[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 181 (Tuesday, September 18, 2012)]
[Pages 57572-57573]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22923]



Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2008-1088]

Notice of Arrival on the Outer Continental Shelf

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.


SUMMARY: The United States Coast Guard is soliciting public comment on 
proposed changes to the computer application for electronic Notice of 
Arrival (NOA) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Coast Guard 
NOA-OCS program currently requires NOA information for those vessels, 
facilities, and Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) operating on the 
OCS. This information is currently being collected via the National 
Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) electronic Notice of Arrival and 
Departure (e-NOAD) process. The Coast Guard is continually seeking to 
improve the e-NOAD process and form to make it as user friendly as 
possible. Public comment is necessary in order to assist the Coast 
Guard with assessing which requirements may be addressed in future 
guidance or regulations to improve the e-NOAD application.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our 
online docket via http://www.regulations.gov November 19, 2012 or reach 
the Docket Management Facility by that date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-
2008-1088 using any one of the following methods:
    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
    (2) Fax: 202-372-1925.
    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
    (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone 
number is 202-366-9329.
    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. 
See the ``Public Participation and Request for Comments'' portion of 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below for instructions on 
submitting comments.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice, 
call or email LCDR Michael Lendvay, Commercial Vessel Compliance, 
Foreign and Offshore Vessel Compliance Division (CG-CVC-2), U.S. Coast 
Guard, 2100 2nd St. SW., Stop 7581, Washington DC 20593-7581, telephone 
202-372-1218, email [email protected]. If you have questions 
on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.


Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We encourage you to submit comments and related material. All 
comments received will be posted, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have 
    Submitting comments: If you submit a comment, please include the 
docket number for this notice (USCG-2008-1088) and provide a reason for 
each comment or recommendation. You may submit your comments and 
material online, or by fax, mail or hand delivery, but please use only 
one of these means. We recommend that you include your name and a 
mailing address, an email address, or a telephone number in the body of 
your document so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding 
your submission.
    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and 
type ``USCG-2008-1088'' in the ``Search'' box. If you submit your 
comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no 
larger than 8\1/2\ by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic 
filing. If you submit them by mail and would like to know that they 
reached the Facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard 
or envelope. We will consider all comments and material received during 
the comment period.
    Viewing the comments and related material:
    To view the comments go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the 
``Search'' box insert ``USCG-2008-1088.'' Click the ``Open Docket 
Folder'' in the ``Actions'' column. If you do not have access to the 
Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 
Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 
Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. We have an agreement with the Department of 
Transportation to use the Docket Management Facility.
    Privacy Act:
    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 
of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 
signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review a Privacy Act system of 
records notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, 
issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

Basis and Purpose

    On January 13 2011, the Coast Guard, published the Notice of 
Arrival (NOA) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) final rule [Docket 
No. USCG-2008-1088] (76 FR 2254), which required NOA information for 
those vessels, facilities and Mobile Drilling Units (MODUs) operating 
on the OCS. This rule was designed to enhance maritime domain awareness 
(MDA) over outer continental shelf activities. The final rule enhanced 
maritime security and safety by requiring U.S. and foreign vessels, 
floating facilities, and MODUs arriving on and/or engaging in outer 
continental shelf activities to report

