U.S. Coast Guard and MARAD Efforts

The Coast Guard exercises regulatory authority over waterfront liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and the associated vessel traffic that may affect port areas and navigable waterways safety and security. There are two types of liquefied natural gas terminals over which the regulatory authority: (a) traditional shore-side facilities that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenses; (2) offshore terminals located beyond state seaward boundaries that are classified as deepwater ports. The Maritime Administration (MARAD), determines if a deepwater port applicant’s financial and U.S. citizenship requirements have been met. Additionally, MARAD approves deepwater port construction, operation, and decommissioning. Coast Guard personnel review this information in consultation with various safety and security working groups, including area maritime security committees; harbor safety committees; port pilots; and other federal, state, and local agencies, and determine if it presents a realistic analysis of the public safety and security implications from LNG marine traffic in the port. Following this review, Coast Guard personnel issue a letter of recommendation to the FERC regarding the suitability of the waterway for LNG marine traffic.


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  • Accession Number: 01608489
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2016 9:37AM