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Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Chesapeake Bay

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing special local regulations during the “Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006”, sailboat races to be held on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity east of Gibson Island, Maryland, and near the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Chesapeake Bay) Bridge near Annapolis, Maryland. These special local regulations are necessary to provide for the safety of life on navigable waters during the event. This action is intended to restrict vessel traffic in segments of the Chesapeake Bay during the sailboat races.

DATES:

This rule is effective from April 29, 2006 through May 7 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Comments and material received from the public, as well as documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket CGD05-05-130 and are available for inspection or copying at Commander (oax), Fifth Coast Guard District, 431 Crawford Street, Portsmouth, Virginia 23704-5004, Room 119, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Ron Houck, Project Manager, Marine Information Specialist, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, at (410) 576-2674.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

On December 8, 2005, we published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) entitled Special Local Regulations for Marine Events; Chesapeake Bay in the Federal Register (70 FR 72964). We received no letters commenting on the proposed rule. No public meeting was requested, and none was held.

Background and Purpose

During April and May 2006, Ocean Race Chesapeake, Inc. will host the Chesapeake Bay visit of the “Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006”. Two sailboat racing events are planned during this period to be conducted on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Chesapeake Bay) Bridge near Annapolis, Maryland. The first event will be the “In Port Race” on April 29, 2006 that will take place on the Chesapeake Bay approximately 5 miles east of Gibson Island, Maryland and about 8 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The second event will be the “Leg 6 Re-Start” of the 2005-2006 Volvo Round the World Race, on May 7, 2006 that will take place on the Chesapeake Bay between Thomas Point and Sandy Point, near Annapolis, Maryland.

Both events will consist of approximately eight 70-foot long sailing vessels that will participate in both the “In Port Race” and a carefully organized Start Printed Page 12133“Re-Start” to a highly publicized, international sailing race. The restart will consist of opposing teams that will be maneuvering in a predetermined area within the Chesapeake Channel adjacent to the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial (Chesapeake Bay) Bridge Main Channel Span. A fleet of spectator vessels is anticipated to gather nearby to view the competition for both events. Because of the danger posed by many sailing vessels maneuvering in close proximity of each other during the in port race and at the beginning of the race restart, special local regulations are necessary. For the safety concerns noted and to address the need for vessel control to facilitate a fair and accurate restart, vessel traffic will be temporarily restricted to provide for the safety of participants, spectators and transiting vessels.

Discussion of Comments and Changes

The Coast Guard did not receive comments in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, the Coast Guard is establishing temporary special local regulations on specified waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Regulatory Evaluation

This temporary rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that Order. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under that Order. It is not “significant” under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

We expect the economic impact of this temporary rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory Evaluation under the regulatory policies and procedures of DHS is unnecessary.

Although this special local regulation will prevent traffic from transiting a segment of the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of the William P. Lane Jr. Memorial (Chesapeake Bay) Bridge during the event, the effect of this regulation will not be significant due to the limited duration that the regulated area will be enforced. Extensive advance notifications will be made to the maritime community via Local Notice to Mariners, marine information broadcasts, area newspapers and local radio stations, so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612), we have considered whether this temporary rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000.

The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this temporary rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This rule would affect the following entities, some of which might be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit these sections of the Chesapeake Bay during the events.

This temporary rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons. This rule would be in effect for only a limited period. Although the regulated area will apply to two separate segments of the Chesapeake Bay, traffic may be allowed to pass through the regulated areas with the permission of the Coast Guard Patrol Commander. In the case where the Patrol Commander authorizes passage through a regulated area during an event, vessels shall proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course that minimizes wake near the race course. Although this regulation prevents traffic from transiting the Chesapeake Channel of the Chesapeake Bay during the Restart event, the effect of this regulation will not be significant because of its limited duration. Before the enforcement period, we will issue maritime advisories so mariners can adjust their plans accordingly.

If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

Assistance for Small Entities

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this temporary rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the address listed under ADDRESSES. The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

Collection of Information

This temporary rule would call for no new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520.).

Federalism

A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on State or local governments and would either preempt State law or impose a substantial direct cost of compliance on them. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it does not have implications for federalism.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 or more in any one year. Though this temporary rule would not result in such an expenditure, we do discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

Taking of Private Property

This rule would not effect a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

Civil Justice Reform

This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

Protection of Children

We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and would not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that might disproportionately affect children. Start Printed Page 12134

Indian Tribal Governments

This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it would not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

Energy Effects

We have analyzed this temporary rule under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use. We have determined that it is not a “significant energy action” under that order because it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866 and is not likely to have a significant adverse effect on the supply, distribution, or use of energy. The Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has not designated it as a significant energy action. Therefore, it does not require a Statement of Energy Effects under Executive Order 13211.

Technical Standards

The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note) directs agencies to use voluntary consensus standards in their regulatory activities unless the agency provides Congress, through the Office of Management and Budget, with an explanation of why using these standards would be inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical. Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., specifications of materials, performance, design, or operation; test methods; sampling procedures; and related management systems practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies.

This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

Environment

We have analyzed this temporary rule under Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guides the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have concluded that there are no factors in this case that would limit the use of a categorical exclusion under section 2.B.2 of the Instruction. Therefore, this rule is categorically excluded, under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction, from further environmental documentation. Special local regulations issued in conjunction with a regatta or marine parade permit are specifically excluded from further analysis and documentation under that section.

Under figure 2-1, paragraph (34)(h), of the Instruction, an “Environmental Analysis Check List” and a “Categorical Exclusion Determination” are not required for this rule.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 100

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends

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PART 100—SAFETY OF LIFE ON NAVIGABLE WATERS

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1. The authority citation for part 100 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1233; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

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2. Add a temporary

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Chesapeake Bay, near Annapolis, MD.

