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DOT/MARAD RIN: 2133-AB84 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Marine Highway Corridor Expansion (RRR) 

This rulemaking would broaden the definition of short sea transportation routes to include routes that do not have parallel landside routes and include freight ferry boats and cargoes shipped in discrete units. Previously, because the purpose of the law was limited to reducing landside congestion, it applied only to waterways that paralleled landside transportation routes thus excluding routes between islands. Pursuant to section 405, of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, the amended definition allows for the expansion of Marine Highway routes to include the Hawaiin Islands and other U.S. ports. In addition, since the last PMR, the NDAA 2016 further defined marine highways to include ferry and wheeled cargo. Changes to scope of the law has necessarily triggered revisions to the draft rule. Revisions to the rule are meant to streamline and assist the end user when seeking MARAD program assistance.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 393   
Legal Authority: sec. 405 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, Pub .L. 112-213   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Mitch Hudson
Senior Attorney
Department of Transportation
Maritime Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE,
Washington, DC 20590
Phone:202 366-9373