprehensively reformed and modernized the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service,...2011-32411"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-28/pdf/2011-32411.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/28/2011-32411/connect-america-fund-a-national-broadband-plan-for-our-future-establishing-just-and-reasonable-ratesIn a rule published November 29, 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) comprehensively reformed and modernized the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation. The Commission adopted fiscally responsible, accountable, incentive-based policies to transition these outdated systems to the Connect America Fund, ensuring fairness for consumers and addressing the communications infrastructure challenges of today and tomorrow. The Commission uses measured but firm glide paths to provide industry with certainty and sufficient time to adapt to a changed regulatory landscape, and establish a framework to distribute universal service funding in the most efficient and technologically neutral manner possible, through market-based mechanisms such as competitive bidding. This document provides additional information to the final rule document published on November 29, 2011.
2011-12-27Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers Negotiated Rate Arrangements; Tariff Filing ExemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission is issuing this Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on ways to make the tariff filing exemption provided to licensed non-vessel-operating common carriers in its regulations more useful, including its possible extension to...2011-33007"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-27/pdf/2011-33007.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/27/2011-33007/non-vessel-operating-common-carriers-negotiated-rate-arrangements-tariff-filing-exemptionThe Federal Maritime Commission is issuing this Notice of Inquiry seeking comments on ways to make the tariff filing exemption provided to licensed non-vessel-operating common carriers in its regulations more useful, including its possible extension to foreign- based non-vessel-operating common carriers not licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
2011-12-22RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentProcessing of Merchant Mariner Credentials for Those Mariners Not Requiring a Transportation Worker Identification CredentialThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Policy Letter 11-15, which describes steps the Coast Guard is taking to implement a statutory change in mariner credentialing requirements. This policy letter details how the Coast Guard is relaxing its...2011-32852"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-22/pdf/2011-32852.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/22/2011-32852/processing-of-merchant-mariner-credentials-for-those-mariners-not-requiring-a-transportation-workerThe Coast Guard announces the availability of Policy Letter 11-15, which describes steps the Coast Guard is taking to implement a statutory change in mariner credentialing requirements. This policy letter details how the Coast Guard is relaxing its Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) enforcement posture for mariners who serve on board vessels that are not required to have a vessel security plan. It also describes policy changes to allow these mariners to acquire and renew a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) without holding a valid TWIC.
2011-12-14RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentSeagoing BargesBy this direct final rule, the Coast Guard is revising regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the language of the applicable statutes. The statutory language exempts certain seagoing barges from inspection....2011-32007"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-14/pdf/2011-32007.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/14/2011-32007/seagoing-bargesBy this direct final rule, the Coast Guard is revising regulations for the inspection and certification of seagoing barges to align with the language of the applicable statutes. The statutory language exempts certain seagoing barges from inspection. Through this rule, we seek to make the language of the regulation consistent with the language of the statute.
2011-12-12RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentAlternate Tonnage Threshold for Oil Spill Response VesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing an alternate size threshold based on the measurement system established under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, for Oil Spill Response Vessels (OSRVs), which are properly certificated...2011-31708"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-12/pdf/2011-31708.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/12/2011-31708/alternate-tonnage-threshold-for-oil-spill-response-vesselsThe Coast Guard is establishing an alternate size threshold based on the measurement system established under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, for Oil Spill Response Vessels (OSRVs), which are properly certificated under 46 CFR subchapter L. The present size threshold of 500 gross registered tons is based on the U.S. regulatory measurement system. This rule provides an alternative for owners and operators of offshore supply vessels (OSVs) that may result in an increase in oil spill response capacity and capability.
2011-12-09RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInternational Anti-Fouling System CertificateThe Coast Guard is amending its vessel inspection regulations to add the International Anti-fouling System (IAFS) Certificate to the list of certificates a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. This action is being...2011-31595"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-09/pdf/2011-31595.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/09/2011-31595/international-anti-fouling-system-certificateThe Coast Guard is amending its vessel inspection regulations to add the International Anti-fouling System (IAFS) Certificate to the list of certificates a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. This action is being taken in response to recently enacted legislation implementing the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001. This final rule will enable recognized classification societies to apply to the Coast Guard for authorization to issue IAFS Certificates to vessel owners on behalf of the Coast Guard.
