[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 31 (Friday, February 14, 2020)]
[Page 8602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-03030]



Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2020-0047]

Towing Safety Advisory Committee; March 2020 Teleconference

AGENCY: U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of Federal Advisory Committee teleconference meeting.


SUMMARY: The Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via 
teleconference, to discuss the two current tasks of the Committee. The 
Committee is expected to receive the final reports from the 
Subcommittee on Load Line Exemption for River Barges on Lakes Erie and 

    Meeting: The full Committee will meet by teleconference on Tuesday, 
March 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please 
note that this meeting may close early if the Committee has completed 
its business.
    Comments and supporting documents: To ensure your comments are 
reviewed by Committee members before the teleconference, submit your 
written comments no later than March 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: To join the teleconference or to request special 
accommodations, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section no later than 1 p.m. on March 3, 2020, to 
obtain the needed information. The number of teleconference lines is 
limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Instructions: You are free to submit comments at any time, 
including orally at the teleconference, but if you want Committee 
members to review your comments before the teleconference, please 
submit your comments no later than March 3, 2020. We are particularly 
interested in comments on the issue in the ``Agenda'' section below. 
You must include the words ``Department of Homeland Security'' and the 
docket number [USCG-2020-0047]. Comments received will be posted 
without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. For more information about privacy and 
the docket, review the Privacy and Security Notice for the Federal 
Docket Management at http://www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice. Written 
comments may also be submitted using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
http://www.regulations.gov. If you encounter technical difficulties 
with comment submission, contact the individual listed in the FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.
    Docket Search: For access to the docket or to read documents or 
comments related to this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type 
USCG-2020-0047 in the Search box, press Enter, and then click on the 
item you wish to view.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Matthew D. Layman, Alternate 
Designated Federal Officer of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, 
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Stop 7509, Washington, DC 20593-
7509, telephone 202-372-1421, fax 202-372-8382 or 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Towing Safety Advisory Committee 
provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland 
Security on matters related to shallow-draft inland and coastal 
waterway navigation and towing safety. It was established by Public Law 
96-380 in 1980 and was an active committee on December 3, 2018, the day 
before the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Pub. 
L. 115-282) was enacted.


    The agenda for the March 10, 2020, teleconference meeting is as 
    (1) Final report from the Subcommittee on ``Recommendations on Load 
Line Exemption for River Barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario (Task 17-
    (2) Additional tasking for the Subcommittee working on 
``Recommendations on the Implementation of 46 Code of Federal 
Regulations Subchapter M--Inspection of Towing Vessels (Task 16-01)''
    (3) Update on the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee and the 
December 4, 2020 termination date for the Towing Safety Advisory 
    (4) Public Comment period.
    A copy of all meeting documentation will be available at https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/Commercial-Regulations-standards-CG-5PS/Office-of-Operating-and-Environmental-Standards/vfos/TSAC/.
    During the March 10, 2020 teleconference, a public comment period 
will be held from approximately 2:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Speakers are 
requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that this 
public comment period may start before 2:45 p.m. if all other agenda 
items have been covered and may end before 3 p.m. if all of those 
wishing to comment have done so. Please contact Mr. Matthew D. Layman, 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to register as a 

Notice of Future 2020 Towing Safety Advisory Committee Meetings

    To receive automatic email notices of future Towing Safety Advisory 
Committee meetings in 2020, go to the online docket, USCG-2020-0047 
(http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=USCG-2020-0047), and 
select the sign-up-for-email-alerts option. We plan to use the same 
docket number for all Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting notices 
in 2020, so when the next meeting notice is published you will receive 
an email alert from http://www.regulations.gov when the notice appears 
in this docket, in addition to notices of other items being added to 
the docket.

    Dated: February 6, 2020.
Jeffrey G. Lantz,
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
[FR Doc. 2020-03030 Filed 2-13-20; 8:45 am]