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									                        Federal Register / Vol. 63, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 1998 / Notices                                7495

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION                 Systems Table. Persons submitting             operation and inspection. Examples of
                                             comments should include their name            systems listed included propulsion,
Coast Guard                                  and address, identify this notice [USCG       steering, life saving appliances, and fire
[USCG 98–3324]                               98–3324], the specific section of the         protection systems. Respondents were
                                             Table to which each comment applies,          asked to write in other systems as they
Critical Ship Safety Systems Table and       and the reason for the comment. Please        saw fit. The experts rated each system’s
Components of a Supplement Under             submit two copies of all comments and         probability of failure (ranging from not
the Alternate Compliance Program             attachments in an unbound format, no          probable to likely) and the consequence
                                             larger than 81⁄2 by 11 inches, suitable for   of failure (ranging from negligible to
AGENCY:   Coast Guard, DOT.                  copying and electronic filing, to the         catastrophic). These two factors were
ACTION:  Notice of policy concerning         DOT Docket Management Facility at the         quantified and multiplied together to
critical ship safety systems and U.S.        address under ADDRESSES. If you want          obtain a relative risk of system failure.
Supplement review process; request for       acknowledgment of receipt of your             The systems were then rank ordered
comments.                                    comment, enclose a stamped, self-             based on relative risk of failure as
                                             addressed postcard or envelope. The           determined using expert opinion.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces a                                                          Objective data was obtained from
                                             Coast Guard will consider all comments
policy concerning critical ship safety       received during the comment period            historical data contained in the Coast
systems, the creation of the Critical Ship   and may change this policy in view of         Guard’s Marine Safety Information
Safety Systems Table, and their              the comments.                                 System (MSIS) database. The data
application to U.S. Supplements                                                            included 500,000 records documenting
developed by classification societies        Background and Purpose                        discrepancies found during marine
seeking authorization under the              Critical Ship Safety Systems                  inspections, vessel boardings, and
Alternate Compliance Program. The                                                          marine casualty investigations
Coast Guard also announces a policy             The Coast Guard, in continuing to          conducted during the period of 1986 to
determination on the components of a         improve its Alternate Compliance              May 1997. Relative risk of system failure
U.S. Supplement.                             Program, and in response to changes in        was assessed using the underlying
                                             the 1996 Coast Guard Authorization Act        assumption that systems with an
DATES: Comments are requested by
                                             (Pub. L. 104–324) that permit the Coast       historically high number of
April 14, 1998.
                                             Guard to rely on reports from other           discrepancies or casualties were high
ADDRESSES: You may mail comments to          persons and permit expanded use of
the Docket Management Facility                                                             risk and should be considered critical.
                                             vessel classification societies (46 U.S.C.    The systems were then rank ordered
[USCG–98–3324], U.S. Department of           3103, 3316), reviewed Subchapters D, F,
Transportation, Room PL–401, 400                                                           based on relative risk of failure as
                                             H, I, and J of Title 46 of the Code of        determined using historical data. The
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC           Federal Regulations (CFR) to determine
20590–0001, or deliver them to room                                                        high risk items from each assessment
                                             critical ship safety systems. The review      method were then combined to yield a
PL–401, located on the Plaza Level of        did not include Subchapter I–A (mobile
the Nassif Building at the same address,                                                   single list of critical ship safety systems.
                                             offshore drilling units) and Subchapter
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday           O (chemical and gas carriers) as review       U.S. Supplement to Class Rules
through Friday, except Federal holidays.     of these subchapters, using the same             The Coast Guard applied this list of
The telephone number is (202) 366–           process described here, is ongoing.           critical ship safety systems to the
9329.                                        These results will be published when          Alternate Compliance Program (ACP)
   The Docket Management Facility            the review is completed. This review          for which a final rule was published in
maintains the public docket for this         also did not include operational              the Federal Register (62 FR 67525) on
notice. Comments, and documents as           requirements for which vessel owners          December 24, 1997. The ACP alleviates
indicated in this preamble, will become      and operators are still responsible and       some of the cost burden on the U.S.
