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Note: The below post has been updated to reflect the updated Federal Register notice regarding the updated comment period end date.
The Coast Guard published a notice reopening the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities,” which published in the Federal Register on Dec. 29, 2014.
The notice proposed to require each owner or operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individual.
The original comment period closed on Feb. 27, 2015. Several members of the public have requested additional time to comment on the proposed rule, citing various timing constraints.
In order to provide interested members of the public an additional opportunity to submit comments, the Coast Guard is reopening the public comment period for 60 days. The Coast Guard is particularly interested in comments on our estimate that there is a 10.3 percent non-compliance rate of facilities with respect to providing seafarers’ access.
In addition to comments on this topic, we will consider all public comments received during the reopened comment period.
To be considered, comments and any related material must be submitted prior to July 27, 2015.
For further details, please view the entire Federal Register notice.
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