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Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

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Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.


Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel HAGGAI.

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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.


Submit comments on or before May 8, 2000.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2000-7166. 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​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

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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 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: HAGGAI Owner: Jeffrey White

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel: According to the Applicant “HAGGAI is 33.5 feet long with a breadth of 11.7 feet and a depth of 6.2 feet. Her gross tonnage is 13 tons. Tonnage was measured pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 14502 specifications.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “I intend to use this vessel to conduct evening, 1-day, or weekend charters which will simply involve sunset viewing, exploring local harbors and islands, and occasionally trolling a fishing line. It is not my intention to conduct a fishing charter business. The region in which I would like to operate is the coastal waters of Massachusetts, specifically between Gloucester and Boston.”

(4) Date and place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1979, place of construction: Taiwan, Republic of China.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “Considering the type of activities I intend to conduct, and the area in which I intend to conduct them, I am confident that if this waiver is granted it will have no adverse effects upon commercial passenger vessel operators. The vessels operating in my area are: large whale watch vessels, commercial fishing vessels, large fishing charter vessels, and sport-fishing charter vessels.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “The granting of this waiver will not affect the business of U.S. shipbuilders adversely. Ultimately, not granting this waiver will however, because it is my intention to start my operation using HAGGAI and use the profits to help fund the eventual purchase of a U.S. built sailing vessel to conduct my business. Considering the activities I plan to pursue, a U.S. built sailing vessel would best suit my needs, however, my current financial situation is impeding my goal. I see the use of HAGGAI to begin this endeavor as my only viable option. As stated, the granting of this waiver will have only a positive affect on U.S. shipbuilders. To my knowledge, there is no business operating in my area which will be affected by the granting of this waiver.”

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Dated: March 31, 2000.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 00-8423 Filed 4-5-00; 8:45 am]