part of this docket and will be available    for which the Coast Guard retains             maritime industry resulting from the
for inspection or copying at room PL–        authority to ensure compliance.               Coast Guard inspection program by
401, located on the Plaza Level of the          Critical ship safety systems               eliminating duplicate plan review and
Nassif Building at the above address,        encompass those systems that are              inspections currently performed by both
between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday           addressed by the applicable regulations       the Coast Guard and the classification
through Friday, except Federal holidays.     in 46 CFR relating to ship design and         societies. The ACP improves
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:             construction and, based on subjective         international competitiveness of the
LCDR Raymond Petow or LCDR Daniel            and objective risk assessments, are           U.S. merchant fleet by allowing
Pippenger, Marine Safety and                 necessary for the safe operations of          recognized and authorized classification
Environmental Protection (G–MSE–1),          vessels. The list of critical ship safety     societies to perform those inspections
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters,               systems did not include those required        necessary for the issuance of a
telephone: (202) 267–2997 for questions      by U.S. Statute.                              Certificate of Inspection (COI). The final
concerning the substance of this notice         Subjective assessments were obtained       rule provided details on the recognition
or Paulette Twine, Chief, Documentary        from a wide range of experts associated       and authorization process for a
Services Division, U.S. Department of        with the maritime industry including          classification society wishing to
Transportation, telephone: (202) 366–        licensed mariners, vessel owners and          participate in the ACP. The final rule
9329 for questions concerning the filing     operators, pilots, environmental              explained that such a classification
and reviewing of comments.                   organizations, private marine surveyors,      society is required to develop and
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:                   and Coast Guard inspectors and plan           receive Coast Guard approval of a U.S.
                                             reviewers. The assessments rated a list       Supplement to its rules. The
Request for Comments                         of shipboard systems from regulatory          supplement would contain those
  The Coast Guard encourages                 requirements, proposed by the Coast           regulations applicable for issuance of a
submission of written data, views, or        Guard program managers with                   COI, which are not adequately covered
arguments on the Critical Ship Safety        experience in areas of vessel design,         by either the class society’s rules or
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applicable international standards. A        international standards to determine if       transverse framing) does not take into
supplement would also contain U.S.           the standards provided a level of safety      account such ancillary, but important,
statutory requirements, SOLAS                for each critical system equivalent to        considerations such as corrosion
interpretations, and other regulatory        that of the Coast Guard regulations.          allowances, inspection intervals,
requirements applicable to all ships.        Critical ship safety systems adequately       operating areas, coatings, cathodic
   The only U.S. Supplement approved         covered by international conventions          protection, material selection/strength,
to date—the U.S. Supplement to               were not included in the table. For           shipyard, operator, crew and all other
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)            example, steering gear systems, 46 CFR        factors that have a great deal of
Rules—was partly developed based on          58.25, were deemed to be critical by          influence on the long-term performance
the underlying principle that class rules    both subjective and objective analysis.       of a vessel’s structure. Because of the
plus international standards must            However, the International Convention         system’s nature of hull design, that is a
achieve a level of safety equivalent to      for the Safety of Life at Sea, as amended     hull design must consider all of the
that of Coast Guard regulatory               (SOLAS), Chapter II–1, Regulation 29          structural aspects of a hull (shell
requirements. Lacking a process by           provides a level of safety for steering       plating, longitudinals, transverse
which to develop the supplement, the         gear systems equivalent to the                framing, decks, etc.) as a whole system,
comparison to the regulatory                 requirements of 46 CFR 58.25.                 and not individually; a comparison of
requirements of 46 CFR related to the        Consequently, steering gear was not           individual components is difficult since
design and construction of vessels           included in the table.                        any possible shortcomings of one
eligible for the ACP was done using a           Although hull structures and stability     component can be offset by another
resource intensive line-by-line              are identified in the table as a critical     component. For example, thinner shell
approach. Any instance in which a            ship safety system, for the purpose of
                                                                                           plating can be compensated with
Coast Guard regulation was found to be       developing a U.S. Supplement, a
                                                                                           additional stiffeners.
inadequately covered by the                  different approach was taken to assess
combination of ABS Rules and                 whether classification society structural        Therefore, the Coast Guard proposes
international conventions resulted in an     rules provide an equivalent level of          to determine the equivalence of
