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Safety Zone; Northstar Dock, Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

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Coast Guard, DOT.


Temporary final rule.


The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary 200-yard radius safety zone in the navigable waters around the Northstar dock, Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The Crowley Marine Services' Barge 400 will be offloading modules that are part of the buildings to be set on Seal Island. This safety zone is implemented to ensure the safe and timely arrival, and offloading of the Barge 400.


This temporary final rule is effective from 12:01 am August 1, 2000, until 11:59 pm September 30, 2000.

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Lieutenant Commander Rick Rodriguez, Chief of Port Operations, USCG Marine Safety Office, Anchorage, at (907) 271-6724.

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Regulatory Information

A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this regulation was not published. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing an NPRM. Publishing an NPRM and delaying the effective date would be contrary to national safety interests since immediate action is needed to minimize potential danger to the public. Due to the unpredictable edge of the ice cap in the Arctic Ocean, it was difficult to predict when vessel traffic would be able to transit safely, and therefore publishing the NPRM in a timely manner was not feasible. The Barge 400 will be offloading a large module and other equipment onto Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Vessels or personnel not engaged in the offloading operation and operating within the 200-yard radius may place themselves at risk of injury. The event is scheduled for August 1, 2000 and the permit request was only recently received.

Background and Purpose

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary 200-yard radius safety zone on the navigable waters of the United States around the Northstar Dock, Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The Crowley Barge Barge 400 will moor at the dock and offload the module and associated equipment. The safety zone is designed to permit the safe and timely offloading of this vessel in the timeframe in which this can be safely done. The safety zone's 200-yard standoff also aids the safety of these evolutions by minimizing conflicts and hazards that might otherwise occur with other transiting vessels. The limited size of the zone is designed to minimize impact on other mariners transiting through the area.

Regulatory Evaluation

This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and does not require an assessment of potential cost and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that order. It has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under that order. It is not significant under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Transportation (DOT) (44 FR 11040; February 26, 1979). The Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this proposal to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Coast Guard considers whether this rule will have significant economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities. “Small entities” include small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations less than 50,000. Because this safety zone is very small, will only be in effect for two months, and does not impede access to other maritime facilities in the area, the Coast Guard believes there will be no impact to small entities. Therefore, the Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Assistance for Small Entities

In accordance with Sec. 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), the Coast Guard wants to assist small entities in understanding this rule so Start Printed Page 54153that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If your small business or organization is affected by this rule and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the office listed in ADDRESSES in this preamble.

Collection of Information

This rule does not provide for a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).


The Coast Guard has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13132 and has determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism under that Order.


The Coast Guard considered the environmental impact of this rule and concluded that, under Figure 2-1, paragraph 34(g) of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, this rule is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation because it establishes a safety zone.

Unfunded Mandates

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) and Executive Order 12875, Enhancing the Intergovernmental Partnership, (58 FR 58093; October 28, 1993) govern the issuance of Federal regulations that require unfunded mandates. An unfunded mandate is a regulation that requires a State, local, or tribal government or the private sector to incur direct costs without the Federal Government's having first provided the funds to pay those costs. This rule will not impose an unfunded mandate.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

  • Harbors
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Security measures
  • Waterways
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Temporary Final Regulation

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR Part 165 as follows:

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1. The authority citation for Part 165 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; 49 CFR 1.46.

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2. Section 165.T17-00-011 is temporarily added to read as follows:

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Safety Zone; Northstar, Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

(a) Description. The following area is a Safety Zone: All navigable waters within a 200-yard radius of the Northstar Dock, Seal Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

(b) Effective dates. This section is effective from 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2000, until 11:59 p.m. September 30, 2000.

(c) Regulations.

(1) The Captain of the Port means the Captain of the Port, Western Alaska. The Captain of the Port may authorize or designate any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer to act on his behalf as his representative.

(2) The general regulations governing safety zones contained in 33 CFR, Part 165.23 apply. No person or vessel may enter, transit through, anchor or remain in this safety zone, with the exception of attending vessels, without first obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, or his representative.

The Captain of the Port or his representative may be contacted in the vicinity of the BARGE 400 via marine VHF channel 16. The Captain of the Port's representative can also be contacted by telephone at (907) 271-6700.

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Dated: July 31, 2000.

W.J. Hutmacher,

Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Western Alaska.

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[FR Doc. 00-22846 Filed 9-6-00; 8:45 am]