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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 VENTURE II.


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.


Submit comments on or before June 4, 2001.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-9585. 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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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: VENTURE II. Owner: Raymond W. Cayer.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length:44, breadth:13.7, draft:6', gross tons 22, 12 passengers”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant:

“I intend to use this sailing vessel to do long term charters along the eastern seaboard from Maine to the Virgin Islands and beyond. I don't have one particular place that I intend to work solely out of and I don't intend to do daily in/out charters though a one day charter might arise. I intend to work through local charter brokers who are eager to have such a vessel available to their clients. Term charters would be a weekend to a week long trip to different places. I don't have any one geographic area planned to base the vessels use out of. I would like to charter the vessel in the northeast waters in the summer months and down in the Virgin Islands in the winter months.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1982. Place of construction: Taiwan.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “I have spoken with local charter boat owners who all seem enthusiastic for my pursuit to try and make a living by taking people for an adventure sail. I have not received any negative responses regarding the introduction of this vessel's operation into the local charter business. According to the local charter brokers there is a shortage of qualified “captain” owned and operated vessels to serve the trade.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “The impact on US shipyards should be a positive one as I will be hauling and servicing the boat at local yards.”

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Dated: April 30, 2001.

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By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-11267 Filed 5-3-01; 8:45 am]