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Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws


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


As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, 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 brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD-2011-0077 at 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, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR Part 388 (68 FR 23084, April 30, 2003), 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 in that business, a waiver will not be granted. 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.


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Submit comments on or before July 20, 2011.

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Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2011-0077. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at 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


Joann Spittle, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W21-203, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-5979, E-mail


As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel MOKSHA is:

Intended Commercial use of Vessel:“Premium charters marketed on an ad hoc basis to high-end clientele. In Washington, DC, trips would consist of a river cruise on the Potomac or Anacostia Rivers but there may be some overnight cruises in other locations, possibly up to one week in duration. For a day cruise we would have a maximum of 12 passengers, for overnight we would accommodate a maximum of 6 guests. Charters would be arranged depending on the level of interest and schedule. The primary use of this vessel would remain recreational.”

Geographic Region:“District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida.”

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Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78).

By Order of the Maritime Administration.

Dated: June 9, 2011.

Christine Gurland,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

[FR Doc. 2011-15149 Filed 6-17-11; 8:45 am]


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