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Notice

Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

Action

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

Summary

As authorized by Pub. L. 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 part 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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Submit comments on or before August 13, 2001.

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Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-10095. 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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Kathleen Dunn, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR-832 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-2307.

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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 (no more 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 commenter's interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD'S regulations at 46 CFR part 388.

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

(1) Name of vessel and owner for which waiver is requested.Name of vessel: Adventure Cat. Owner: J.B. Ewing Enterprises, Inc.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant:“* * * 9.7 tons. It is a 47 feet catamaran with a 23-foot beam and has 4 staterooms.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “This is a charter vessel with a captain and crew and no more than 12 guests for sailing in the Gulf of Mexico from the Sanibel Island area.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1998. Place of construction: Bordeaux, France.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “Currently there is no other vessel of this class, size and capacity offing sailing services in the Southwest Florida or the Gulf waters. We do have within 100 miles, larger vessels who market themselves as 50 or more guests for fishing, sightseeing and gambling.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “The U.S. boat manufacturers passed on the construction of large sailing catamaran, as it was not view as a profitable market. I also learn from U.S. salesmen for Beneteau Group (who own Lagoon) that the France government had made available tax relief for this vessel type and class allowing it to be made in France. If I were a U.S. boat builder back then, looking at this market size, I too would let someone else build the vessel and focus all my resources to a more production volume vessel for the U.S. market.”

Dated: July 10, 2001.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

[FR Doc. 01-17581 Filed 7-12-01; 8:45 am]

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