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Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard was established by act of January 28, 1915 (14 U.S.C. 1) and became a component of the Department of Transportation on April 1, 1967, pursuant to the Department of Transportation Act of October 15, 1966. Following the enactment of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, The Coast Guard was transferred from Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003 (116 Stat. 2135).

The Coast Guard protects the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests in the Nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region, as required, to support national security. Among its duties are: search and rescue operations in and over the high seas and navigable waters, maritime law enforcement, marine inspection and licensing, pilotage of the Great Lakes, protection of the marine environment by enforcing the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, ensuring the safety and security of ports and anchorages, maintaining the management of waterways, providing navigational aids, and regulating the construction, maintenance and operation of bridges and causeways across navigable waters.

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  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)-Reader Requirements

    The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule to require owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) as an access control measure. This final rule also implements recordkeeping requirements and security plan amendments...

  • Commercial Fishing Vessels-Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation

    The Coast Guard is extending, for 90 days, the period for submitting public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The extension responds to a request made by the public.

  • Inspection of Towing Vessels

    The Coast Guard is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 20, 2016 (81 FR 40004). The document issued safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels. In that document there are errors in three regulations that refer to the date July 20, 2016. This rule...

  • Inspection of Towing Vessels

    The Coast Guard announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the collection of information described in the Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published on June 20, 2016. In that rule, which establishes safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems of towing vessels, we stated...

  • Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels

    The Coast Guard announces the withdrawal of this regulatory project, which involved possible amendments to Coast Guard regulations affecting uninspected United States commercial fishing, fish processing, and fish tender vessels. The possible amendments involved vessel stability and watertight integrity, risk awareness and minimization, personnel...

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  • Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Long Creek, Hempstead, NY

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Loop Parkway Bridge across Long Creek, mile 0.7, at Hempstead, New York. This action is necessary in order to facilitate an annual fireworks display. The deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position for approximately two and one half hours.

  • Safety Zone; Nights in Venice Fireworks, Beach Thorofare, Ocean City, NJ

    The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone on the waters of Beach Thorofare in Ocean City, NJ on July 22, 2017. The safety zone will restrict vessel traffic from operating on a portion of Beach Thorofare while a fireworks event is taking place. This safety zone is necessary to protect the public, spectators and vessels from the hazards...

  • Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

    The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee working group will meet via teleconference to work on Task Statement 98, review of the progress made by the military services towards meeting the goals on the use of Military Education, Training, and Assessment for STCW and National Mariner Endorsements as identified in the Howard Coble Coast...

  • Safety Zone, Delaware River; Pipe-Removal

    The Coast Guard is proposing to establish temporary safety zones in portions of Billingsport Range, on the Delaware River, to facilitate the removal of existing pipelines along the river bed of the Federal Navigation Channel. The safety zones would be established for the waters of Billingsport Range, on the Delaware River, in the vicinity of...

  • Safety Zone; Danvers River, Beverly, MA

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters within a 300-yard radius of the swing span portion of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)/AMTRAK Bridge, at mile 0.05 on the Danvers River, between Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels and the...

  • Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the TUG INDEPENDENCE

    The Coast Guard announces that a Certificate of Alternative Compliance (COAC) was issued for the TUG INDEPENDENCE. We are issuing this notice because its publication is required by statute.

  • Special Local Regulation; Zimovia Strait, Wrangell, AK

    The Coast Guard proposes to establish a temporary special local regulation to enable vessel movement restrictions for certain waters of the Zimovia Strait. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters near Wrangell Harbor during power boat races on July 4, 2017. This regulation would prohibit persons and...

  • Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

    The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee working group will meet via teleconference to work on Task Statement 96, review and comment on course and program approval requirements and NVIC 03-14 guidelines for approval of training courses and programs, to complete the discussions from its March 22-23 and May 16, 2017 meetings. The...

  • Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Thames River, New London, CT

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Amtrak Bridge across Thames River, mile 3.0, at New London, CT. This action is necessary to complete installation of an emergency generator. This deviation allows the bridge to require a two hour advance notice for openings during nighttime hours.

  • Safety Zones; Annual Fireworks Displays Within the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone

    The Coast Guard is establishing safety zones at various locations in the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port zone. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters during fireworks displays. This regulation prohibits persons and vessels from being in the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of...