2011-12-01RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionInflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties; CorrectionThe Federal Maritime Commission is correcting information contained in a table in a rule published in the Federal Register of Friday, July 31, 2009 (74 FR 38114). The rule adjusts for inflation the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject...2011-29486"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-01/pdf/2011-29486.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/01/2011-29486/inflation-adjustment-of-civil-monetary-penalties-correctionThe Federal Maritime Commission is correcting information contained in a table in a rule published in the Federal Register of Friday, July 31, 2009 (74 FR 38114). The rule adjusts for inflation the maximum amount of each statutory civil penalty subject to Federal Maritime Commission jurisdiction, in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996.
2011-12-01RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPreserving the Open InternetIn this document, a Petition for Reconsideration (Petition) has been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning a rule establishing protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness.2011-30643"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-01/pdf/2011-30643.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/12/01/2011-30643/preserving-the-open-internetIn this document, a Petition for Reconsideration (Petition) has been filed in the Commission's Rulemaking proceeding concerning a rule establishing protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness.
2011-11-29RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionConnect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establishing Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service SupportIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and...2011-30378"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-29/pdf/2011-30378.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/29/2011-30378/connect-america-fund-a-national-broadband-plan-for-our-future-establishing-just-and-reasonable-ratesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) comprehensively reforms and modernizes the universal service and intercarrier compensation systems to ensure that robust, affordable voice and broadband service, both fixed and mobile, are available to Americans throughout the nation. The Commission adopts fiscally responsible, accountable, incentive-based policies to transition these outdated systems to the Connect America Fund, ensuring fairness for consumers and addressing the communications infrastructure challenges of today and tomorrow. The Commission uses measured but firm glide paths to provide industry with certainty and sufficient time to adapt to a changed regulatory landscape, and establish a framework to distribute universal service funding in the most efficient and technologically neutral manner possible, through market-based mechanisms such as competitive bidding.
2011-11-16RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionTermination of Certain Proceedings as DormantIn this document, the Commission, via the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB), terminates, as dormant, certain docketed Commission proceedings. Termination of these inactive proceedings furthers the Commission's organizational goals of...2011-29513"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-16/pdf/2011-29513.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/16/2011-29513/termination-of-certain-proceedings-as-dormantIn this document, the Commission, via the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB), terminates, as dormant, certain docketed Commission proceedings. Termination of these inactive proceedings furthers the Commission's organizational goals of increasing the efficiency of its decision-making, modernizing the agency's processes in the digital age, and enhancing the openness and transparency of Commission proceedings for practitioners and the public.
2011-11-16RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommission Organization; Practice and Procedure; Radio Broadcast Services; and Experimental Radio, Auxiliary, Special Broadcast and Other Program Distributional ServicesThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is making a number of nonsubstantive, editorial revisions to the Commission's rules. These revisions remove certain rule provisions that are without current legal effect and therefore are...2011-28144"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-16/pdf/2011-28144.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/16/2011-28144/commission-organization-practice-and-procedure-radio-broadcast-services-and-experimental-radioThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) is making a number of nonsubstantive, editorial revisions to the Commission's rules. These revisions remove certain rule provisions that are without current legal effect and therefore are obsolete, amend rules that contain references to obsolete rules or statutory provisions, and correct rules that contain outdated terminology or typographical errors. These nonsubstantive revisions are part of the Commission's ongoing examination and improvement of FCC processes and procedures. The revisions clarify, simplify, and harmonize our rules, making the rules more readily accessible to the public and avoiding potential confusion for interested parties and Commission staff alike.
2011-11-10RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsC1-2011-25035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-10/pdf/C1-2011-25035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/11/10/C1-2011-25035/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standards
2011-10-13Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionCertainty of Terms of Service Contracts and NVOCC Service ArrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding certainty of terms of service contracts and non-vessel- operating common carrier service arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to provide common carriers and their customers...2011-26418"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-13/pdf/2011-26418.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/13/2011-26418/certainty-of-terms-of-service-contracts-and-nvocc-service-arrangementsThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding certainty of terms of service contracts and non-vessel- operating common carrier service arrangements. The proposed rule is intended to provide common carriers and their customers with certainty and flexibility if they decide to use long-term contracts that adjust based on a freight rate index that reflects changes in market conditions.