entry in the supplement. This approach       safety. The structural design of any ship     classification society structural rules
was applied to each and every Title 46       is based on many factors, including size,     through an assessment of the service
regulation in Subchapters D, F, H, I, J,     service, owner requirements, operating        history (structural failures documented
N, and O without regard to the fact that     environment, and cargo, as well as the        in reports from classification society
a system required by ABS rules and           ship’s classification society’s calculation   surveyors) of the classed fleet and the
international standards may have             methods and philosophies on the               approach taken by the class society
provided an equivalent level of safety.      importance of these and other factors.        towards rule review and updating as
As a result, several entries not germane     Classification society rules take these       appropriate. The ideal classification
to the safe operation of ABS classed         factors into consideration when               society not only maintains an excellent
vessels inspected under the ACP,             determining the minimum required              service history, but also takes an
appeared in the first U.S. Supplement to     scantlings; which are the dimensions of       aggressive approach to rule review and
ABS Rules.                                   the various framework parts of the            updating by systematically evaluating
   The line-by-line approach was a time      structure, such as the frames, beams,         casualty statistics and surveyor reports
consuming process for both the               flooring, stringers, and hull plating.        to identify trends and implement
classification society and the Coast            Because of the numerous factors,           corrective changes before casualties
Guard. Further, the resulting                philosophies, and calculation methods,        occur. In evaluating a classification
supplement was likely to include             no two societies have the same rules for      society, the Coast Guard will also
requirements that provided little, if any,   determining structural scantlings. Even       compare the society’s rules on
additional safety when the dissimilar        within the same classification society,       structures to the International
standards were combined. With requests       there may be several different ways to        Association of Classification Society
to participate in ACP from Lloyd’s           determine scantlings. For instance, an        (IACS) requirements, and where
Register of Shipping, Det Norske Veritas     ABS classed tanker or bulk carrier may        appropriate, review the class society’s
and Germanischer Lloyd, it became            be designed using the ABS Rule book or        reasoning for not adopting the IACS
apparent that a more efficient process of    the Safehull program. The ABS Rule            standard.
preparing and reviewing U.S.                 book contains formulas for scantlings
Supplements had to be developed. As          that have been developed over years of           The stability portion of the critical
such, the Coast Guard is adopting the        experience, whereas the Safehull              ship safety systems table references
risk-based approach described here           program, a computer program                   International Maritime Organization
which focuses on critical ship safety        developed by ABS, approaches                  (IMO) Resolution A.479(18), Code of
systems. Differences between class rules     structural design by linking the              Intact Stability for All Types of Ships
plus international standards and Coast       scantlings to the structural loadings         Covered by IMO Instruments. The U.S.
Guard regulations are acceptable             expected over the life of the vessel.         was a key player in the development of
provided each critical ship safety           Since the basis of classification is to       this international resolution and,
system attains an equivalent level of        determine that a vessel’s structure is fit    therefore, it is accepted by the Coast
safety.                                      for its intended purpose, a society           Guard as an equivalent to the intact
   The Coast Guard used the list of          generally puts a great deal of discretion     stability requirements in Title 46 CFR.
critical ship safety systems to develop a    into their rules to handle new or novel       Because SOLAS recommends vessels
table which may be used as a tool            designs.                                      voluntarily comply with this resolution,
during development and review of U.S.           While it is possible to identify a         and because the Coast Guard desires to
Supplements. The table of critical ship      number of major components that we            harmonize its regulations with
safety systems was created by                think should be comparable in                 international standards, IMO Resolution
comparing the list of critical ship safety   scantlings, to dictate specific               A.479(18) was chosen as the standard by
systems developed by subjective and          requirements for each structure (e.g.,        which to evaluate each class society’s
objective risk assessments to                plate thickness, longitudinals,               stability requirements.
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Critical Ship Safety Systems Table                                           demonstrate that their class rules                                            discussed methods of determining
  The following table contains those                                         provide an equivalent level of safety to                                      equivalence are applicable. In cases
critical ship safety systems not                                             the regulatory cite for each of the critical                                  where equivalence cannot be shown,
adequately covered by international                                          ship safety systems. For the structures                                       requirements must be included in the
standards. Class societies must                                              and stability section, the previously                                         U.S. Supplement to bridge the gaps.

