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Seaway Regulations and Rules: Stern Anchors and Navigation Underway

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AGENCY:

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by making requirement for stern anchors applicable to large tug and barge combinations and by adding new requirements for manning of the wheelhouse for vessels underway.

DATES:

This rule is effective on July 21, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marc C. Owen, Chief Counsel,Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-6823.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published on May 13,2003 (68 FR 25546). Interested parties have been afforded an opportunity to comment. No comments were received. The amendments are described in the following summary.

Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by making requirement for stern anchors applicable to new tug and barge combinations. Some tug and barge combinations that transit the Seaway carry dangerous or hazardous cargo and are just as large, 110 meters or more in combination, as the commercial vessels to which the requirement now applies. Accordingly, the SLSDC is making the requirement that a vessel be equipped with a stern anchor also applicable to these large tug and barge combinations. This will provide increased safety through greater control. Specifically, § 401.15, “Stern anchors”, is amended by adding a new subsection to read, “Every integrated tug and barge or articulated tug and barge unit greater than 110m in overall length which is constructed after January 1, 2003, shall be equipped with a stern anchor.”

In addition, the SLSDC is amending the manning requirements for navigation underway to ensure greater safety for all vessels, which includes tugs and tug and barge combinations as well. The rule already requires adequate manning and operation of the propulsion machinery. Inadequate manning of the wheelhouse during mooring and other essential duties also poses serious environmental and safety risks. Accordingly, § 401.35, “Navigation underway”, is amended by adding two new subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows: “(c) man the wheelhouse of the vessel at all times by either the master or certified deck officer and by another qualified crewmember and (d) have sufficient well rested crewmembers available for mooring operations and other essential duties.”

Regulatory Evaluation

This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and therefore Executive Order 12866 does not apply and evaluation under the Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies and Procedures is not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation certifies that this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules primarily relate to commercial users of the Seaway, the vast majority of whom are foreign vessel operators. Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels.

Environmental Impact

This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et reg.) because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of human environment.

Federalism

The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and has determined that this proposal does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment.

Unfunded Mandates

The Corporation has analyzed this rule under title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48) and determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written statement of economic and regulatory alternatives.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review.

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Accordingly, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is amending

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PART 401—SEAWAY REGULATIONS AND RULES

Subpart A—[Amended]

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1. The authority citation for subpart A of part 401 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 983(a) and 984(a)(4), as amended; 49 CFR 1.52, unless otherwise noted.

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2. § 401.15 is revised to read as follows:

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Stern anchors.

(a) Every ship of more than 110m in overall length, the keel of which is laid after January 1, 1975, shall be equipped with a stern anchor.

(b) Every integrated tug and barge or articulated tug and barge unit greater than 110m in overall length which is constructed after January 1, 2003, shall be equipped with a stern anchor.

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3. § 401.35 is amended by: removing the word “and” after the semicolon in paragraph (a); removing the period after paragraph (b) and replacing it with a semicolon; and adding two new paragraphs (c) and (d) to read as follows:

Navigation underway.
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(c) Man the wheelhouse of the vessel at all times by either the master or certified deck officer and by another qualified crewmember; and

(d) Have sufficient well rested crewmembers available for mooring operations and other essential duties.

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Issued at Washington, DC on June 16, 2003.

Albert S. Jacquez,

Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

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[FR Doc. 03-15537 Filed 6-18-03; 8:45 am]

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