2011-10-11RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances (winches and davits), release mechanisms, survival craft (lifeboats, inflatable liferafts, and inflatable buoyant apparatuses), rescue boats,...2011-25035"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/pdf/2011-25035.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/11/2011-25035/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standardsThe Coast Guard is amending its regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances (winches and davits), release mechanisms, survival craft (lifeboats, inflatable liferafts, and inflatable buoyant apparatuses), rescue boats, and automatic disengaging devices. The amended regulations harmonize the Coast Guard's design, construction, and performance standards for this lifesaving equipment with international standards. In addition, the regulations provide for the use of qualified independent laboratories, instead of Coast Guard inspectors, during the approval process and for production inspections of certain types of lifesaving equipment. Because the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recently changed its international standards for lifeboat release mechanisms, the Coast Guard is issuing these amended regulations as an interim rule and will finalize the regulations after proposing amendments as necessary to address the recent IMO changes regarding release mechanisms. Additionally, recent IMO action modified the international standards for liferafts, and the Coast Guard is proposing new changes to its regulations to implement the modified international standards. The Coast Guard is publishing the proposal regarding liferafts separately in the Proposed Rules section of this issue of the Federal Register.
2011-10-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLifesaving Equipment: Production Testing and Harmonization With International StandardsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment published in this same issue of the Federal Register to harmonize Coast Guard regulations for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatuses with recently...2011-25032"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-11/pdf/2011-25032.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/10/11/2011-25032/lifesaving-equipment-production-testing-and-harmonization-with-international-standardsThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the interim rule addressing lifesaving equipment published in this same issue of the Federal Register to harmonize Coast Guard regulations for inflatable liferafts and inflatable buoyant apparatuses with recently adopted international standards affecting capacity requirements for such lifesaving equipment. The Coast Guard seeks comments on this proposal.
2011-09-30RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPreserving the Open InternetThe Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register of September 23, 2011, a document establishing rules to preserve the open Internet. Inadvertently the wrong paragraph was amended. This document corrects the error.2011-25287"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-30/pdf/2011-25287.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/30/2011-25287/preserving-the-open-internetThe Federal Communications Commission published in the Federal Register of September 23, 2011, a document establishing rules to preserve the open Internet. Inadvertently the wrong paragraph was amended. This document corrects the error.
2011-09-30RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentShipping and Transportation; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming AmendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and transportation regulations....2011-25276"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-30/pdf/2011-25276.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/30/2011-25276/shipping-and-transportation-technical-organizational-and-conforming-amendmentsThis final rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Titles 46 and 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard shipping and transportation regulations. This rule will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. These changes are provided to coincide with the annual recodification of Titles 46 and 49 on October 1, 2011.
2011-09-29Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInflatable Personal Flotation DevicesOn March 30, 2011, the Coast Guard published a direct final rule that notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to harmonize structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation devices (PFDs) with current voluntary...2011-25034"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-29/pdf/2011-25034.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/29/2011-25034/inflatable-personal-flotation-devicesOn March 30, 2011, the Coast Guard published a direct final rule that notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to harmonize structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation devices (PFDs) with current voluntary industry consensus standards, and to slightly modify regulatory text in anticipation of a future rulemaking addressing the population for which inflatable recreational PFDs are approved (76 FR 17561). As discussed below, we have received an adverse comment on the direct final rule, and have withdrawn the direct final rule in a notice of withdrawal published separately in this issue of the Federal Register. The Coast Guard seeks comment on the issues raised by the commenters and proposes to make the same changes to the current regulatory text, as modified below.
2011-09-29RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionLeased Commercial Access; Development of Competition and Diversity in Video Programming Distribution and CarriageIn 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules pertaining to carriage of video programming vendors by multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''), known as the ``program carriage rules.'' The rules are intended to...2011-24240"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-29/pdf/2011-24240.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/29/2011-24240/leased-commercial-access-development-of-competition-and-diversity-in-video-programming-distributionIn 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules pertaining to carriage of video programming vendors by multichannel video programming distributors (``MVPDs''), known as the ``program carriage rules.'' The rules are intended to benefit consumers by promoting competition and diversity in the video programming and video distribution markets. In this document, the FCC amends its rules to improve the procedures for addressing complaints alleging violations of the program carriage rules.
2011-09-23RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionPreserving the Open InternetThis Report and Order establishes protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness. The Commission adopts three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior...2011-24259"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/pdf/2011-24259.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/23/2011-24259/preserving-the-open-internetThis Report and Order establishes protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness. The Commission adopts three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior decisions. First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful Web sites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic. These rules, applied with the complementary principle of reasonable network management, ensure that the freedom and openness that have enabled the Internet to flourish as an engine for creativity and commerce will continue. This framework thus provides greater certainty and predictability to consumers, innovators, investors, and broadband providers, as well as the flexibility providers need to effectively manage their networks. The framework promotes a virtuous circle of innovation and investment in which new uses of the network--including new content, applications, services, and devices--lead to increased end-user demand for broadband, which drives network improvements that in turn lead to further innovative network uses.
