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Federal Register Highlights – 1/16/15

January 16, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 16, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the regulation governing the operation of the Morgan City (Berwick Bay) Railroad Bridge across the Atchafalaya River, mile 17.5 (Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (Morgan City-Port Allen Alternate Route) mile 0.3) in Morgan City, St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana. This deviation provides for the bridge to remain closed to navigation for four consecutive hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon with an opening in the middle to pass vessels. This will last for six consecutive days. The purpose of the closure is to conduct  scheduled maintenance and repairs to the drawbridge. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then again from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. daily from January 26 through January 31, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the operation of the Galveston Causeway Railroad Vertical Lift Bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, mile 357.2 west of Harvey Locks, at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. The deviation is necessary in order to conduct maintenance on the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain temporarily closed to navigation for 5 hours on two consecutive days during day light hours and will operate normally at all other times. This deviation is effective from 7 a.m. through noon, daily, on February 2 and February 3, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: The Coast Guard proposes amending its passenger vessel regulations to implement the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 with respect to deck rails, systems for detecting or recording falls overboard and for recording evidence of possible crimes, hailing devices, security guides, sexual assault response, and crime scene preservation training. The proposed regulations promote the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and security missions. Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before April 16, 2015 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date. (Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2015 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA. Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), January 20, 2015, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 10, 2015.

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