Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/23/2015: Information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget – Shipping articles and official logbook

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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the approval of a revision to the collection of information for shipping articles and official logbooks.

Shipping articles

This collection provides verification, identification, location and employment information of U.S. merchant mariners to the following: (1) Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for use in criminal or civil law enforcement purpose, (2) shipping companies, (3) labor unions, (4) seaman’s authorized representatives, (5) seaman’s next of kin, (6) whenever the disclosure of such information would be in the best interest of the seaman or his/her family.

The Coast Guard needs comments from shipping companies.

Official logbook

Applicable merchant vessels are required to maintain an official logbook. The logbook contains information about the vessel, voyage, crew and watch. Lack of these particulars would make it difficult for a seaman to certify vessel employment and wages, and for the Coast Guard to verify compliance with laws and regulations concerning vessel operations and safety procedures. The official logbook serves as an official record of recordable events transpiring at sea such as births, deaths, marriages, disciplinary actions, etc. Absent the logbook, there would be no official civil record of these events. The courts accept log entries as proof that the logged event occurred.

If this information was not collected, the Coast Guard’s Commercial Vessel Safety Program would be negatively impacted, as there would be no official record of U.S. merchant vessel voyages. Similarly, those seeking to prove that an event required to be logged occurred would not have an official record available.

The Coast Guard needs comments from shipping companies.

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, for both collections, must be submitted on or before May 22, 2015.

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