2011-09-20Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionPassenger Vessel Operator Financial Responsibility Requirements for Nonperformance of TransportationThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding the establishment of passenger vessel financial responsibility for nonperformance of transportation. Currently the amount of coverage required for performance shall not exceed $15...2011-23906"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-20/pdf/2011-23906.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/20/2011-23906/passenger-vessel-operator-financial-responsibility-requirements-for-nonperformance-of-transportationThe Federal Maritime Commission proposes to amend its rules regarding the establishment of passenger vessel financial responsibility for nonperformance of transportation. Currently the amount of coverage required for performance shall not exceed $15 million. The amendments would modify the current cap on required performance coverage from $15 million to $30 million over a two year period; adjust the amount of coverage required for smaller passenger vessel operators by providing for consideration of alternative forms of protection; revise the application form; add an expiration date to the Certificate (Performance); and make some technical adjustments to the regulations. Comments and suggestions are particularly sought regarding consideration of duplicative forms of protection without creating gaps that could leave consumers vulnerable.
2011-09-20Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentWaiver of Citizenship Requirements for Crewmembers on Commercial Fishing Vessels; CorrectionThis document corrects the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2011, entitled ``Waiver of Citizenship Requirements for Crewmembers on Commercial Fishing Vessels.'' This correction...2011-24055"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-20/pdf/2011-24055.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/20/2011-24055/waiver-of-citizenship-requirements-for-crewmembers-on-commercial-fishing-vessels-correctionThis document corrects the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2011, entitled ``Waiver of Citizenship Requirements for Crewmembers on Commercial Fishing Vessels.'' This correction provides correct information with regard to the RIN.
2011-09-19Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentRetrospective Review Under E.O. 13563: Cargo PreferenceThe Department of Transportation (Department or DOT) has been engaged for several years in an interagency discussion of its existing Cargo Preference regulations. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,''...2011-23983"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-19/pdf/2011-23983.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/19/2011-23983/retrospective-review-under-eo-13563-cargo-preferenceThe Department of Transportation (Department or DOT) has been engaged for several years in an interagency discussion of its existing Cargo Preference regulations. In accordance with Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' the Maritime Administration (MarAd) is evaluating the rules' continued validity and whether they effectively address current issues. As part of this review, MarAd invites the public to participate in a comment process designed to help it provide for a more easily administered system of regulations to benefit shippers and shipper agencies in meeting cargo preference requirements pursuant to the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended (the Act) and Maritime Administration implementing regulations.
2011-09-14RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionUnlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast BandsIn this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection requirements contained in the regulations for issues relating to the unlicensed use of the...2011-23426"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-14/pdf/2011-23426.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/14/2011-23426/unlicensed-operation-in-the-tv-broadcast-bandsIn this document, the Commission announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved, for a period of three years, the information collection requirements contained in the regulations for issues relating to the unlicensed use of the TV bands (TV White Space). The information collection requirements were approved on September 7, 2011 by OMB.
2011-09-13RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInflatable Personal Flotation DevicesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its direct final rule published on March 30, 2011. The direct final rule notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to harmonize structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation...2011-23271"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-13/pdf/2011-23271.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/13/2011-23271/inflatable-personal-flotation-devicesThe Coast Guard is withdrawing its direct final rule published on March 30, 2011. The direct final rule notified the public of the Coast Guard's intent to harmonize structural and performance standards for inflatable recreational personal flotation devices (PFDs) with current voluntary industry consensus standards, and to slightly modify regulatory text in anticipation of a future rulemaking addressing the population for which inflatable recreational PFDs are approved. The Coast Guard is withdrawing that rule because we received an adverse comment. That rule will not become effective as scheduled. Instead, the Coast Guard plans to consider these issues in a notice of proposed rulemaking.
2011-09-09Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard announces a series of public meetings to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Inspection of Towing Vessels'' that was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2011. As stated in that document, the...2011-23053"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-09/pdf/2011-23053.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/09/2011-23053/inspection-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard announces a series of public meetings to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled ``Inspection of Towing Vessels'' that was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2011. As stated in that document, the regulations proposed in the NPRM would establish safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. The proposal includes provisions covering: Specific electrical and machinery requirements for new and existing towing vessels, the use and approval of third-party auditors and surveyors, and procedures for obtaining Certificates of Inspection. Without making a specific proposal in the NPRM regarding potential requirements for hours of service or crew endurance management for mariners aboard towing vessels, the Coast Guard also welcomes comments on these two important issues, which are discussed in the NPRM.
