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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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  • Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities

    The Coast Guard is issuing a final rule requiring each owner or operator of a maritime facility regulated by the Coast Guard to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of seamen's welfare and labor organizations access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate, in a timely manner and at no cost to...

  • Security Zones; Dignitary Arrival/Departure and United Nations Meeting, New York, NY

    The Coast Guard is modifying the Marine Air Terminal, LaGuardia Airport Security Zone to expand the existing security zone boundary north along the Rikers Island Bridge to the intersecting point on the southern tip of Rikers Island then east to the western end of LaGuardia Airport. This expanded security zone is necessary to protect the port,...

  • Marine Transportation-Related Facility Response Plans for Hazardous Substances

    The Coast Guard is withdrawing its notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Marine Transportation-Related Facility Response Plans for Hazardous Substances'' that we published on March 31, 2000. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this rulemaking based on findings that the proposed rules are no longer appropriate to the current state of spill response...

  • Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances

    The Coast Guard is withdrawing its notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances'' that we published on March 22, 1999. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this rulemaking based on findings that the proposed rules are no longer appropriate to the current state of spill response in the chemical industry.

  • Outer Continental Shelf Activities

    The Coast Guard is withdrawing the proposed rule entitled ``Outer Continental Shelf Activities'' that we published on December 7, 1999. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this proposed rule due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete.

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  • Port Access Route Study: The Pacific Coast From Washington to California

    The Coast Guard is conducting a Port Access Route Study (PARS) to evaluate safe access routes for the movement of vessel traffic proceeding to or from ports or places along the western seaboard of the United States and to determine whether a Shipping Safety Fairway (``Fairway'') and/or routing measures should be established, adjusted or...

  • Safety Zone; Coast Guard Exercise Area, Hood Canal, Washington

    The Coast Guard will enforce regulations for safety zones surrounding vessels involved in Coast Guard training exercises in Hood Canal, WA, from August 1, 2021, through August 14, 2021. This enforcement is necessary to ensure the safety of the maritime public and vessels near these training exercises. During the enforcement period, entry into...

  • Safety Zone; Port Huron Float Down, St. Clair River, Port Huron, MI

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters of the St. Clair River in the vicinity of Port Huron, MI. This zone is intended to restrict and control movement of vessels in a portion of the St. Clair River. Though this is an unsanctioned, non-permitted marine event, this zone is necessary to provide for the safety...

  • Safety Zone; Maumee River; Toledo, OH

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for navigable waters on the Maumee River near Promenade Park in Toledo, OH. The safety zone is necessary to protect spectators, personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by the Promedica Health System Fireworks event. Entry of vessels or persons into this...

  • Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Indiana Harbor Canal, East Chicago, IN

    The Coast Guard proposes to modify the operating schedule that governs the Indianapolis Boulevard Bridge, mile 2.59, over the Indiana Harbor Canal at East Chicago, IN. Indiana Department of Transportation, the owner and operator of the bridge, has requested to stop continual drawtender service to the bridge due to a lack of openings. We invite...

  • Safety Zone; Monongahela River Mile 96.0 to Mile 97.0, Maidsville, WV

    The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone for mile 96.0 to mile 97.0 of the Monongahela River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of the life on these navigable water near Maidsville, WV during a pipe and diffuser underwater installation from August 23, 2021 through August 25, 2021. This proposed...

  • Information Collection Request to Office of Management and Budget; OMB Control Number: 1625-NEW

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to submit an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting approval for the following collection of information: 1625-NEW, State Registration Data. Our ICR...

  • Security Zone, Christina River, Newport, DE

    The Coast Guard is establishing a security zone for certain waters of the Christina River to prevent waterside threats and incidents for persons under the protection of the United States Secret Service (USSS) as they transit by vehicle on the route 141 bridge over the Christina River near Newport, Delaware. The security zone will be enforced...

  • Safety Zone; M/V ZHEN HUA 24, Crane Delivery Operation, Chesapeake Bay and Patapsco River, Baltimore, MD

    The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a temporary safety zone for certain waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Patapsco River. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on these navigable waters during the movement of the M/V ZHEN HUA 24 while it is transporting four new Super-Post Panamax container cranes to the Port of...

  • Special Local Regulation; Tennessee River Miles 648 to 650; Knoxville, TN

    The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary special local regulation on the Tennessee River from MM 648 to 650 on August 1, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. This special local regulation is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created during the high speed races associated with the K-Town on the...