Commercial Vessel Compliance

11/19/2015: Collection of information under review by Office of Management and Budget – Certificates of financial responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the approval of a revision to a currently approved collection the requirements for certificates of financial responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

The information collection is to provide evidence of a respondent’s ability to pay for removal costs and damages associated with discharges or substantial threats of discharges of hazardous material or oil into the navigable waters, adjoining shorelines or the exclusive economic zone of the United States. The requirements areimposed generally on operators and financial guarantors of vessels over 300 gross tons.

The Coast Guard seeks comment from vessel operators and approved insurers.

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 December 21, 2015.

For more information, please view the entire Federal Register notice.

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