Commercial Vessel Compliance

8/28/2015: Collection of information under review by Office of Management and Budget – Shipping articles and official logbooks

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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the revision of a currently approved collection for shipping articles and official logbooks.

The Coast Guard needs comments from shipping companies. This collection of information establishes a contract between shipping companies and the crew members prior to the beginning of a voyage as required by law. It also provides the Coast Guard with an official vessels activity file as well as a complete listing of the seaman employed during the voyage; names, wages, next of kin, time aboard, DOB, capacities and credential numbers.

Official logbooks identify particulars of the voyage of a vessel, including the vessel’s name, official number, port of registry, tonnage, name of the master and crew, nature of the voyage, vessel’s draft, drills and inspections and maintenance of water tight integrity. Logbooks are used by the Coast Guard and shipping companies.

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 September 28, 2015.

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