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Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice of meetings.

SUMMARY:

The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) and its working groups will meet to discuss various issues relating to the training and fitness of merchant marine personnel. MERPAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to the training, qualifications, licensing, and certification of seamen serving in the U.S. merchant marine. All meetings will be open to the public.

DATES:

Two MERPAC working groups will meet on Monday, April 3, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The full MERPAC committee will meet on Tuesday, April 4, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 5, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. These meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. Requests to make oral presentations should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 24, 2006. Written material and requests to have a copy of your material distributed to each member of the committee or subcommittee should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 24, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

The MERPAC working groups will meet on April 3, 2006, in Rooms 3317 (Task Statement 53) and 3319 (Task Statement 49) of U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593. The full MERPAC committee will meet on April 4-5, 2006, in Room 2415 of U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Further directions regarding the location of Coast Guard Headquarters may be obtained by contacting (202) 267-6890. Send written material and requests to make oral presentations to Mr. Mark Gould, Commandant (G-PSO-1), U.S. Start Printed Page 13415Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001. This notice is available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For questions on this notice, contact Mr. Gould, Assistant to the Executive Director, telephone 202-267-6890, fax 202-267-4570, or e-mail mgould@comdt.uscg.mil.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Notice of these meetings is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, as amended).

Agenda of Meetings on April 3, 2006

The working groups for Task Statement 49, concerning recommendations for use of a model sea course project in conjunction with an approved program for officer in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawse pipe, and Task Statement 53, concerning medical certification standards and disqualifying medical conditions for merchant mariners, will meet to conduct deliberations in preparation for delivering proposed MERPAC recommendations to the full committee.

Agenda of Meeting on April 4, 2006

The full committee will meet to discuss the objectives for the meeting. The working groups addressing the following task statements may meet to deliberate: Task Statement 30, concerning utilizing military sea service for STCW certifications; Task Statement 49, concerning recommendations for use of a model sea course project in conjunction with an approved program for officer in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawse pipe; Task Statement 51, concerning minimum standard of competence on tanker safety; Task Statement 52, concerning recommendations on the Coast Guard's draft proposals on issues that will be affected by the revisions to the 1997 Interim Rule Implementing the 1995 amendments to the STCW Convention; and Task Statement 53, concerning medical certification standards and disqualifying medical conditions for merchant mariners. In addition, new working groups may be formed to address issues proposed by the Coast Guard, MERPAC members, or the public. All task statements may be viewed at the MERPAC Web site at http://www.uscg.mil/​hq/​gm/​advisory/​merpac/​merpac.htm.

At the end of the day, the working groups will make a report to the full committee on what has been accomplished in their meetings. No action will be taken on these reports on this date.

Agenda of Meeting on April 5, 2006

The agenda comprises the following:

(1) Introduction.

(2) Working Groups' Reports

(a) Task Statement 30, concerning utilizing military sea service for STCW certifications;

(b) Task Statement 49, concerning recommendations for use of a model sea course project in conjunction with an approved program for officer in charge of an engineering watch coming up through the hawse pipe;

(c) Task Statement 51, concerning minimum standard of competence on tanker safety;

(d) Task Statement 52, concerning recommendations on the Coast Guard's draft proposals on issues that will be affected by the revisions to the 1997 Interim Rule Implementing the 1995 amendments to the STCW Convention;

(e) Task Statement 53, concerning medical certification standards and disqualifying medical conditions for merchant mariners; and

(f) Other task statements which may have been adopted for discussion and action.

(3) Other items to be discussed:

(a) Standing Committee—Prevention Through People.

(b) Briefings concerning on-going projects of interest to MERPAC.

(c) Other items brought up for discussion by the committee or the public.

Procedural

All meetings are open to the public. Please note that the meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. At the Chair's discretion, members of the public may make oral presentations during the meetings. If you would like to make an oral presentation at a meeting, please notify Mr. Gould no later than March 24, 2006. Written material for distribution at a meeting should reach the Coast Guard no later than March 24, 2006. If you would like a copy of your material distributed to each member of the committee or subcommittee in advance of the meeting, please submit 25 copies to Mr. Gould no later than March 24, 2006.

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities

For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meetings, contact Mr. Gould as soon as possible.

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Dated: March 7, 2006.

Howard L. Hime,

Acting Director of Standards, Assistant Commandant for Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E6-3643 Filed 3-14-06; 8:45 am]

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