(a) Regulated area includes two segments within the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. (1) The first segment for the “In Port Race” is a square-shaped area, four nautical miles long on each side, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude 39°03′08″ N, longitude 076°21′38″ W, thence easterly to a position at latitude 39°03′08″ N, longitude 076°16′32″ W, thence northerly to a position at latitude 39°07′06″ N, longitude 076°16′32″ W, thence westerly to a position at latitude 39°07′06″ N, longitude 076°21′38″ W, thence southerly to a position at latitude 39°03′08″ N, longitude 076°21′38″ W, the point of origin.

(i) There are three designated spectator areas for the first segment. The first spectator area lies northeast of the mouth of the Magothy River, Maryland and is approximately 3000 yards long and 500 yards wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 39°04′05″ N, longitude 076°20′27″ W, thence northeasterly to a position at latitude 39°04′14″ N, longitude 076°20′12″ W, thence northwesterly to a position at latitude 39°05′23″ N, longitude 076°21′25″ W, thence southwesterly to a position at latitude 39°05′13″ N, longitude 076°21′40″ W, thence southeasterly to a position at latitude 39°04′05″ N, longitude 076°20′27″ W, the point of origin.

(ii) The second spectator area lies northwest of the mouth of the Chester River, Maryland and is approximately 2200 yards long and 500 yards wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 39°04′13″ N, longitude 076°17′22″ W, thence northeasterly to a position at latitude 39°05′15″ N, longitude 076°16′32″ W, thence northwesterly to a position at latitude 39°05′23″ N, longitude 076°16′51″ W, thence southwesterly to position at latitude 39°04′28″ N, longitude 076°17′37″ W, thence southeasterly to a position at latitude 39°04′13″ N, longitude 076°17′22″ W, the point of origin.

(iii) The third spectator area lies between Belvidere Shoal and Swan Point Bar, Maryland and is approximately 4800 yards long and 500 yards wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 39°05′30″ N, longitude 076°21′28″ W, thence northeasterly to a position at latitude 39°06′48″ N, longitude 076°19′32″ W, thence easterly to a position at latitude 39°06′48″ N, longitude 076°18′25″ W, thence southeasterly to a position at latitude 39°05′28″ N, longitude 076°16′42″ W, thence northeasterly to a position at latitude 39°05′38″ N, longitude 076°16′32″ W, thence northwesterly to a position at latitude 39°07′01″ N, longitude 076°18′13″ W, thence westerly to a position at latitude 39°07′01″ N, longitude 076°19′35″ W, thence southwesterly to position at latitude 39°05′43″ N, longitude 076°21′40″ W, thence southeasterly to a position at latitude 39°05′30″ N, longitude 076°21′28″ W, the point of origin.

(2) The second segment for the “Leg 6 Re-Start” is a rectangle-shaped area, approximately six nautical miles long and 1.5 nautical miles wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 38°54′38″ N, longitude 076°26′44″ W, thence easterly to a position at latitude 38°54′11″ N, longitude 076°24′49″ W, thence northerly to a position at latitude 38°59′40″ N, longitude 076°21′42″ W, thence westerly to a position at latitude 39°00′05″ N, longitude 076°23′33″ W, thence southerly to a position at latitude 38°54′38″ N, longitude 076°26′44″ W, the point of origin.

(i) There are two designated spectator areas for the second segment. The first spectator area lies east of the mouth of the Severn River, Maryland and is approximately three nautical miles long and 500 yards wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 38°56′32″ N, longitude 076°25′31″ W, thence easterly to a position at latitude 38°56′30″ N, longitude 076°25′13″ W, Start Printed Page 12135thence northerly to a position at latitude 38°59′13″ N, longitude 076°23′38″ W, thence westerly to position at latitude 38°59′20″ N, longitude 076°23′55″ W, thence southerly to a position at latitude 38°56′32″ N, longitude 076°25′31″ W, the point of origin.

(ii) The second spectator area lies west of Kent Island, Maryland and is approximately three nautical miles long and 500 yards wide, bounded by a line drawn from a position at latitude, 38°56′17″ N, longitude 076°24′12″ W, thence easterly to a position at latitude 38°56′06″ N, longitude 076°23′53″ W, thence northerly to a position at latitude 38°58′50″ N, longitude 076°22′17″ W, thence westerly to position at latitude 38°58′57″ N, longitude 076°22′37″ W, thence southerly to a position at latitude 38°56′17″ N, longitude 076°24′12″ W, the point of origin.

(3) All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983.

(b) Definitions. (1) Coast Guard Patrol Commander means any commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the Coast Guard who has been designated by the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

(2) Official Patrol means any person or vessel authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander or approved by Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

(3) Participant includes all vessels participating in the Volvo Ocean Race under the auspices of the Marine Event Permit issued to the event sponsor and approved by Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

(c) Special local regulations. (1) Except for the Official Patrol, participants, and persons or vessels authorized by the Coast Guard Patrol Commander, no person or vessel may enter or remain in the regulated area.

(2) Any person in the regulated area must stop immediately when directed to do so by any Official Patrol and then proceed only as directed.

(3) The operator of any vessel in the regulated area must stop the vessel immediately when directed to do so by any Official Patrol and then proceed only as directed.

(4) All persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Official Patrol.

(5) When authorized to transit within the regulated area, all vessels shall proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course that minimizes wake near the race course and near other persons and vessels in the designated spectator areas.

(d) Enforcement period. This section will be enforced from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 29, 2006, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7, 2006. If the “In Port Race” is postponed due to inclement weather, then the temporary special local regulations will be enforced the same time period during one the next four days, April 30, 2006 through May 3, 2006.

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Dated: February 22, 2006.

Larry L. Hereth,

Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. 06-2204 Filed 3-8-06; 8:45 am]

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