[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 217 (Friday, November 8, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67027-67028]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-26813]



Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 151, 155 and 160

[Docket No. USCG-2008-1070]
RIN 1625-AB27

Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan 

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Rule; information collection approval.


SUMMARY: On September 30, 2013, the Coast Guard amended regulations on 
response plans for nontank vessels. The amendment triggered information 
collection requirements affecting an existing OMB-approved information 
collection requirement on vessel and facility response plans. This 
notice announces that the collection of information has been approved 
by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and can now be enforced. 
The OMB control number is 1625-0066.

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DATES: The collection of information requirement under 33 CFR 155.5023, 
155.5025, and 155.5055 through 155.5075 can be enforced beginning 
November 8, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this 
document, contact Lieutenant Commander John Peterson, Coast Guard, 
Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Vessel Response Plan Review 
Team; telephone 202-372-1226, email [email protected]. If you have questions 
about viewing the docket (USCG-2008-1070), call Ms. Barbara Hairston, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 30, 2013, the Coast Guard 
published the Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan 
Requirements final rule, implementing the statutory requirement for an 
owner or operator of a self-propelled, nontank vessel of 400 gross tons 
or greater, which operates on the navigable waters of the United 
States, to prepare and submit an oil spill response plan to the Coast 
Guard (78 FR 60100). Among other things, this rule applied vessel 
response plan requirements to nontank vessels. Under those 
requirements, a nontank vessel owner or operator needs to prepare and 
submit to the Coast Guard a nontank vessel response plan in accordance 
with 33 CFR part 155, subpart J. The content of the response plan 
includes the requirement to plan for responding to a worst-case 
discharge and a substantial threat of such a discharge. Additionally, 
submissions of international Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans 
(SOPEPs) for certain U.S.-flag nontank and tank vessels requires 
alignment with updated SOPEP rules. With the exception of this 
collection of information, the rule became effective on October 30, 
    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), an 
agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information until the 
collection is approved by OMB. Accordingly, the preamble to the final 
rule stated that the Coast Guard would not enforce the collection of 
information requirements occurring under 33 CFR 155.5023, 155.5025, and 
155.5055 through 155.5075 until the collection of information request 
was approved by OMB, and also stated that the Coast Guard would publish 
a notice in the Federal Register announcing that OMB approved and 
assigned a control number for the requirement.
    The Coast Guard submitted the information collection request to OMB 
for approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. On 
September 3, 2013, OMB approved the collection of information and 
assigned the collection OMB Control Number 1625-0066 entitled ``Vessel 
and Facility Response Plans (Domestic and Int'l), and Additional 
Response Requirements for Prince William Sound, Alaska''. The approval 
for this collection of information expires on September 30, 2016. A 
copy of the OMB notice of action is available in our online docket 
(USCG-2008-1070) at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: November 1, 2013.
J.G. Lantz,
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, U.S. Coast Guard.
[FR Doc. 2013-26813 Filed 11-7-13; 8:45 am]