[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 41 (Friday, March 3, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 12418-12420]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-04068]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

33 CFR Part 401

[Docket No. SLSDC-2016-0006]
RIN 2135-AA42


Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories

AGENCY: Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and 
the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under 
international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the 
St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in 
Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the 
SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the 
Seaway Regulations and Rules in various categories. The changes update 
the following sections of the Regulations and Rules: Condition of 
Vessels; Seaway Navigation; Radio Communications; General; and, Vessels 
Transiting U.S. Waters. These amendments are necessary to take account 
of updated procedures and will enhance the safety of transits through 
the Seaway. Several of the amendments are merely editorial or for 
clarification of existing requirements. The joint regulations will 
become effective in Canada on March 20, 2017.

DATES: This rule is effective on March 20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background 
documents or comments received, go to http://www.Regulations.gov; or in 
person at the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel, 
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development

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Corporation, 180 Andrews Street, Massena, New York 13662; 315/764-3200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development 
Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation 
(SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and 
presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules 
(Practices and Procedures in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions. 
Under agreement with the SLSMC, the SLSDC is amending the joint 
regulations by updating the Regulations and Rules in various 
categories. The changes update the following sections of the 
Regulations and Rules: Condition of Vessels; Seaway Navigation; Radio 
Communications; General; and, Vessels Transiting U.S. Waters. These 
updates are necessary to take account of updated procedures which will 
enhance the safety of transits through the Seaway. Many of these 
changes are to clarify existing requirements in the regulations. Where 
new requirements or regulations are made, an explanation for such a 
change is provided below.
    Regulatory Notices: Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the 
electronic form of all 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 DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal 
Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 
19477-78) or you may visit http://www.Regulations.gov.
    The SLSDC is amending two sections of the Condition of Vessels 
portion of the joint Seaway regulations. In Sec.  401.08, ``Landing 
booms'', the two Corporations are requiring vessels with freeboard 
greater than 2 m and not equipped with landing booms to use the Seaway 
tie-up service at approach walls. Under the current rules, crew members 
on vessels with freeboard greater than 2 m and no landing booms jump 
approximately 4-6 feet from the vessel to the approach wall. This rule 
would eliminate the safety risks associated with this practice.
    In Sec.  401.9, ``Radio telephone and navigation equipment'', the 
SLSDC and SLSMC are requiring that vessels maintain radio transmitters 
on board that are fitted to communicate on additional VHF channels to 
reduce possible interference from channels transmitting lock operation 
instructions to vessels via specially designated VHF channels.
    In the Seaway Navigation portion of the regulations, a change to 
Sec.  401.44, ``Mooring in locks'', is being made that would require 
one crew member to be present on deck during lockage to assist the 
Bridge team. A change to Sec.  401.89, ``Transit refused'' of the 
General section of the regulations clarifies that vessels need to be in 
compliance with Transport Canada's Marine Safety and Security 
regulations in order to transit the Seaway.
    The other changes to the joint regulations are merely editorial or 
to clarify existing requirements.
    A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal 
Register (82 FR 1287) on January 5, 2017. No comments were received 
during the 30-day notice and comment period. The joint regulations will 
become effective in Canada on March 20, 2017.

Regulatory Evaluation

    This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United 
States and therefore, Executive Order 12866 does not apply and 
evaluation under the Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures is not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination

    I certify that this regulation will not have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence 
Seaway Regulations and Rules primarily relate to commercial users of 
the Seaway, the vast majority of who are foreign vessel operators. 
Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels.

Environmental Impact

    This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement 
under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et seq.) 
because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the 
quality of the human environment.

Federalism

    The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and 
criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and have 
determined that this proposal does not have sufficient federalism 
implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment.

Unfunded Mandates

    The Corporation has analyzed this rule under Title II of the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48) and 
determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local, 
and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written 
statement of economic and regulatory alternatives.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection 
requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 401

    Hazardous materials transportation, Navigation (water), Penalties, 
Radio, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Vessels, Waterways.

    Accordingly, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation 
amends 33 CFR part 401, Seaway Regulations and Rules, as follows:

PART 401--SEAWAY REGULATIONS AND RULES

Subpart A--Regulations

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1. The authority citation for subpart A of part 401 continues to read 
as follows:

     Authority: 33 U.S.C. 983(a) and 984(a)(4), as amended; 49 CFR 
1.52, unless otherwise noted.


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2. In Sec.  401.8, redesignate paragraph (c) as paragraph (d) and add 
new paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.8  Landing booms.

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    (c) Vessels with freeboard greater than 2 m and not equipped with 
landing booms shall utilize the Seaway tie-up service at approach 
walls.
* * * * *

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 3. In Sec.  401.9, revise paragraph (b)(2) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.9  Radio telephone and navigation equipment.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (2) Be fitted to operate from the conning position in the 
wheelhouse and to communicate on channels 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 
66a, 75, 76 and 77.
* * * * *

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4. In Sec.  401.29, revise paragraph (c)(2)(iii), redesignate paragraph 
(c)(2)(iv) as paragraph (c)(2)(v) and add a new paragraph (c)(2)(iv) to 
read as follows:


Sec.  401.29  Maximum draft.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (2) * * *
    (iii) Any vessel intending to use the DIS for the first time must 
notify the Manager of the Corporation in writing at least 24 hours 
prior to the

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commencement of its initial transit in the System with the DIS.
    (iv) In every navigation season a vessel intending to use an 
approved DIS to transit the System must fax a completed confirmation 
checklist found at www.greatlakes-seaway.com to the Manager or the 
Corporation prior to its initial transit of the season.
* * * * *

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5. In Sec.  401.44, revise paragraph (d) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.44  Mooring in locks.

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    (d) Vessels being moored by a ``Hands Free Mooring'' (HFM) system 
shall have a minimum of 1 well rested crew member on deck during the 
lockage to assist the Bridge team.

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6. In Sec.  401.58, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.58  Pleasure craft scheduling.

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    (b) Every pleasure craft seeking to transit Canadian locks shall 
stop at a pleasure craft dock and arrange for transit by contacting the 
lock personnel using the direct-line phone and make the lockage fee 
payment by purchasing a ticket using the automated ticket dispensers or 
prior to transiting Seaway locks, purchase a ticket through PayPal on 
the Seaway Web site.

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 7. In Sec.  401.64, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.64  Calling in.

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    (c) A down bound vessel in St. Lambert Lock shall switch to channel 
10 (156.5 MHz) for a traffic report from Quebec Vessel Management 
Center.
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8. In Sec.  401.89, revise paragraph (a)(4) to read as follows:


Sec.  401.89  Transit refused.

    (a) * * *
    (4) The vessel is not in compliance with Transport Canada Marine 
Safety and Security, flag state and/or classification society 
regulations.
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9. In part 401, Schedule I, redesignate paragraphs (c) and (d) as 
paragraphs (d) and (e), respectively, and add a new paragraph (c) to 
read as follows:

Schedule I to Subpart A of Part 401--Vessels Transiting U.S. Waters

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    (c) U.S. Coast Pilot, current edition.
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    Issued at Washington, DC, on February 27, 2017.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Carrie Lavigne,
 Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2017-04068 Filed 3-2-17; 8:45 am]
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