COAST GUARD AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2015

(H.R. 1987) to authorize appropriations 

for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for 
other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably 
thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as 
amended do pass.


SEC. 302. SURVIVAL CRAFT.

 

 Mr. Shuster, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, submitted the following R E P O R T together with  ADDITIONAL VIEWS

 The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 

was referred the bill (H.R. 1987) to authorize appropriations 

for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, and for 

other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably 

thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as 

amended do pass.

SEC. 302. SURVIVAL CRAFT.

  (a) In General.–Section 3104 of title 46, United States Code, is 

amended to read as follows:

“Sec. 3104. Survival craft

  “(a) Requirement To Equip.–The Secretary shall require that a 

passenger vessel be equipped with survival craft that ensures that no 

part of an individual is immersed in water, if–

          “(1) such vessel is built or undergoes a major conversion 

        after January 1, 2016; and

          “(2) operates in cold waters as determined by the Secretary.

  “(b) Higher Standard of Safety.–The Secretary may revise part 117 

or part 180 of title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect 

before January 1, 2016, if such revision provides a higher standard of 

safety than is provided by the regulations in effect on or before the 

date of the enactment of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015.

  “(c) Innovative and Novel Designs.–The Secretary may, in lieu of 

the requirements set out in part 117 or part 180 of title 46, Code of 

Federal Regulations, as in effect on the date of the enactment of the 

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, allow a passenger vessel to be 

equipped with a life saving appliance or arrangement of an innovative 

or novel design that–

          “(1) ensures no part of an individual is immersed in water; 

        and

          “(2) provides an equal or higher standard of safety than is 

        provided by such requirements as in effect before such date of 

        the enactment.

  “(d) Built Defined.–In this section, the term `built’ has the 

meaning that term has under section 4503(e).”.

  (b) Review; Revision of Regulations.–

          (1) Review.–Not later than December 31, 2015, the Secretary 

        of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating shall 

        submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of 

        the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, 

        Science, and Transportation of the Senate a review of–

                  (A) the number of casualties for individuals with 

                disabilities, children, and the elderly as a result of 

                immersion in water, reported to the Coast Guard over 

                the preceding 30-year period, by vessel type and area 

                of operation;

                  (B) the risks to individuals with disabilities, 

                children, and the elderly as a result of immersion in 

                water, by passenger vessel type and area of operation;

                  (C) the effect that carriage of survival craft that 

                ensure that no part of an individual is immersed in 

                water has on–

                          (i) passenger vessel safety, including 

                        stability and safe navigation;

                          (ii) improving the survivability of 

                        individuals, including individuals with 

                        disabilities, children, and the elderly; and

                          (iii) the costs, the incremental cost 

                        difference to vessel operators, and the cost 

                        effectiveness of requiring the carriage of such 

                        survival craft to address the risks to 

                        individuals with disabilities, children, and 

                        the elderly;

                  (D) the efficacy of alternative safety systems, 

                devices, or measures in improving survivability of 

                individuals with disabilities, children, and the 

                elderly; and

                  (E) the number of small businesses and nonprofit 

                vessel operators that would be affected by requiring 

                the carriage of such survival craft on passenger 

                vessels to address the risks to individuals with 

                disabilities, children, and the elderly.

          (2) Revision.–Based on the review conducted under paragraph 

        (1), the Secretary may revise regulations concerning the 

        carriage of survival craft pursuant to section 3104(c) of title 

        46, United States Code.

SEC. 303. ENFORCEMENT.

  (a) In General.–Section 55305(d) of title 46, United States Code, is 

amended–

          (1) by amending paragraph (1) to read as follows:

          “(1) Each department or agency that has responsibility for a 

        program under this section shall administer that program 

        consistent with this section and any regulations and guidance 

        issued by the Secretary of Transportation concerning this 

        section.”;

          (2) by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (3), and by 

        inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

          “(2)(A) The Secretary, after consulting with the department, 

        agency, organization, or person involved, shall have exclusive 

        authority for determining the applicability of this section to 

        a program of a Federal department or agency, after consulting 

        with the department, agency, organization, or person involved.

          “(B) The head of a Federal department or agency shall 

        request the Secretary to determine the applicability of this 

        section to a program of such department or agency if the 

        department or agency is uncertain of such applicability. Not 

        later than 30 days after receiving such a request, the 

        Secretary shall make such determination.

          “(C) Subparagraph (B) shall not be construed to limit the 

        authority of the Secretary to make a determination regarding 

        the applicability of this section to a program administered by 

        a Federal department or agency.

          “(D) A determination made by the Secretary under this 

        paragraph regarding a program shall remain in effect until the 

        Secretary determines that this section no longer applies to 

        such program.”;

          (3) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated, by amending 

        subparagraph (A) to read as follows:

                  “(A) shall conduct an annual review of the 

                administration of programs subject to the requirements 

                of this section to determine compliance with the 

                requirements of this section;”; and

          (4) by adding at the end the following:

          “(4) On the date on which the President submits to Congress 

        a budget pursuant to section 1105 of title 31, the Secretary 

        shall make available on the Internet website of the Department 

        of Transportation a report that–

                  “(A) lists the programs that were subject to 

                determinations made by the Secretary under paragraph 

                (2) in the preceding year; and

                  “(B) describes the results of the most recent annual 

                review required by paragraph (3)(A), including 

                identification of the departments and agencies that 

                transported cargo in violation of this section and any 

                action the Secretary took under paragraph (3) with 

                respect to each violation.”.

  (b) Deadline for First Review.–The Secretary of Transportation shall 

complete the first review required under the amendment made by 

subsection (a)(1)(C) by not later than December 31, 2015.

  (c) Conforming Amendment.–Section 3511(c) of the Duncan Hunter 

National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (46 U.S.C. 

55305 note) is repealed.

SEC. 304. MODEL YEARS FOR RECREATIONAL VESSELS.

  (a) In General.–Section 4302 of title 46, United States Code is 

amended by adding at the end the following:

  “(e)(1) If in prescribing regulations under this section the 

Secretary establishes a model year for recreational vessels and 

associated equipment, such model year shall, except as provided in 

paragraph (2)–

          “(A) begin on June 1 of a year and end on July 31 of the 

        following year; and

          “(B) be designated by the year in which it ends.

  “(2) Upon the request of a recreational vessel manufacturer to which 

this chapter applies, the Secretary may alter a model year for a model 

of recreational vessel of the manufacturer and associated equipment, by 

no more than 6 months from the model year described in paragraph 

(1).”.

  (b) Application.–This section shall only apply with respect to 

recreational vessels and associated equipment constructed or 

manufactured, respectively, on or after June 1, 2015.

  (c) Guidance.–Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment 

of this Act, the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard 

is operating shall publish guidance to implement section 4302(d)(2) of 

title 46, United States Code.
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
D. GUNEX AREA 27C
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
B. GUNEX AREA W-138L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-30W
30-45N/79-38W
30-34N/79-41W
30-34N/80-30W
C. GUNEX AREA 31J
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
29-20N/79-50W
29-20N/79-40W
29-10N/79-40W
29-10N/79-50W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/81-00W
30-00N/80-50W
29-50N/80-50W
29-50N/81-00W
E. JSWTR (underwater shallow water training range with hydrophones)
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
30-03N/80-29W
F. DIPPING AREA 26G
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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