2011-09-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInternational Anti-Fouling System CertificateThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its vessel inspection regulations to add the International Anti-fouling System (IAFS) Certificate to the list of certificates a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. This action is...2011-22361"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-01/pdf/2011-22361.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/09/01/2011-22361/international-anti-fouling-system-certificateThe Coast Guard proposes to amend its vessel inspection regulations to add the International Anti-fouling System (IAFS) Certificate to the list of certificates a recognized classification society may issue on behalf of the Coast Guard. This action is being taken in response to recently enacted legislation implementing the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, 2001. This proposed rule would enable recognized classification societies to apply to the Coast Guard for authorization to issue IAFS Certificates to vessel owners on behalf of the Coast Guard.
2011-08-18Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentWaiver of Citizenship Requirements for Crewmembers on Commercial Fishing VesselsThe Coast Guard proposes to add to its regulations a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. The Coast Guard aims to improve its efforts to inform the commercial...2011-21024"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-18/pdf/2011-21024.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/18/2011-21024/waiver-of-citizenship-requirements-for-crewmembers-on-commercial-fishing-vesselsThe Coast Guard proposes to add to its regulations a description of the procedures for requesting and processing waivers of citizenship requirements on commercial fishing vessels. The Coast Guard aims to improve its efforts to inform the commercial fishing industry of this opportunity by publishing the application procedure policy into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
2011-08-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Rates for Pilotage on the Great LakesThis document corrects the preamble to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of August 4, 2011, concerning rates for pilotage on the Great Lakes. This correction provides four rows that were missing from Table 36 in the earlier document and...2011-20763"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-16/pdf/2011-20763.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/16/2011-20763/2012-rates-for-pilotage-on-the-great-lakesThis document corrects the preamble to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of August 4, 2011, concerning rates for pilotage on the Great Lakes. This correction provides four rows that were missing from Table 36 in the earlier document and corrects a misspelled column heading in Table 37 of that document.
2011-08-11Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentInspection of Towing VesselsThe Coast Guard proposes to establish safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. The proposal includes provisions covering: Specific electrical and machinery requirements for new and...2011-18989"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-11/pdf/2011-18989.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/11/2011-18989/inspection-of-towing-vesselsThe Coast Guard proposes to establish safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. The proposal includes provisions covering: Specific electrical and machinery requirements for new and existing towing vessels, the use and approval of third-party auditors and surveyors, and procedures for obtaining Certificates of Inspection. Without making a specific proposal at this time, the Coast Guard also seeks additional data, information and public comment on potential requirements for hours of service or crew endurance management for mariners aboard towing vessels. The Coast Guard would later request public comment on specific hours of service or crew endurance management regulatory text if it seeks to implement such requirements. The intent of the proposed rulemaking is to promote safer work practices and reduce casualties on towing vessels by requiring that towing vessels adhere to prescribed safety standards and safety management systems or to an alternative, annual Coast Guard inspection regime. The Coast Guard promulgates this proposal in cooperation with the Towing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee and pursuant to the authority granted in section 415 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004.
2011-08-08Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to Domestic EndorsementsOn August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46217), the Coast Guard published a notice of public meetings and request for comments on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on...2011-19985"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-08/pdf/2011-19985.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/08/2011-19985/implementation-of-the-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingOn August 2, 2011 (76 FR 46217), the Coast Guard published a notice of public meetings and request for comments on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to Domestic Endorsements.'' The incorrect publication date of the SNPRM was cited. This notice corrects that error.
2011-08-05Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentApproval of Classification SocietiesThe Coast Guard is reopening the comment period before issuing a final rule regarding the Approval of Classification Societies (USCG- 2007-27668). We previously published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing application procedures and...2011-19862"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-05/pdf/2011-19862.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/05/2011-19862/approval-of-classification-societiesThe Coast Guard is reopening the comment period before issuing a final rule regarding the Approval of Classification Societies (USCG- 2007-27668). We previously published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposing application procedures and performance standards that classification societies must meet in order to obtain approval by the Coast Guard before conducting work in the United States. We published the proposed regulations to implement the requirements imposed by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004, but before the publication of the final rule, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 changed the applicability to require that all classification societies be approved by the Coast Guard prior to conducting any work on a vessel in the United States. The published NPRM proposed allowing full members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) to be exempt from Coast Guard approval prior to working in the United States. Because of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, we are reopening the comment period to allow for any additional or updated comments from the public before publishing the final rule.
