MERPAC Teleconference open to the public

[Federal Register: July 1, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 125)]
[Page 31461-31462]

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Coast Guard


Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of open teleconference meeting.

SUMMARY: This notice announces a teleconference of the Merchant Marine
Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC). The purpose of the
teleconference is for MERPAC to discuss and prepare recommendations for
the Coast Guard concerning paragraph III.B.1 and III.B.2 of its Task
Statement 64, Comprehensive Review of the STCW Convention and the STCW
Code. MERPAC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Coast
Guard on matters related to the training, qualification, licensing,
certification, and fitness of seamen serving in the U.S. merchant

DATES: The teleconference call will take place on Tuesday, July 21,
2009, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., EDT.

ADDRESSES: Members of the public may participate by dialing 1-877-950-
5410. You will then be prompted to dial your participant passcode,
which is 9876776<greek-i>''. Please ensure that you enter the<greek-i>’’ mark. Public participation is welcome; however, the
number of teleconference lines is limited, and lines are available
first-come, first-served. Members of the public may also participate by
coming to Room 3317, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street,
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001. We request that members of the public
who plan to attend this meeting notify Mr. Jerry Miante at 202-372-1407
no later than July 17, 2009, so that he may notify building security

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jerry Miante, telephone 202-372-
1407, fax 202-372-1926.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires
that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal
Register [5 U.S.C. App. 2]. MERPAC is chartered under that Act. It
provides advice and makes recommendations to the Assistant Commandant
for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship, on issues concerning
merchant marine personnel such as implementation of the International
Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and

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Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978.
Task Statement 64, as well as the document referenced in paragraph
III.B.2 of Task Statement 64, may be viewed in our online docket, USCG-
2009-0579, at

Tentative Agenda:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

1 p.m.-1:05 p.m.–Welcome and Opening Remarks–MERPAC Chairman Captain
Andrew McGovern.
1:05 p.m.-2:15 p.m.–Open discussion concerning paragraphs III.B.1 and
III.B.2 of Task Statement 64, Comprehensive Review of the STCW
Convention and the STCW Code.
2:15 p.m.-2:45 p.m.–Public comment period.
2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.–MERPAC vote on recommendations for the Coast Guard.
3 p.m.–Adjourn.

This tentative agenda is subject to change and the meeting may adjourn
early if all committee business has been completed.

Public Participation

The Chairman of MERPAC is empowered to conduct the teleconference 

in a way that will, in his judgment, facilitate the orderly conduct of
business. During its teleconference, the committee welcomes public
comment. The committee will make every effort to hear the views of all
interested parties, including the public. Written comments may be
submitted to Ms. Mayte Medina, Designated Federal Officer, at
Commandant (CG-5221) ATTN MERPAC, US Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street
St., STOP 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126. Comments should be received
no later than July 17, 2009.

Information on Services for Individuals With Disabilities

For information on facilities or services for individuals with 

disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact
Mr. Miante as soon as possible.

Dated: June 24, 2009.

J.G. Lantz,
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
[FR Doc. E9-15561 Filed 6-30-09; 8:45 am]

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