Thursday, October 31, 2013

Coast Guard Publishes Two ICR Notices

Today the Coast Guard published two information collection request (ICR) notices in the Federal Register. The first (78 FR 65351-65352) was a 60-day ICR notice and the second (78 FR 65349-65351) was a 30-day ICR Notice. The notices covered the following ICRs (the first one is the 60-day ICR notice):

1625-0025: Carriage of Bulk Solids Requiring Special Handling
1625-0074, Direct User Fees for Inspection or Examination of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Vessels; 
1625-0084, Audit Reports under the International Safety Management Code and 
1625-0093, Facilities Transferring Oil or Hazardous Materials in Bulk

All of these ICRs are renewals. Only the first and last notices may be of specific interest to readers of this blog.

Bulk Solids ICR

This ICR covers the submission of special permits for the safe carriage for unlisted materials. The only change noted in this ICR request is that the “estimated burden has increased from 745 hours to 955 hours a year due to an increase in the estimated annual number of responses for Special Permits”.

The previous ICR approval shows that the number of responses and the number of hours for the burden are the same. This indicates that the Coast Guard estimates that the average time to complete special permit request is one hour.

Bulk Transfer ICR

This ICR covers the filing of a letter of intent to operate a facility that will transfer bulk oil or hazardous materials to or from vessels and the maintenance of an Operators Manual for such a facility. The Coast Guard notes that the “estimated burden has decreased from 84,247 hours to 45,748 hours a year due to a reduction in the estimated annual number of respondents”.

The previous ICR approval shows 2,667 annual responses for an average burden per response of about 31.6 hours, presumably most of this is for the production and maintenance of Operators Manuals not writing letters of intent. Keeping the same ratio of manuals to letters we can assume that the Coast Guard is only expecting about 1448 responses per year.

Public Response

The Coast Guard is soliciting public responses on the accuracy of its assumptions and the need for these ICRS. The responses to the 60-day notice may be filed via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (; Docket # USCG-2013-0861) and must be submitted by December 30th, 2013. The responses to the 30-day notice need to be sent directly to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and may be sent by email ( by December 2nd, 2013.
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