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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AB27 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Vessel Response Plan Requirements 
Abstract: This rulemaking would establish regulations requiring owners or operators of nontank vessels to prepare and submit oil spill response plans. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act defines nontank vessels as self-propelled vessels of 400 gross tons or greater that operate on the navigable waters of the United States, carry oil of any kind as fuel for main propulsion, and are not tank vessels. The NPRM proposed to specify the content of a response plan, and among other issues, address the requirement to plan for responding to a worst case discharge and a substantial threat of such a discharge. Additionally, the NPRM proposed to update International Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) requirements that apply to certain nontank vessels and tank vessels. Finally, the NPRM proposed to require vessel owners and operators to submit their vessel response plan control number as part of the notice of arrival information. This project supports the Coast Guard's broad roles and responsibilities of maritime stewardship. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151    33 CFR 155    33 CFR 160   
Legal Authority: 3 USC 301 to 303    33 USC 1223    33 USC 1231    33 USC 3121    33 USC 1903    33 USC 1908    46 USC 6101   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010  04/15/2012 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/31/2009  74 FR 44970   
Public Meeting  09/25/2009  74 FR 48891   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/30/2009    
Final Rule  07/00/2013 
Additional Information: The docket number for this rulemaking is USCG-2008-1070. The docket can be found at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 1625-AA19, Related to 1625-AA26 
Agency Contact:
Timothy M. Brown
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Standards, Evaluations, and Development (CG-REG), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7418,
Washington, DC 20593-7418
Phone:202 372-2358