                                                                            Critical system                                                                                           Regulation (46 CFR * * *)

                                                                                     SUBCHAPTER D—TANK VESSELS

Lifesaving appliances and arrangements ..................................................................................................................                           31.36–1.
Guards in dangerous places ......................................................................................................................................                   32.02–15.
Anchors, chains, and hawsers ...................................................................................................................................                    32.15–15.
Pressure vacuum relief valves ...................................................................................................................................                   32.20–5.
Pumps, piping and hose for cargo handling ..............................................................................................................                            32.50.
Bilge systems .............................................................................................................................................................         32.52.
Inert gas system .........................................................................................................................................................          32.53.
Ventilation and venting ...............................................................................................................................................             32.55.
Fire-extinguishing systems .........................................................................................................................................                34.05–5(a)(5), (a)(6), & (a)(7).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system controls ...........................................................................................................                            34.15–10(f), 34.15–10(g).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system piping ..............................................................................................................                           34.15–15(c).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system storage ...........................................................................................................                             34.15–20(i).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system alarms ............................................................................................................                             34.15–30(a).
Deck foam system controls ........................................................................................................................................                  34.20–10(a), 34.20–10(e).
Deck foam system piping ...........................................................................................................................................                 34.20–15(b).
Water spray extinguishing system piping ..................................................................................................................                          34.25–15(b).
Water spray extinguishing system nozzles ................................................................................................................                           34.25–20(a).
Portable and semiportable extinguishers ...................................................................................................................                         34.50.
Self-contained breathing apparatus ...........................................................................................................................                      35.30–20(c)(1).
Vapor control system .................................................................................................................................................              Part 39.

                                                                               SUBCHAPTER F—MARINE ENGINEERING

Power boilers: Adoption of Section I of the ASME Code ..........................................................................................                                    52.01–2.
Power boilers: Automatic controls ..............................................................................................................................                    52.01–10.
Power boilers: Fusible plugs ......................................................................................................................................                 52.01–50.
Power boilers: Safety valves and safety relief valves ...............................................................................................                               52.01–120.
Heating boilers: Adoption of Section IV of the ASME Code .....................................................................................                                      53.01–3.
Heating boilers: Pressure relieving devices ...............................................................................................................                         53.05.
Pressure vessels: Adoption of Division 1, Section VIII of ASME Code ....................................................................                                            54.01–2.
Pressure vessels: Standard hydrostatic test ..............................................................................................................                          54.10–10.
Pressure vessels: Pneumatic test ..............................................................................................................................                     54.10–15.
Pressure vessels: Pressure relief devices .................................................................................................................                         54.15.
Piping components .....................................................................................................................................................             56.10–1.
Fittings ........................................................................................................................................................................   56.15.
Valves employing resilient seals ................................................................................................................................                   56.20–15.
Bilge and ballast piping ..............................................................................................................................................             56.50–50.
Bilge pumps ................................................................................................................................................................        56.50–55.
Systems containing oil ...............................................................................................................................................              56.50–60.
Burner fuel-oil service systems ..................................................................................................................................                  56.50–65.
Gasoline fuel systems ................................................................................................................................................              56.50–70.
Diesel fuel systems ....................................................................................................................................................            56.50–75.
Tank vent piping .........................................................................................................................................................          56.50–85.
Materials .....................................................................................................................................................................     56.60.
Welding .......................................................................................................................................................................     56.70.
Pressure tests ............................................................................................................................................................         56.97.
Main propulsion machinery ........................................................................................................................................                  58.05.
Internal combustion engines ......................................................................................................................................                  58.10.
Periodic tests and inspections ...................................................................................................................................                  Part 61.
Vital system automation .............................................................................................................................................               Part 62.

