Coast Guard issues notice of proposed rulemaking to delay TWIC reader rule

Coast Guard issues notice of proposed rulemaking to delay TWIC reader rule
WASHINGTON –The Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register Friday to delay the effective date for certain facilities affected by the final rule entitled “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements,” which was published in the Federal Register Aug. 23, 2016. The Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date for the...

Coast Guard closes comment period for proposed Hudson River anchorages

Coast Guard closes comment period for proposed Hudson River anchorages
NEW YORK – The comment period on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) titled “Anchorage Grounds, Hudson River; Yonkers, NY, to Kingston, NY, (81 FR 37168)” concluded Dec. 6, 2016. The Coast Guard is considering establishing new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River from Yonkers to Kingston, New York, to serve as safe resting points for commercial vessel crews transiting the...

Notice of proposed rulemaking by U.S. Coast Guard focuses on seafarers’ access to maritime facilities

Notice of proposed rulemaking by U.S. Coast Guard focuses on seafarers' access to maritime facilities
WASHINGTON — The Federal Register Monday published a notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Coast Guard to implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281). This proposed rule would provide clear regulatory requirements for each facility owner or operator to provide seafarers associated with a vessel moored at the facility, and other individuals, access between...

Coast Guard proposes management system for vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities

Coast Guard proposes management system for vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities  to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system. The safety and environmental management system incorporates the management program and principles...

Coast Guard announces notice of proposed rulemaking for personal flotation device type codes

Coast Guard announces notice of proposed rulemaking for personal flotation device type codes
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking 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 general public. The current PFD type code classification system is planned...

Coast Guard announces notice of proposed rulemaking for TWIC reader requirements

WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday the Federal Register’s publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – Reader Requirements.” This NPRM proposes to establish electronic card reader requirements for certain Coast Guard-regulated vessels and facilities to use in controlling access to secure...

Coast Guard announces notice of proposed rulemaking for the Hood Canal floating drawbridge

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking for the Hood Canal floating drawbridge near Port Gamble, Wash. The NPRM proposes to modify the drawbridge operating regulation for the Hood Canal floating drawbridge near Port Gamble. This modification would relieve heavy rush hour road traffic on State Routes 3 and 104,...

Coast Guard publishes notice of proposed rulemaking for inspection of towing vessels

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to improve safety on towing vessels. The NPRM provides a layered approach to towing vessel safety that includes the option of an audited safety management system or an annual Coast Guard inspection regime.  The NPRM also includes procedures for obtaining...