Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/17/2015: 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:

Vessel inspection related forms and reporting requirements under Title 46 U.S.C.
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners, operators, agents and masters of vessels. This collection of information requires owners, operators, agents or masters of certain inspected vessels to obtain and/or post various forms as part of the Coast Guard’s Commercial Vessel safety Program.

Ports and waterways safety – Title 33 CFR Subchapter P
The Coast Guard needs comments from masters, owners or agents of vessels. The collection of information allows the master, owner, or agent of a vessel affected by these rules to request deviation from the navigation safety equipment requirements to the extent that there is no reduction in safety.

Outer Continental Shelf activities
The Coast Guard needs comments from operators of facilities and vessel engaged in activities on the OCS. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, as amended, authorizes the Coast Guard to promulgate and enforce regulations promoting the safety of life and property on OCS facilities. Title 33 Subchapter N promulgates the regulations. The information is needed to ensure compliance with the safety regulations related to OCS activities.

Alternate Compliance Program
The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and operators of U.S. flag inspected vessels. This information is used by the Coast Guard to assess vessels participating in the voluntary Alternate Compliance Program, or ACP, before issuance of a Certificate of Inspection.

Crewmember identification documents
The Coast Guard needs comments from crewmembers and operators of certain vessels. This information collection covers requirements that crewmembers on vessels calling at U.S. ports must carry and present on demand an identification that allows the identity of crewmembers to be authoritatively validated.

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.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

Comments must reach the Coast Guard on or before May 18, 2015.

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