WSR 97-07-065

PROPOSED RULES

OFFICE OF

MARINE SAFETY

[Filed March 19, 1997, 8:59 a.m.]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule: Proposing corrections of technical errors in WAC 317-31-200, 317-31-220, and 317-31-230.

Purpose: To correct technical errors.

Other Identifying Information: See emergency rule, WSR 96-18-022.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 43.21I.030.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 88.46.050.

Summary: The rule corrects citations to federal and state authorities.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Jeff Fishel, Olympia, Washington, 664-9110; Implementation: Stan Norman, Olympia, Washington, 664-9110; and Enforcement: Nina Carter, Olympia, Washington, 664-9110.

Name of Proponent: Office of Marine Safety, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The proposed rule corrects the citation in 33 CFR Subchapter r Q to Subchapter O in WAC 317-31-200 (5)(g); provides the Washington State Register cite missing from WAC 317-31-220(1); and provides the Washington State Register cite missing in WAC 317-31-230(6). These changes will not affect compliance or enforcement of chapter 317-31 WAC.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Exempt under RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a).

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. Exempt under RCW 34.05.328 (5)(b)(iv).

Hearing Location: Office of Marine Safety, 711 State Avenue N.E., 2nd Floor, Conference Room, Olympia, WA 98506, on April 23, 1997, at 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Teresa Hedblum by April 21, 1997, (360) 664-9110.

Submit Written Comments to: Stan Norman, P.O. Box 42407, Olympia, WA 98504-2407, FAX (360) 664-9184, by April 25, 1997.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 7, 1997.

March 17, 1997

Barbara Herman

Director

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-12-077, filed 6/5/96)

WAC 317-31-200 Accepted industry standards. Accepted industry standards are those standards established under WAC 317-31-220 for cargo and passenger vessels, or WAC 317-31-230 for fishing vessels, and applicable requirements of the following international conventions and federal regulations:

(1) The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS);

(2) The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW);

(3) The International Convention for Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, as modified by the Protocol of 1978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78);

(4) The International Labor Organization, Convention Concerning Minimum Standards in Merchant Ships, convention number 147 (ILO 147);

(5) Provisions of chapter 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations including:

(a) Part 26 (Vessel bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone regulations);

(b) Part 70 (Interference with or damage to aids to navigation);

(c) Subchapter D (International Navigation Rules);

(d) Subchapter E (Inland Navigation Rules);

(e) Part 95 (Operating a vessel while intoxicated);

(f) Subchapter M (Marine Pollution Financial Responsibility and Compensation);

(g) Subchapter ((Q)) O (Pollution);

(h) Subchapter P (Ports and Waterways Safety); and

(6) Provisions of chapter 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations including:

(a) Part 4 (Marine Casualties and Investigations);

(b) Subchapter B (Merchant Marine Officers and Seamen);

(c) Subchapter C (Uninspected Vessels);

(d) Subchapter D (Tank Vessels);

(e) Subchapter E (Load Lines);

(f) Subchapter F (Marine Engineering);

(g) Subchapter G (Documentation and Measurement of Vessels);

(h) Subchapter H (Passenger Vessels);

(i) Subchapter I (Cargo and Miscellaneous Vessels);

(j) Subchapter J (Electrical Engineering);

(k) Subchapter N (Dangerous Cargoes);

(l) Subchapter O (Certain Bulk Dangerous Cargoes);

(m) Subchapter Q (Equipment, Construction and Materials: Specification and Approval);

(n) Subchapter S (Subdivision and Stability); and

(o) Part 197, subpart C (Benzene).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.46.050 and 43.21I.030. 96-12-077, 317-31-200, filed 6/5/96, effective 7/6/96.]

Reviser's note: RCW 34.05.395 requires the use of underlining and deletion marks to indicate amendments to existing rules. The rule published above varies from its predecessor in certain respects not indicated by the use of these markings.

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-12-077, filed 6/5/96)

WAC 317-31-220 Modification of accepted industry standards. (1) This section establishes a process for modifying accepted industry standards as established by the advisory group on cargo and passenger vessel substantial risk criteria and noticed in the Washington State Register, No((. . . .)) 96-03-082. The purpose of this section is to establish a process that results in enforceable standards while affording vessel owners and operators substantial input and notice.

