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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC72 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Updates to Marine Engineering Standards 

Coast Guard is proposing to incorporate by reference (IBR) up-to-date standards, eliminate outdated or unnecessarily prescriptive regulations, and include acceptable alternative standards in 46 CFR subchapter F Marine Engineering. This rule includes updates to 67 IBRs. Due to advancements in technology, up-to-date standards are necessary to ensure that Coast Guard addresses current engineering equipment and technologies in its regulations. Additionally, subchapter F contains numerous instances where regulatory text incorporates an industry standard and includes additional requirements. Coast Guard would remove a substantial portion of that regulatory text by adopting current editions of incorporated standards. Finally, these changes would align standards already being used by industry across multiple subchapters that reference subchapter F. This rule would reduce burdens by eliminating outdated or unnecessarily prescriptive regulations. This rule is consistent with Executive Order 14058, which directs agencies to take actions that improve service delivery and customer experience by decreasing administrative burdens, enhancing transparency, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government.  This rule is also consistent with the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and OMB Circular A-119 policies directing the use of voluntary consensus industry standards in lieu of government-unique standards, where possible.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 50    46 CFR 52 to 54    46 CFR 56 to 59   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1509 (the Deepwater Port Act) and 46 U.S.C. 3306, 3703 (the Ports and Waterways Safety Act), Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1 (II) (92.b)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/19/2021  86 FR 57896   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/20/2021 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/20/2021  86 FR 71864   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  02/03/2022 
Final Rule  07/00/2023 
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:
Thane Gilman
Program Manager
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG-3), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1383