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their arrival times and locations and information regarding the 
vessels, voyage, cargo, and crew.
    According to 43 U.S.C. 1331, the OCS includes all submerged lands 
lying seaward and outside of the area of lands beneath navigable waters 
and of which the subsoil and seabed are subject to the jurisdiction and 
control of the U.S. OCS activity is defined in U.S. regulations as any 
activity that occurs on the OCS and is associated with the exploration 
for, or development or production of, minerals, to include oil.
    The final rule implements provisions of the Security and 
Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, Public Law 109-347, 
and increases overall maritime domain awareness by requiring owners or 
operators of U. S. and foreign-flag vessels, floating facilities, and 
MODUs, to submit notice of arrival information to the Coast Guard's 
National Vessel Movement Center prior to engaging in OCS activities. 
Such information is critical to maritime safety and security and will 
enable the Coast Guard to more effectively prevent or respond to a 
safety or security concern on the OCS.
    The final rule and related materials may be viewed online at http://www.regulations.gov, docket number: USCG-2008-1088.
    Upon publication of the final rule, the U.S. domestic offshore 
industry indicated that compliance with the final rule was difficult 
because of the design of the e-NOAD system as it relates to vessels 
operating the OCS. Through our partnership with the Offshore Marine 
Service Association (OMSA), we established a working group to 
specifically address the design of an OCS-specific NOA reporting form.
    Until design changes could be made to the OCS-specific NOA 
reporting form, we requested voluntary compliance with the revised e-
NOAD-OCS application available for comment in this Notice so that we 
could ascertain the practicality of the revised application and the 
information requested. The e-NOAD-OCS is intended as a means of 
compliance with the final rule; however, other methods of reporting 
(such as by fax or email) will also be available as specified on the 
NVMC Web site [http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov]. See also 33 CFR 146.215(b) 
Methods of submission. This voluntary compliance period allowed us to 
gather information as to what was needed to improve the process, not 
just on the domestic vessels, but also on the foreign-flag vessels 
operating on the OCS. In addition to reducing the reporting burden, we 
sought input as to how to make the e-NOA-OCS application more user-
friendly. As a result of these efforts, we are updating the e-NOAD-OCS 
application and soliciting additional input and comments from industry 
with regards to the revised data fields that are intended to eliminate 
duplicate reporting methods while providing us with the necessary 
information to maintain MDA. Therefore, the Coast Guard is inviting the 
public to comment on proposed changes to the e-NOAD-OCS electronic 
application described below. The e-NOAD-OCS application can be found at 
http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/Default.aspx. The comment period will 
begin September 18, 2012 and will end November 19, 2012.

e-NOAD OCS Process

    To submit an e-NOAD OCS application, go to the U.S. Coast Guard 
National Vessel Movement Center Web page [http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov/NVMC/Default.aspx]. Once there, locate the ``Submit NOA Online'' button 
or login with your existing account using the login section directly 
below the ``Submit NOA Online'' button. If you do not have an account, 
there is a sign-up link located directly beneath the login section.
    Once logged in, you will be connected to the e-NOAD application and 
have the option to view, update, or copy an existing notice. Users will 
select the ``Add Notice'' button. At this point, you will have the 
option to click on the ``Import Notice'' button to upload a current 
workbook 6.0 XLS file or compile XML file. Once you determine the 
method of submission, a sub-menu will appear that provides three 
options: (1) Arrival; (2) Import; and (3) OCS.
    Select ``OCS.'' An ``OCS wizard'' will appear. At this point, you 
will be prompted to submit the following information:
     Vessel/MODU details;
     Reporting party details;
     Free-from text block for additional information (new 
     Add arrivals, up to 5 (new addition);
     Crew, check boxes for what leg of the voyage they apply 
     Passengers, check boxes for what leg of the voyage they 
apply to;
     Cargo, check boxes for what leg of the voyage they apply 
     Previous ports details;
     Security details;
    You may then submit the NOAD by clicking ``Ok.'' After submitting 
the NOAD, you will have the following two options:
     Go back to the notice of arrival/departure list screen
     Submit additional notices.
    Please note that the system is capable of saving notices so that it 
is no longer necessary for the user to retype certain information that 
is associated with a particular vessel. Additionally, users will have 
the option to import crew and passenger lists to reduce the amount of 
time spent typing in names individually.
    The Coast Guard is asking for public comment on the following 
proposed changes to the e-NOAD-OCS application.
    (1) The addition of one data field to consist of a free-form block 
that will allow additional voluntary information (e.g., route 
information, day planning) to be collected;
    (2) The ability to submit up to five consecutive ports or places on 
the OCS; and
    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
information submitted through the e-NOAD-OCS application.

    Authority: This notice is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 
552(a); 33 CFR part 146.

    Dated: September 4, 2012.
Paul F. Thomas,
Director of Inspections and Compliance (CG-5PC).
[FR Doc. 2012-22923 Filed 9-17-12; 8:45 am]