Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/9/2015: Collection of information under review by the Office of Management and Budget

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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the approval of a revision to the following collections of information:

Plan approval and records for load lines – Title 46 CFR Subchapter E
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and operators of vessels. This collection is required to ensure that certain vessels are not loaded deeper than appropriate for safety. Vessels over 150 gross tons or 79 feet in length engaged in commerce on international or coastwise voyages by sea are required to obtain a Load Line Certificate.

Ships carrying bulk hazardous liquids
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and operators of chemical tank vessels. This information is needed to ensure the safe transport of bulk hazardous liquids on chemical tank vessels and to protect the environment from pollution.

Report of oil or hazardous substance discharge and report of suspicious maritime activity
The Coast Guard needs comments from persons-in-charge of a vessel or onshore/offshore facility, owners and operators of vessels or facilities required to have security plans and the public. Any discharge of oil or a hazardous substance must be reported to the National Response Center, or NRC, so that the pre-designated on-scene coordinator can be informed and appropriate spill mitigation action carried out. The NRC also receives suspicious activity reports from the public and disseminates the information to the appropriate entities.

Plan approval and records for marine engineering systems – Title 46 CFR Subchapter F
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and builders of commercial vessels. This collection of information requires an owner or builder of a commercial vessel to submit to the U.S. Coast Guard for review and approval, plans pertaining to marine engineering systems to ensure that the vessel will meet regulatory standards.

Periodic gauging and engineering analysis for certain tank vessels over 30 years old
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and operators of certain tank vessels. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 required the issuance of regulations related to the structural integrity of tank vessels, including periodic gauging of the plating thickness of tank vessels over 30 years old. This collection of information is used to verify the structural integrity of older tank vessels.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing:

(1) The practical utility of the Collections;
(2) The accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collections;
(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collections;
(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the Collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

All comments and related material must be submitted on or before April 8, 2015.

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