                                                                              SUBCHAPTER H—PASSENGER VESSELS

Lifesaving appliances and arrangements ..................................................................................................................                           70.28–1.
Ventilation ...................................................................................................................................................................     72.15.
Storm rails ..................................................................................................................................................................      72.40–10.
Barriers on vehicular ferries .......................................................................................................................................               72.40–15.
Guards in dangerous places ......................................................................................................................................                   72.40–20.
Fixed fire extinguishing equipment ............................................................................................................................                     76.05–20.
Carbon dioxide system controls .................................................................................................................................                    76.15–10(f), 76.15–10(g).
Carbon dioxide system piping ....................................................................................................................................                   76.15–15(c).
Carbon dioxide system storage .................................................................................................................................                     76.15–20(i).
Carbon dioxide system alarms ...................................................................................................................................                    76.15–30(a).
Manual sprinkling system piping ................................................................................................................................                    76.23–20(b).
Manual sprinkling system heads ................................................................................................................................                     76.23–25(a).
Automatic sprinkling systems .....................................................................................................................................                  76.25–1, 76.25–35(e).
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                                                                            Critical system                                                                                          Regulation (46 CFR * * *)

Electric fire detecting system .....................................................................................................................................               76.27–15(b), 76.27–15(e).
Smoke detecting system ............................................................................................................................................                76.33–20(e), 76.33–20(f).
Manual alarm system .................................................................................................................................................              76.35–15(b), 76.35–15(d).
Portable and semiportable extinguishers ...................................................................................................................                        76.50.
Anchors, chains and hawsers ....................................................................................................................................                   77.07.
Emergency equipment ...............................................................................................................................................                77.30.
Fireman’s outfit ...........................................................................................................................................................       77.35–5(a) & (b).

                                                               SUBCHAPTER I—CARGO AND MISCELLANEOUS VESSELS

Lifesaving appliances and arrangements ..................................................................................................................                          90.27–1.
Structural fire protection .............................................................................................................................................           92.07–1(c).
Ventilation ...................................................................................................................................................................    92.15.
Storm rails ..................................................................................................................................................................     92.25–10.
Guards in dangerous places ......................................................................................................................................                  92.25–15.
Fixed fire extinguishing systems ................................................................................................................................                  95.05–10(d), & (e).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system controls ...........................................................................................................                           95.15–10(f), 95.15–10(g).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system piping ..............................................................................................................                          95.15–15(c).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system storage ...........................................................................................................                            95.15–20(i).
Carbon dioxide extinguishing system alarms ............................................................................................................                            95.15–30(a).
Portable and semiportable extinguishers ...................................................................................................................                        95.50.
Anchors, chains and hawsers ....................................................................................................................................                   96.07.
Fireman’s outfit ...........................................................................................................................................................       96.35–5(a) & (b).
Anhydrous ammonia in bulk .......................................................................................................................................                  98.25.
Vessels carrying marine portable tanks (MPTs) ........................................................................................................                             98.30–3.

                                                                          SUBCHAPTER J—ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Generator construction and circuits ...........................................................................................................................                    111.12.
Motors .........................................................................................................................................................................   111.25.
Overcurrent protection ................................................................................................................................................            111.50.
Circuit breakers ..........................................................................................................................................................        111.54.
Wiring materials and methods ...................................................................................................................................                   111.60.
Motor circuits, controllers, and protection ..................................................................................................................                     111.70.
Lighting circuits and protection ..................................................................................................................................                111.75.
Electric power-operated boat winches .......................................................................................................................                       111.95.
Electric power-operated watertight door systems ......................................................................................................                             111.97.
Hazardous locations ...................................................................................................................................................            111.105.
Emergency power and lighting system ......................................................................................................................                         Part 112.
Fire and smoke detecting and alarm systems ...........................................................................................................                             113.10.
Automatic sprinkler alarm system ..............................................................................................................................                    113.20.
General emergency alarm systems ...........................................................................................................................                        113.25.
Internal communications ............................................................................................................................................               113.30.
Engine order telegraph ...............................................................................................................................................             113.35.
Steering failure alarm systems ...................................................................................................................................                 113.43.



