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Notice

Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

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Invitation For Public Comments On A Requested Administrative Waiver Of The Coastwise Trade Laws For The Vessel Maria Christina.

Summary

As authorized by Public Law 105-383, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S. build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a description of the proposed service, is listed below. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines that in accordance with Pub.L. 105-383 and MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR 388 (65 FR 6905; February 11, 2000) that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels, a waiver will not be granted.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Submit comments on or before July 14, 2000.

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Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2000-7494. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20590-0001. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://dmses.dot.gov/submit/. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://dms.dot.gov.

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Michael Hokana, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR 832 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-0760.

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Title V of Pub.L. 105-383 provides authority to the Secretary of Transportation to administratively waive the U.S.-build requirements of the Jones Act, and other statutes, for small commercial passenger vessels (less than 12 passengers). This authority has been delegated to the Maritime Administration per 49 CFR 1.66, Delegations to the Maritime Administrator, as amended. By this notice, MARAD is publishing information on a vessel for which a request for a U.S.-build waiver has been received, and for which MARAD requests comments from interested parties. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commentor's interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD'S regulations at 46 CFR 388.

Vessel Proposed for Waiver of the U.S.-build Requirement Back to Top

(1) Name of vessel and owner for which waiver is requested:Name of vessel: Maria Christina Owner: Paul S. Mackey

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel: According to the Applicant: “Size: 47 ft.—25 tons pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 14502.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: Six person dinner charters and sailing tours from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

(4) Date and place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1978, place of construction: Blue Water Yachts, Taiwan.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “I believe there will be no impact on any commercial passenger vessel in the North East region where as there is no other vessels that I know of offering small six person dinner charters. There are larger—150 person plus tour boats in the N.E. region that I know of.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “ I don't see where six person dinner charters would have any impact on any U.S. shipyards.”

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Dated: June 8, 2000.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

[FR Doc. 00-14973 Filed 6-13-00; 8:45 am]

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