Ports and waterways safety: San Francisco Bay, CA; safety zone,

[Federal Register: June 23, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 120)]

[Rules and Regulations]

[Page 34125-34126]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Coast Guard

33 CFR Part 165

[COTP San Francisco Bay; 98-011]

RIN 2115-AA97

Safety Zone; San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DOT.

ACTION: Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone encompassing a portion of the navigable waters of San Francisco Bay, CA, surrounding two barges used as a platform to launch fireworks for the San Francisco Chronicle's 4th of July Waterfront Festival, from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., PDT. The launch barges, which will be tethered together, will be located approximately 1,000 feet northwest of Pier 39. Fireworks will also be simultaneously launched from land at the Northern-most point of the Aquatic Park.

This temporary safety zone is necessary to provide for the safety of participating technicians, waterborne and shore-side spectators, vessels, and other property during the fireworks display. Persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this safety zone unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative thereof. Commercial vessels may request authorization to transit this safety zone by contacting Vessel Traffic Service on Channel 14 VHF-FM.

DATES: This safety zone will be in effect on July 4, 1998 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., PDT. If the event concludes prior to the scheduled termination time, the Captain of the Port will cease enforcement of this safety zone and will announce that fact via Broadcast Notice To Mariners.

ADDRESSES: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, Building 14, Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA 94501-5100.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Junior Grade Lesley F. Dion-Bow, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay; (510) 437-3073.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulatory Information

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553, a Notice of Proposed Rule (NPRM) was not published for this temporary regulation and good cause exists for making it effective prior to, or less than 30 days after, Federal Register publication. Publication of an NPRM and delay of its effective date would be contrary to the public interest since the precise location of the event necessitating the promulgation of this safety zone, and other logistical details surrounding the event, were not finalized until a date fewer than 30 days prior to the event date. Therefore, the event would be finished before the rulemaking process was complete if an NPRM was published, jeopardizing the safety of the lives and property of event participants and spectators.

Discussion of Regulation

The San Francisco Chronicle is sponsoring the 4th of July Waterfront Festival on the evening of July 4, 1998.

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These fireworks will be launched from two barges which will be tethered and located approximately 1,000 feet northwest of Pier 39 in the San Francisco Bay.

The safety zone will be bounded by the following positions: commencing at 37 deg.48'32''W, 122 deg.25'46''W, thence to 37 deg.48'52''N, 122 deg.25'48''W, thence to 37 deg.49'10''N, 122 deg.24'30''W, thence to 37 deg.48'42''N, 122 deg.24'30'', thence returning to the point of origin. This safety zone is necessary to protect the participating technicians, the spectators, and vessels and other property from the hazards associated with the fireworks display. Entry into, transit through, or anchoring within this zone by all vessels is prohibited, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative thereof. Commercial vessels may request authorization to transit the regulated area by contacting the Vessel Traffic Service on Channel 14 VHF-FM. For purposes of this temporary regulation, ``commercial vessels'' are defined as all vessels other than those used and registered/documented exclusively for recreational purposes.

Regulatory Evaluation

This temporary regulation is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of that order. It has been exempted from review by the Office of Management and Budget under that order. It is not significant under the regulatory policies and procedures of the Department of Transportation (DOT) (44 FR 11040; February 26, 1979). Due to the short duration and limited scope of the implementation of the safety zone, and because commercial traffic will have an opportunity to request authorization to transit, the Coast Guard expects the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that full regulatory evaluation under paragraph 10(e) of the regulatory policies and procedures of DOT is unnecessary.

Small Entities

Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Coast Guard must consider whether this rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. ``Small entities'' may include small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are not dominant in their respective fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations less than 50,000. For the same reasons set forth in the above Regulatory Evaluation, the Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule is not expected to have a significant economic impact on any substantial number of entities, regardless of their size.

Assistance For Small Entities

In accordance with Sec. 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), the Coast Guard wants to assist small entities in understanding this rule so that they can better evaluate its effects on them and participate in the rulemaking process. If your small business or organization is affected by this rule and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact Lieutenant Andrew B. Cheney, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Office San Francisco Bay at (510) 437-437-3037.

Collection of Information

This regulation contains no collection of information requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq).

Federalism

The Coast Guard has analyzed this temporary regulation under the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 12612 and has determined that this regulation does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment.

Environmental Assessment

The Coast Guard has considered the environmental impact of this temporary regulation and concluded that under Chapter 2.B.2. of Commandant Instruction M16475.1C, Figure 2-1, paragraph (35), it will have no significant environmental impact and it is categorically excluded from further environmental documentation.

Unfunded Mandates

Under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4), the Coast Guard must consider whether this rule will result in an annual expenditure by state, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate of $100 million (adjusted annually for inflation). If so, the Act requires that a reasonable number of regulatory alternatives be considered, and that from those alternatives, the least costly, most cost-effective, or least burdensome alternative that achieves the objective of the rule be selected.

No state, local, or tribal government entities will be effected by this rule, so this rule will not result in annual or aggregate costs of $100 million or more. Therefore, the Coast Guard is exempt from any further regulatory requirements under the Unfunded Mandates Act.

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

Regulation

In consideration of the foregoing, Subpart F of Part 165 of Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, is amended as follows:

  1. The authority citation for Part 165 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1(g), 6.04-1, 6.04.6, and 160.5; 49 CFR 1.46.

  2. A new Sec. 165.T11-080 is added to read as follow:

    Sec. 165.T11-080 Safety Zone: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA.

    (a) Location. The area bounded by the following positions, located within the navigable waters of San Francisco Bay, constitutes a safety zone surrounding the two barges used as a platform to launch fireworks for the San Francisco Chronicle's 4th of July Waterfront Festival: commencing at 37 deg.48'32'' N, 122 deg.25'46'' W, thence to 37 deg.48'52'' N, 122 deg.25'48'' W, thence to 37 deg.49'10'' N, 122 deg.24'30'' W, thence to 37 deg.48'42'' N, 122 deg.24'30'' W, thence returning to the point of origin. All coordinates referred use Datum: NAD 83.

    (b) Effective Dates. This safety zone will be in effect on July 4, 1998 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., PDT. If the event concludes prior to the scheduled termination time, the Captain of the Port will cease enforcement of this safety zone and will announce that fact via Broadcast Notice To Mariners.

    (c) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in Sec. 165.23 of this part, entry into, transit through, or anchoring within this zone by all vessels is prohibited, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or a designated representative thereof. Commercial vessels may request authorization to transit the safety zone by contracting Vessel Traffic Service on Channel 14 VHF-FM.

    Dated: June 5, 1998. H. Henderson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, San Francisco Bay.

    [FR Doc. 98-16663Filed6-22-98; 8:45 am]

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