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3/16/2018: Summary of latest Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee meeting

Photo of CTAC members at latest meeting

Submitted by Lt. Jake Lobb,
Office of Design & Engineering Standards, Hazardous Materials Division (CG-ENG-5)

The Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee held its Spring subcommittee and public meetings March 6-8, 2018, at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. Over 40 industry personnel attended the meeting, along with representatives from Coast Guard Headquarters Hazardous Materials Division and the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, and Sector Houston-Galveston marine inspectors.

Public subcommittee meetings were held March 6-7, culminating in the full committee meeting March 8. Activity subcommittees include: security, liquefied gas, hazardous substance response plan, and regulatory reform. At the conclusion of the subcommittee meetings, each subcommittee drafted a final report that summarized their current work. The final recommendations were voted upon during the full committee meeting.

Security: In February 2018, it was decided that the tasking given to the Security subcommittee of CTAC should be transferred to the National Maritime Security Advisory Subcommittee (NMSAC). The Security subcommittee drafted a final report that summarized completed tasking and provided recommendations and a path forward for NMSAC. The final recommendation was accepted by CTAC and the committee voted to close the subcommittee.

Liquefied Gas: The liquefied gas subcommittee completed two task items with formal recommendations being presented at the full committee meeting. The first item was the development of a comparison matrix of the various LNG tank containment systems, which provided a gap analysis of IGF, IGC and 46 CFR 154. The second item was a recommendation for remote control and monitoring systems for liquefied gas barges. Both items were accepted as formal recommendations by the full committee. Additionally, the full committee accepted a newly developed task statement for the subcommittee, in which the Coast Guard is seeking a recommendation that helps with the planned incorporation of the 2016 IGC Code into 46 CFR 154.

Hazardous Substances Response Plans: As part of Oil Pollution Act of 1990, Congress mandated that the Coast Guard develop a response plan for facilities and vessels for hazardous substance spills. The subcommittee developed an extensive response plan that was expected to add economic burden to the industry. Given the current climate of regulatory reform, and that no significant spill of hazardous substance has occurred, the subcommittee ultimately recommended that the Coast Guard petition Congress to remove this mandate as part of regulatory reform. The full committee accepted this final recommendation and voted affirmatively to close the subcommittee.

Regulatory Reform: In response to Executive Orders 13771 and 13783, CTAC formed the regulatory reform subcommittee. Tasked with reviewing all CFRs within the committee’s areas of expertise, the subcommittee compiled an extensive list of cost saving recommendations. The full committee accepted this recommendation and voted affirmatively to close the subcommittee. The Coast Guard has since taken this recommendation and submitted it the Regulatory Reform Task Force.

Vapor Control Systems: This subcommittee completed a final recommendation that provides certifying entities under 33 CFR 154 Subpart P with implementation guidelines. This product was completed in October 2017. The committee voted affirmatively to close this subcommittee.

Visit CTAC’s website for more information.

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