2011-08-04Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security Department2012 Rates for Pilotage on the Great LakesThe Coast Guard proposes adjustments to the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2011. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking...2011-19746"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-04/pdf/2011-19746.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/04/2011-19746/2012-rates-for-pilotage-on-the-great-lakesThe Coast Guard proposes adjustments to the rates for pilotage services on the Great Lakes, which were last amended in February 2011. The proposed adjustments would establish new base rates and are made in accordance with a required full ratemaking procedure. They result in an average decrease of approximately 4 percent from the rates established in February 2011. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.
2011-08-02Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to Domestic EndorsementsThe Coast Guard is announcing a series of public meetings to receive comments on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification...2011-19459"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-02/pdf/2011-19459.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/02/2011-19459/implementation-of-the-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingThe Coast Guard is announcing a series of public meetings to receive comments on a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) entitled ``Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to Domestic Endorsements'' that published in the Federal Register on August 1, 2011. The changes proposed in the SNPRM address the comments received from the public in response to a previously published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, in most cases through revisions based on those comments, and propose to incorporate the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that will come into force on January 1, 2012.
2011-08-01Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentImplementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to Domestic Endorsements.The Coast Guard proposes to amend the existing regulations that implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarer's Training,...2011-17093"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-01/pdf/2011-17093.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/08/01/2011-17093/implementation-of-the-amendments-to-the-international-convention-on-standards-of-trainingThe Coast Guard proposes to amend the existing regulations that implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code). The changes proposed in this Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) address the comments received from the public response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), in most cases through revisions based on those comments, and propose to incorporate the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that will come into force on January 1, 2012. In addition, this SNPRM proposes to make other non-STCW changes necessary to reorganize, clarify, and update these regulations.
2011-07-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionReporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications ServicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is reviewing its reporting requirements for providers of international telecommunications services. The Commission proposes to amend its reporting requirements for providers of...2011-18153"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-19/pdf/2011-18153.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/07/19/2011-18153/reporting-requirements-for-us-providers-of-international-telecommunications-servicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is reviewing its reporting requirements for providers of international telecommunications services. The Commission proposes to amend its reporting requirements for providers of international telecommunications services and transmission facilities in order to simplify the filing of the annual traffic and revenue report and the annual circuit-status report and modernize the information collected under those reports. The Commission also proposes to amend its rules to create a new annual services report designed to obtain basic information about providers of international telecommunications services and to update contact information. The Commission also proposes to amend its rules to clarify the confidential treatment of certain disaggregated information reported under the traffic and revenue report and the circuit-status report. This action is part of the Commission's comprehensive review of its international reporting requirements and is intended to remove unnecessary information collections and tailor its information collections to the current state of the international telecommunications market.
2011-07-19Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionInternational Settlements Policy ReformThe Federal Communications Commission proposes to remove the International Settlements Policy (ISP) from all U.S. international routes except Cuba. Eliminating the ISP will enable more market-based arrangements between U.S. and foreign carriers on all...2011-17368"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-19/pdf/2011-17368.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/07/19/2011-17368/international-settlements-policy-reformThe Federal Communications Commission proposes to remove the International Settlements Policy (ISP) from all U.S. international routes except Cuba. Eliminating the ISP will enable more market-based arrangements between U.S. and foreign carriers on all U.S. international routes. The Federal Communications Commission seeks comment on a proposal to enable the Commission to better protect U.S. consumers from the effects of anticompetitive conduct by foreign carriers in instances necessitating Commission intervention. Specifically, it seeks comments on proposals and issues regarding the application of the Commission's benchmarks policy.
2011-06-27RuleDEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONTransportation DepartmentApproval Process for Transfers to Foreign Registry of U.S. Documented Vessels Over 1,000 Gross TonsThis document clarifies the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) approval process in 46 CFR part 221, for requests relating to proposed transfers to foreign registry of U.S. documented vessels over 1,000 gross tons.2011-15889"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-27/pdf/2011-15889.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/06/27/2011-15889/approval-process-for-transfers-to-foreign-registry-of-us-documented-vessels-over-1000-gross-tonsThis document clarifies the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) approval process in 46 CFR part 221, for requests relating to proposed transfers to foreign registry of U.S. documented vessels over 1,000 gross tons.
2011-06-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentValidation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Documents (MMDs)The Coast Guard is advising the public of its intent to finalize regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 6, 2004. The interim rule (IR) was published to enhance the application procedures for the Merchant Mariner Licensing and...2011-14921"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-16/pdf/2011-14921.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/06/16/2011-14921/validation-of-merchant-mariners-vital-information-and-issuance-of-coast-guard-merchant-marinersThe Coast Guard is advising the public of its intent to finalize regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 6, 2004. The interim rule (IR) was published to enhance the application procedures for the Merchant Mariner Licensing and Documentation program, which were necessary to improve maritime safety and promote the national security interest of the United States, but was never published as a final rule. Because of the lapse in time since the interim rule publication, the Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public on one remaining section of the interim rule that has remained unfinalized. The Coast Guard intends to finalize this one section of the interim rule.