Structures and Stability                                                         types, chemical and mechanical                                           sailing in U.S. waters. Statutory
                                                                                 properties, certification, and                                           requirements are those contained in
Comment(s)                                                                       manufacture procedures.                                                  Titles 33 and 46 of the U.S.C. which are
Structures:                                                                    Rules should address structural welding
  Provide three examples from your                                               procedures, including joint design, fitup,
                                                                                                                                                          applicable to all U.S. flagged vessels
    classification society records of major                                      filler materials, acceptance standards,                                  which are eligible for participation in
    structural failures in classed vessels over                                  repair procedures, qualification                                         the ACP. International interpretations
    the last ten years along with the                                            procedures, NDT procedures.                                              include those regulations in which the
    corrective action taken.                                                   Rules should include sections addressing                                   Coast Guard clarifies requirements of
  Provide three examples of major breaches                                       requirements for primary and secondary                                   international conventions left to the
    in watertight integrity in the last ten                                      structural members.                                                      satisfaction of the flag state. For
    years along with corrective action taken.                                Stability: Rules should provide an equivalent
                                                                                 level of safety to IMO Resolution
                                                                                                                                                          example, SOLAS Chapter II–2,
  Provide three examples of major fractures
    in primary or secondary structural                                           A.479(18), Code of Intact Stability for All                              Regulation 4.7.2 states, ‘‘Ships shall be
    members in the last ten years along with                                     Types of Ships Covered by IMO                                            provided with fire hoses the number
    corrective action taken.                                                     Instruments.                                                             and diameter of which shall be to the
  List International Association of                                                                                                                       satisfaction of the Administration.’’ The
    Classification Societies (IACS)
                                                                             Supplement Components
                                                                                                                                                          Coast Guard provides clarification to
    requirements not incorporated into                                         The Coast Guard sees the U.S.                                              this international requirement in 46 CFR
    classification rules and discuss why they                                                                                                             34.10–10, 76.10–10, 95.10–10, and
    have not been included.
                                                                             Supplement as being comprised of
  Demonstrate that Rules meet longitudinal                                   inputs from four distinct areas: critical                                    108.425 where fire hose specifications
    strength requirements of IACS Uniform                                    ship safety systems, U.S. statutory                                          are spelled out for U.S. flagged vessels.
    Requirements.                                                            requirements, interpretations of                                             The Coast Guard is working at the IMO
  Rules should address structural materials                                  international conventions, and                                               to remove vague wording from
    requirements, including acceptable                                       regulations applicable to all vessels                                        international conventions such as
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SOLAS by harmonizing interpretations          Avenue, NW., Suite 1020, Washington,            In addition, one copy of any
with other countries. One of the Coast        DC, 20036.                                   comments submitted to the FAA must
Guard’s long-term goals is to eliminate         The agenda will be as follows: (1)         be mailed or delivered to Mr. Willard G.
the need for administration-specific          Introductory Remarks; (2) Review and         Plentl, P.E. Airport Director at the
interpretations to international              Approval of the Agenda; (3) Review and       following address: Mr. Willard G. Plentl,
conventions. Regulations applicable to        Approval of the Summary of the               P.E., Airport Director, Wilmington
all vessels include the navigation safety     Previous Meeting; (4) Review and             International Airport, 1740 Airport
and pollution prevention regulations of       Approval of Change 3 to RTCA/DO–             Boulevard, Wilmington, NC 28405.
Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations.         181A; (5) Review and Approval of                Air carriers and foreign air carriers
The Coast Guard plans to develop and          Change 2 to RTCA/DO–218; (6) Other           may submit copies of written comments
publish a Navigation and Vessel               Business; (7) Date and Place of Next         previously provided to the New
Inspection Circular (NVIC) listing            Meeting.                                     Hanover County Airport Authority
statutory requirements, U.S.                    Attendance is open to the interested       under section 158.23 of Part 158.
interpretations to international              public but limited to space availability.    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
conventions, and regulations applicable       With the approval of the chairman,           Southern Region, Atlanta Airports
to all vessels.                               members of the public may present oral       District Office, Mr. Terry R. Washington,
                                              statements at the meeting. Persons           Program Manager, 1701 Columbia
