Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
* Monday, October 24, 2011, in St. Louis, MO, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.;
* Wednesday, October 26, 2011, in New Orleans, LA, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.;
* Wednesday, November 16, 2011, in Seattle, WA, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Written comments and related material may also be submitted to Coast Guard personnel specified at those meetings for inclusion in the official docket for this rulemaking. The comment period for the NPRM closes on December 9, 2011. All comments and related material submitted after the meeting must either be submitted to our online docket via
* Monday, October 24, 2011--Crowne Plaza (Downtown), 200 N. Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.
* Wednesday, October 26, 2011--Crowne Plaza (New Orleans-Airport), 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70062.
* Wednesday, November 16, 2011--Hotel 1000, 1000 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
As long as they are received by December 9, 2011, you may submit written comments identified by docket
The Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (CGMTA 2004), Public Law 108-293, 118 Stat. 1028, (Aug. 9, 2004), established new authorities for towing vessels, including Section 415, which added towing vessels, as defined in section 2101 of title 46, United States Code (U.S.C.), as a class of vessels that are subject to safety inspections under chapter 33 of that title (
In the NPRM published on August 11, 2011, the Coast Guard proposes to establish safety regulations governing the inspection of, and standards and safety management systems for, 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. 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.
Without making a specific proposal in the NPRM, 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.
You may view the NPRM in our online docket (document number USCG-2006-24412-0001), in addition to supporting documents prepared by the Coast Guard (including the Preliminary Regulatory Analysis and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, document number USCG-2006-24412-0002), other supplemental material, and comments submitted thus far by going to
We encourage you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting comments either orally at the meeting or in writing. If you bring written comments to the meeting, you may submit them to Coast Guard personnel specified at the meeting to receive written comments. These comments will be submitted to our online public docket. All comments received will be posted without change to
Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008 issue of the
For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the public meetings, contact Michael Harmon at the telephone number or e-mail address indicated under the
As stated in the
• Tuesday, October 18, 2011—Point Plaza Suites at City Center, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.
• Monday, October 24, 2011—Crowne Plaza (Downtown), 200 N. Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102.
• Wednesday, October 26, 2011—Crowne Plaza (New Orleans-Airport), 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70062.
• Wednesday, November 16, 2011—Hotel 1000, 1000 First Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104.
Live Webcasts (audio and video) of the four public meetings will also be broadcast online. The Web site for viewing those Webcasts can be found at
We plan to make an audio recording of the meetings available through a link in our online docket. We also plan to provide a written summary of oral comments presented at the meetings and will place those summaries in the docket.