2011-06-16Proposed RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentValidation of Merchant Mariners' Vital Information and Issuance of Coast Guard Merchant Mariner's Licenses and Certificates of Registry (MMLs)The Coast Guard is advising the public of its intent to finalize regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 13, 2006. The IR was published to amend the maritime personnel licensing rules to include new security requirements when...2011-14920"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-16/pdf/2011-14920.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/06/16/2011-14920/validation-of-merchant-mariners-vital-information-and-issuance-of-coast-guard-merchant-marinersThe Coast Guard is advising the public of its intent to finalize regulations previously published as an interim rule on January 13, 2006. The IR was published to amend the maritime personnel licensing rules to include new security requirements when mariners apply for original, renewal, and raise-of-grade licenses and certificates of registry, but was never published as a final rule. Because of the lapse in time since the interim rule publication, the Coast Guard is seeking comments from the public on one remaining section of the interim rule that has remained unfinalized. The Coast Guard intends to finalize this one section of the interim rule.
2011-06-15Proposed RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNotice of Inquiry; Solicitation of Views on Proposal of the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China for Adjustment of the Amount for the FMC Optional Bond RiderThe Federal Maritime Commission (``FMC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing this Notice of Inquiry (``NOI'') to solicit public comment on the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China's proposal to the Commission to amend the financial...2011-14860"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-15/pdf/2011-14860.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/06/15/2011-14860/notice-of-inquiry-solicitation-of-views-on-proposal-of-the-ministry-of-transport-of-the-peoplesThe Federal Maritime Commission (``FMC'' or ``Commission'') is issuing this Notice of Inquiry (``NOI'') to solicit public comment on the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China's proposal to the Commission to amend the financial responsibility requirements of regulations set forth in Appendix E to subpart C of part 515--Optional Rider for Additional NVOCC Financial Responsibility (Optional Rider to Form FMC 48) [Form 48A] (China Bond Rider).
2011-06-06RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentLimited Service Domestic Voyage Load Lines for River Barges on Lake MichiganThe Coast Guard is amending the special load line exemption regime for certain river barges operating on Lake Michigan, as established in the final rule published on November 18, 2010. Specifically, the weather restrictions based on Small Craft...2011-13754"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-06/pdf/2011-13754.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/06/06/2011-13754/limited-service-domestic-voyage-load-lines-for-river-barges-on-lake-michiganThe Coast Guard is amending the special load line exemption regime for certain river barges operating on Lake Michigan, as established in the final rule published on November 18, 2010. Specifically, the weather restrictions based on Small Craft Advisory conditions are being replaced with the original weather restrictions implemented in 2002 by an interim rule.
2011-05-06RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionReexamination of Roaming Obligations of Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers and Other Providers of Mobile Data ServicesIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopts a rule that requires facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and...2011-10223"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-06/pdf/2011-10223.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/05/06/2011-10223/reexamination-of-roaming-obligations-of-commercial-mobile-radio-service-providers-and-otherIn this document, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopts a rule that requires facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer data roaming arrangements to other such providers on commercially reasonable terms and conditions, subject to certain limitations, thereby advancing the Commission's goal of ensuring that all Americans have access to competitive broadband mobile data services.
2011-05-02RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommission's Rules of Practice, Procedure, and OrganizationIn this document, the Commission revises certain procedural and organizational rules. The rule revisions fall into three general categories. First, the Commission adopts several docket management measures, such as broadening the use of docketed...2011-10356"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-02/pdf/2011-10356.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/05/02/2011-10356/commissions-rules-of-practice-procedure-and-organizationIn this document, the Commission revises certain procedural and organizational rules. The rule revisions fall into three general categories. First, the Commission adopts several docket management measures, such as broadening the use of docketed proceedings; expanding the requirement for electronic filing (and reducing the scope of the obligation to file paper copies); and permitting staff in certain circumstances to notify parties electronically of docket filings and to close inactive dockets. Second, the Commission revises rules regarding the reconsideration of agency decisions, delegating authority to the staff to dismiss or deny defective or repetitive petitions for reconsideration of Commission decisions, and amending the rule that authorizes the Commission to reconsider a decision on its own motion within 30 days to make clear that the Commission may modify a decision (not merely set it aside or vacate it). Finally, the Commission implements changes to miscellaneous regulations. In order to make its processes more uniform and understandable, the Commission sets a default effective date for FCC rules in the event the Commission does not specify an effective date in a rulemaking order and revises its computation of time rule to adopt the ``next business day'' approach when a Commission rule or order specifies that Commission action shall occur on a day when the agency is not open for business. To eliminate confusion, these rule amendments clarify when the Commission's Headquarters and other offices will be considered to be open for business; and corrects typographical errors in two debt collection rules. The Commission also makes a number of minor rules changes regarding requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in order to correct errors or omissions that have been noted following the agency's last amendment of these rules in 2008. Overall, these revisions are intended to increase the efficiency of Commission decision-making, modernize Commission procedures for the digital age, and enhance the openness and transparency of Commission proceedings for practitioners and the public.
