The Coast Guard is reopening the comment period on the draft Alternate Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines. The available draft is the same as that which was made available for comment in May 2016. The APC Guidelines would provide the maritime industry with updated information on the development and submission of an APC request made pursuant to existing regulations. In addition to providing guidance to vessel owners and operators on developing APC requests, the APC Guidelines would also facilitate consistency in the review of APC requests by Coast Guard personnel.
The Coast Guard is temporarily suspending the promulgation of the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines in order to re-open the public comment period for an additional 90 days. Existing APCs and related ACP acceptance policy will remain in effect over the course of this comment period. Existing APCs will be renewed such that the maritime industry is afforded an adequate and reasonable period of time to comply with the new policy, once released.
The Coast Guard announced a public meeting that will be used as an opportunity to discuss Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) as they relate to oil spill preparedness pursuant to vessel response plan requirements.
The Coast Guard seeks comment on a draft update to the Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) National Guidelines.
8/27/2015: Organizational modification of the vessel and facility response plan programs – MSIB published
The Coast Guard announced the transfer of the Vessel Response Plan and Facility Response Plan programs from the Offices of Commercial Vessel Compliance and Port and Facility Compliance to the Office of Marine Environmental Response.