   In summary, the Coast Guard will
                                              wishing to present statements or obtain      Avenue, Suite 2–260, College Park,
review U.S. Supplements submitted by
                                              information should contact the RTCA          Georgia 30337–2747, (404) 305–7143.
class societies seeking authorization
                                              Secretariat, 1140 Connecticut Avenue,           The application may be reviewed in
under the ACP against four lists of
                                              NW., Suite 1020, Washington, DC              person at this same location.
inputs: statutory requirements,
                                              20036; (202) 833–9339 (phone); (202)
international interpretations, regulations                                                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA
                                              833–9434 (fax); or http://www.rtca.org
applicable to all vessels, and the critical                                                proposes to rule and invites public
                                              (web site). Members of the public may
ship safety systems table. Class societies                                                 comment on the application to impose
                                              present a written statement to the
can and should use these four lists to                                                     and use the revenue from a PFC at
                                              committee at any time.
develop their U.S. Supplement. Anyone                                                      Wilmington International Airport under
seeking information on the content of           Issued in Washington, DC, on February 9,   the provisions of the Aviation Safety
these lists can contact LCDR Petow or         1998.                                        and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990
LCDR Pippenger at the number listed           Jancie L. Peters,                            (Title IX of the Omnibus Budget
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION. Any            Designated Official.                         Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L.
item on the lists relating to ship design     [FR Doc. 98–3727 Filed 2–12–98; 8:45 am]     101–508) and Part 158 of the Federal
or construction that is not adequately        BILLING CODE 4910–13–M                       Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 158).
covered by class rules and applicable                                                         On February 6, 1998, the FAA
international conventions must be                                                          determined that the application to
included in a U.S. Supplement.                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION                 impose and use the revenue from a PFC
Classification societies are in no way                                                     submitted by New Hanover County
prohibited from using the line-by-line        Federal Aviation Administration              Airport Authority was substantially
approach (comparing class rules and           Notice of Intent To Rule on Application      complete within the requirements of
international conventions to Title 46         To Impose and Use the Revenue From           section 158.25 of Part 158. The FAA
regulations) in developing their U.S.         a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) at         will approve or disapprove the
Supplement. However, the Coast Guard          Wilmington International Airport, North      application, in whole or in part, no later
believes the risk-based approach offers a     Carolina                                     than May 8, 1998. The following is a
more efficient means with which to                                                         brief overview of the application.
develop a U.S. Supplement to                  AGENCY:  Federal Aviation                       Level of the proposed PFC: $3.00.
classification Society Rules.                 Administration (FAA), DOT.                      Proposed charge effective date: June
  Dated: January 29, 1998.                    ACTION: Notice of intent to rule on          1, 1998.
                                              application.                                    Proposed charge expiration date:
R.C. North,
                                                                                           March 31, 2014.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant     SUMMARY:    The FAA proposes to rule and        Total estimated PFC revenue:
Commandant for Marine Safety and              invites public comment on the
Environmental Protection.
                                                                                           $8,251,051.
                                              application to impose and use the               Application number: 98–03–C–00–
[FR Doc. 98–3628 Filed 2–12–98; 8:45 am]      revenue from a PFC at Wilmington             ILM.
BILLING CODE 4910–14–P                        International Airport under the                 Brief description of proposed
                                              provisions of the Aviation Safety and        project(s): (1) Land acquisition; (2)
                                              Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 (Title        construction of new equipment
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION                  IX of the Omnibus Budget                     building; (3) airfield drainage system
                                              Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L.         rehabilitation; (4) develop daylight/
Federal Aviation Administration
                                              101–508) and part 158 of the Federal         limited use taxiway; (5) establish a
RTCA Special Committee 187; Mode              Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 158).      1,000 foot safety area.
Select Beacon and Data Link System            DATES: Comments must be received on             Class or classes of air carriers which
                                              or before March 16, 1998.                    the public agency has requested not be
   Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the        ADDRESSES: Comments on this                  required to collect PFCs: (1) Air Taxi/
Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub.          application may be mailed or delivered       Commercial Operators (ATCO), and (2)
L. 92–463, 5 U.S.C., Appendix 2), notice      in triplicate to the FAA at the following    Large Certified Route Air Carriers filing
is hereby given for Special Committee         address: Atlanta Airports District Office,   RTSPA Form T–100 having less than
187 meeting to be held on March 10,           Campus Building, 1701 Columbia               1,000 annual enplanements at ILM.
1998, starting at 9 a.m. The meeting will     Avenue, Suite 2–260, College Park,              Any person may inspect the
be held at RTCA, 1140 Connecticut             Georgia, 30337–2747.                         application in person at the FAA office

								
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