2011-05-02RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommission's Ex Parte Rules and Other Procedural RulesIn this document the Commission revises certain ex parte and organizational rules. This document amends and reforms the Commission's rules on ex parte presentations made in the course of Commission rulemakings and other permit-but-disclose proceedings....2011-10353"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-02/pdf/2011-10353.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/05/02/2011-10353/commissions-ex-parte-rules-and-other-procedural-rulesIn this document the Commission revises certain ex parte and organizational rules. This document amends and reforms the Commission's rules on ex parte presentations made in the course of Commission rulemakings and other permit-but-disclose proceedings. It also adopts a new rule requiring all oral ex parte communications to be documented, and their contents described. This reform should enable those participating in our proceedings as well as those observing them to better identify and understand the issues being debated before the Commission. New electronic filing rules will empower anyone using the Internet to access this information, and stronger enforcement provisions will bolster these new requirements. Given the complexity of the issues we must decide and the far-reaching impact our decisions often have, we believe these initiatives to increase transparency serve the best interests of the Commission, the entities we regulate, and the public we serve.
2011-05-02Proposed RuleFEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONFederal Communications CommissionCommission's Ex Parte Rules and Other Procedural RulesIn this document the Commission seeks comment on amending the rules to require that notices of ex parte discussions disclose real parties-in-interest. The change was proposed because the existing rules do not enable interested parties to know whose...2011-10352"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-02/pdf/2011-10352.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/05/02/2011-10352/commissions-ex-parte-rules-and-other-procedural-rulesIn this document the Commission seeks comment on amending the rules to require that notices of ex parte discussions disclose real parties-in-interest. The change was proposed because the existing rules do not enable interested parties to know whose interests are being represented when a contact is made. By requiring the disclosure of this information the proposed amendment would increase transparency and openness in Commission proceedings. The FNPRM was adopted in conjunction with a Report and Order amending the ex parte rules, which is published elsewhere in this Federal Register.
2011-04-08RuleFEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSIONFederal Maritime CommissionNon-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Negotiated Rate Arrangements; CorrectionThe Federal Maritime Commission is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 2, 2011, exempting licensed non-vessel-operating common carriers that enter into negotiated rate arrangements from the tariff rate publication...2011-8467"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-08/pdf/2011-8467.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/04/08/2011-8467/non-vessel-operating-common-carrier-negotiated-rate-arrangements-correctionThe Federal Maritime Commission is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 2, 2011, exempting licensed non-vessel-operating common carriers that enter into negotiated rate arrangements from the tariff rate publication requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984. This correction clarifies that the negotiated rate arrangement must be agreed to prior to receipt of the cargo and removes the requirement that non-vessel-operating common carriers indicate their intention to move cargo under negotiated rate arrangements on their Form FMC-1 on file with the Commission.
2011-04-07RuleDEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITYHomeland Security DepartmentPassenger Weight and Inspected Vessel Stability RequirementsOn December 14, 2010, the Coast Guard amended its regulations governing the maximum weight and number of passengers that may safely be permitted on board a vessel and other stability regulations, including increasing the Assumed Average Weight per...2011-8119"https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-07/pdf/2011-8119.pdfhttps://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/04/07/2011-8119/passenger-weight-and-inspected-vessel-stability-requirementsOn December 14, 2010, the Coast Guard amended its regulations governing the maximum weight and number of passengers that may safely be permitted on board a vessel and other stability regulations, including increasing the Assumed Average Weight per Person (AAWPP) to 185 lb. The amendment triggered new information collection requirements affecting documentation needed from certain inspected vessels as part of the Coast Guard commercial vessel safety program. This document announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved changes to the collections of information with control numbers 1625- 0057 and 1625-0064, which will now be enforced.
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