(2) The vessel inspection advisory council is hereby established. The council's mission is to make recommendations to the office every two years, if necessary, concerning accepted industry standards for cargo and passenger vessels. The office shall review the council's recommendations and publish in the state register proposed standards. After the date of publication, the office shall allow thirty days for public comment. After consideration of council recommendations and public comment, the office shall adopt the proposed industry standards by publication of a notice of adoption and availability of the standards in the state register.

(3) Council members and their replacements shall be appointed by the office and serve a term of two years. The council chair shall be appointed by the office. Each council member may designate one alternate who may exercise that member's vote. The office shall invite the U.S. Coast Guard to participate as a nonvoting advisor to the council. The council shall comprise at least fifteen members who represent the following interests:

(a) Classification societies;

(b) Commercial fishing vessels;

(c) Environmental organizations;

(d) Maritime labor organizations;

(e) Maritime trade associations;

(f) Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality;

(g) Native American tribes;

(h) Cargo vessel owners;

(i) Cargo vessel operators;

(j) Cruise ship owners;

(k) Cruise ship operators;

(l) Washington State Ferry System;

(m) Washington State Department of Ecology;

(n) Washington State Office of Marine Safety;

(o) Washington state pilots;

(p) Oregon state pilots;

(q) Washington state public ports;

(r) Public agencies responsible for regulating natural resources;

(s) Marine education and training; and

(t) The public at large.

(4) A meeting of the council may be held fourteen days after the notice of the meeting is published in the state register. The meeting notice shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting, and the names of the organizations represented. Meetings of the council may be convened either by the office or the council's chair. At the first meeting of the council, the office shall present a compilation of boarding results under the boarding checklist for the council's review.

(5) The office shall provide staff and administrative support for the council. The office shall also maintain minutes, public comments, boarding results, and other council records in a file available to the public.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.46.050 and 43.21I.030. 96-12-077, 317-31-220, filed 6/5/96, effective 7/6/96.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 96-12-077, filed 6/5/96)

WAC 317-31-230 Modification of accepted industry standards for fishing vessels. (1) This provision establishes a process for establishing and modifying accepted industry standards for fishing vessels. The purpose of this section is to establish a process that results in enforceable standards while affording vessels owners and operators substantial input and notice.

(2) The fishing vessel inspection advisory council is hereby established. The council shall make recommendations based on international and federal laws and regulations applicable to fishing vessels, and on the actual practices of the Washington-based fishing industry as revealed in the boarding results presented by the office. The council may recommend higher standards than the actual practices of the Washington-based fishing industry and those in applicable international and federal laws and regulations only where reasonably necessary to protect public health and safety, and the environment. The office shall review the council's recommendations and publish in the state register proposed standards. After the date of publication, the office shall allow thirty days for public comment. After consideration of council recommendations and public comment, the office shall adopt the proposed industry standards by publication of a notice of adoption and availability of the standards in the state register.

(3) Council members and their replacements shall be appointed by the office and serve a term of two years. The council chair shall be appointed by the office. Each council member may designate one alternate who may exercise that member's vote. The office shall invite the U.S. Coast Guard to participate as a nonvoting advisor to the council. The council shall comprise at least six members who represent the following interests:

(a) Commercial fishing vessels;

(b) Commercial fish processing vessels;

(c) Environmental organizations;

(d) Native American tribes;

(e) Washington State Department of Ecology;

(f) Washington State Office of Marine Safety; and

(g) The public at large.

(4) A meeting of the council may be held fourteen days after the notice of the meeting is published in the state register. The meeting notice shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting, and the names of the organizations represented. Meetings of the council may be convened either by the office or the council's chair. At the first meeting of the council, the office shall present a compilation of boarding results under the boarding checklist for the council's review.

(5) The office shall provide staff and administrative support for the council. The office shall also maintain council minutes, public comment, boarding results, and other council records in a file available to the public.

(6) Until the council has established accepted industry standards under this section, the office shall use an interim standard to determine substantial risk for fishing vessels under WAC 317-31-210. The office will board fishing vessels as provided in WAC 317-31-210(2) using a boarding checklist developed through agreement with a representative of the fishing industry as published in the Washington State Register, No((. . . .)) 95-06-063.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.46.050 and 43.21I.030. 96-12-077, 317-31-230, filed 6/5/96, effective 7/6/96.]

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