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Coast Guard, DHS.


Correcting amendments.


The Coast Guard published an interim rule in the Federal Register on May 9, 2016, that prescribes when and how the loss or jettisoning of cargo at sea must be reported. That rule contained a typographical error that erroneously revised a force majeure regulation instead of a notice of hazardous conditions regulation. This document corrects that error.


Effective August 29, 2016.

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If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Ken Smith, Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES-2), Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1413, email

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Viewing Documents Associated With This Rule

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In 2013 the Coast Guard proposed to revise 33 CFR 160.215, “Notice of hazardous conditions,” as part of its supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding cargo securing manuals (78 FR 68784, November 15, 2013). In 2015, a different rulemaking, regarding notices of arrival, redesignated § 160.215 as § 160.216, and inserted a provision on force majeure in § 160.215 (80 FR 5281, January 30, 2015). In 2016, the Coast Guard published an interim rule on cargo securing manuals that implemented changes it had proposed in 2013, including the amendment of § 160.215 (81 FR 27992, May 9, 2016). Because the 2016 rule amended § 160.215 when it should have amended the redesignated section, § 160.216, the force majeure provision was unintentionally removed and part 160 contained two consecutive sections on notice of hazardous conditions. It was an error for the interim rule to revise § 160.215 and replace the force majeure provision. This rule corrects that error and a cross-reference in 33 CFR 97.115 to § 160.215.

Need for Correction

As discussed above, the interim rule published May 9, 2016, incorrectly replaced force majeure regulations in § 160.215, instead of amending notice of hazardous conditions regulations in § 160.216.

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List of Subjects

33 CFR Part 97

  • Cargo stowage and securing
  • Cargo vessels
  • Hazardous materials
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements

33 CFR Part 160

  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Harbors
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water)
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Seamen
  • Vessels
  • Waterways
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For the reasons stated in the preamble, 33 CFR parts 97 and 160 are amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 97 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 46 U.S.C. 2103, 3306; E.O. 12234; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1(92)(a) and (b).

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2. In § 97.115(a), remove “160.215”, and add, in its place, “160.216”.

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3. The authority citation for part 160 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1223, 1231; 46 U.S.C. Chapter 701; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. Subpart C is also issued under the authority of 33 U.S.C. 1225 and 46 U.S.C. 3715.

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4. Remove § 160.216.

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[Redesignated as § 160.216]
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5. Redesignate § 160.215 as § 160.216.

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6. Add new § 160.215 to read as follows:

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Force majeure.

When a vessel is bound for a port or place of the United States under force majeure, it must comply with the requirements in this section, but not other sections of this subpart. The vessel must report the following information to the nearest Captain of the Port as soon as practicable:

(a) The vessel Master's intentions;

(b) Any hazardous conditions as defined in § 160.202; and

(c) If the vessel is carrying certain dangerous cargo or controlling a vessel carrying certain dangerous cargo, the amount and name of each CDC carried, including cargo UN number if applicable.

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Dated: August 24, 2016.

J.G. Lantz,

Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.

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[FR Doc. 2016-20678 Filed 8-26-16; 8:45 am]