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DOT/MARAD RIN: 2133-AB84 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Marine Highway Corridor Expansion 

Statutory changes require revisions to part 393. This rule will broaden the definition of short sea transportation to include routes that do not have parallel landside routes (e.g., island routes) and to include freight ferry boats and cargoes shipped in discrete units. Previously, because the purpose of the law was limited to reducing landside congestion, it excluded routes between islands. The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012, section 405 amended the definition to include islands. The NDAA 2016 further expanded shortsea shipping to include ferry and wheeled cargo. Revisions are also 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: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
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  01/11/2017  82 FR 3250   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/13/2017 
Final Rule  11/00/2017 
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 Ave. SE,
Washington, DC 20590