[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 126 (Tuesday, July 1, 1997)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 35392]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-17067]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 144

46 CFR Parts 109, 159, 160, and 199

[CGD 85-205]
RIN 2115-AC51

Inflatable Liferafts; Correction

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; correction.


SUMMARY: This document contains corrections to the final regulations 
[CGD 85-205] which were published May 9, 1997 (62 FR 25525). The final 
rule completely revised Coast Guard regulations for the approval and 
servicing of inflatable liferafts in 46 CFR Part 160.

DATES: This rule is effective on July 1, 1997.

 Mr. Kurt J. Heinz, Lifesaving and Fire Safety Standards Division (G-
MSE-4), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001, telephone 202-267-1444, fax 202-267-1069, e-
mail: [email protected].


Need for Correction

    The Coast Guard published a document in the Federal Register on May 
9, 1997 (62 CFR 25525), completely revising its regulations in 46 CFR 
Part 160 for the approval and servicing of inflatable liferafts. That 
document also made a consequential amendment to 46 CFR 
199.190(g)(3)(i), to update an obsolete reference to the old 
regulations. However, it failed to address similar obsolete references 
in 33 CFR 144.01-15 (d) and 46 CFR 109.301(g)(3)(ii). This document 
amends those paragraphs as necessary to update obsolete references to 
the old regulations, and to update a requirement in 33 CFR 144.01-15(d) 
for equipment which is no longer approved under the new regulations. It 
also makes one purely editorial correction to the paragraph numbering 
in 46 CFR 160.151-13(g).

Correction of Publication

    In rule FR Doc. 97-11897 published on May 9, 1997 (62 FR 25525), 
make the following corrections:
    1. On page 25543, second column, under Consequential Revisions, add 
the following before the existing paragraph:
    ``This final rule amends 33 CFR 144.01-15(d) to replace the 
obsolete requirement for ``Limited Service'' liferafts (which will no 
longer be approved) with a requirement for the analogous liferafts 
approved under this rule, and to remove the obsolete note referencing 
the servicing requirements in the old regulations. This amendment will 
not affect existing installed liferafts, and so should not have any 
substantive impact on anyone.
    This final rule also amends 46 CFR 109.301(g)(3)(ii) to replace the 
obsolete reference to servicing procedures in subpart 160.051 with a 
reference to supbart 106.151.''
    2. On page 25544, third column, under List of Subjects, add the 
following before the existing text:

33 CFR Part 144

    Continental shelf, Marine safety, Occupational safety and health.

46 CFR Part 109

    Marine safety, Occupational safety and health, Oil and gas 
exploration, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Vessels.
    3. On page 25544, third column, replace the words of issuance with 
the following:
    ``For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 
33 CFR part 144 and 46 CFR parts 109, 159, 160, and 199 as follows:''
    4. On page 25544, third column, following the words of issuance, 
insert the following amendatory paragraphs 1 through 4 and text, and 
renumber existing amendatory paragraphs 1 through 12 as 5 through 17: 
33 CFR Part 144.
    1. The authority citation for part 144 continues to read as 

    Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333d; 46 U.S.C. 3102(a); 46 CFR 1.46.

    2. In Sec. 144.01-15, remove the Note following paragraph (d), and 
revise paragraph (d) to read as follows:

Sec. 144.01-15  Alternates for life floats.

* * * * *
    (d) Inflatable liferafts shall be approved by the Coast Guard under 
approval series 160.151. An approved ``Limited Service'' or ``Ocean 
Service'' liferaft installed on board a platform before May 9, 1997, 
may continue to be used to meet the requirements of this section 
provided it is maintained in good and serviceable condition.

46 CFR Part 109

    3. The authority citation for part 109 continues to read as 

    Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333; 46 U.S.C. 3306, 5115, 6101, 10104; 49 
CFR 1.46.

    4. In Sec. 109.301, revise paragraph (g)(3)(ii) to read as follows:

Sec. 109.301  Operational readiness, maintenance, and inspection of 
lifesaving equipment.

* * * * *
    (g) Servicing of inflatable lifesaving appliances, inflated rescue 
boats, and marine evacuation systems.
* * * * *
    (3) Each inflatable liferaft must be serviced--
* * * * *
    (ii) In accordance with servicing procedures meeting the 
requirements of part 160, subpart 160.151 of this chapter.
* * * * *

46 CFR Part 160

Sec. 160.151-13  [Corrected]

    5. On page 25549, top of the second column, renumber paragraphs (h) 
(1)-(4) of Sec. 160.151-13 as (g)(3) (i)-(iv).

    Dated: June 24, 1997.
R.C. North,
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety 
and Environmental Protection.
[FR Doc. 97-17067 Filed 6-30-97; 8:45 am]