Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Vessel Response Plan Requirements (1625-AB27)

Docket ID: USCG-2008-1070
Agency: Coast Guard (USCG)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
This rulemaking would establish regulations requiring owners or operators of nontank vessels to prepare and submit oil spill response plans. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act defines nontank vessels as self-propelled vessels of 400 gross tons or greater that operate on the navigable waters of the United States, carry oil of any kind as fuel for main propulsion, and are not tank vessels. The NPRM proposed to specify the content of a response plan, and among other issues, address the requirement to plan for responding to a worst case discharge and a substantial threat of such a discharge. Additionally, the NPRM proposed to update International Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) requirements that apply to certain nontank vessels and tank vessels. Finally, the NPRM proposed to require vessel owners and operators to submit their vessel response plan control number as part of the notice of arrival information. This project supports the Coast Guard's broad roles and responsibilities of maritime stewardship.
RIN: 1625-AB27
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151,33 CFR 155,33 CFR 160
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Fall 2013
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 3 USC 301 to 303, 33 USC 1223, 33 USC 1231, 33 USC 3121, 33 USC 1903, 33 USC 1908, 46 USC 6101
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Business
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
StatutoryOtherCoast Guard Authorization Act of 201004/15/2012
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM08/31/200974 FR 44970
Public Meeting09/25/200974 FR 48891
NPRM Comment Period End11/30/2009
Final Rule09/30/201378 FR 60099
Final Rule Effective10/30/2013
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: CG-0943
Subtype: Vessel Documentation and Measurement
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Now!
Due Nov 30, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 10/06/2009
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0008
Comment Period Closed
Nov 30, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 09/25/2009
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0006
Comment Now!
Due Nov 30, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 08/31/2009
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 11/08/2013
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0049

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/25/2013
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0048
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/25/2013
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0046
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 10/25/2013
ID: USCG-2008-1070-0047


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Mr. Timothy M. Brown
Project Manager, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC-1)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501
Washington, DC 20593-7501
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