Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.
Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel TOP DOG.
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-2001-9584. 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.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kathleen Dunn, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR-832 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-2307.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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. Start Printed Page 22638
Vessel Proposed for Waiver of the U.S.-build Requirement
(1) Name of vessel and owner for which waiver is requested. Name of vessel: TOP DOG. Owner: Lauren Burch.
(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “30 foot Californian Gross tons 12 Net tons 9.”
(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Vessel will be used for 6 passenger charter use in Southeast Alaska. Fishing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, transportation.”
(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: Unknown. Place of construction: Builder unknown.
(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “There will be no impact on other commercial passenger vessel operators. I already operate a vessel, and can only operate one at a time. There will be zero impact beyond what is already being experienced. There are several hundred charter boats in southeast Alaska. Most do hourly or day trips. A few dozen do multiple day trips with 6 or more passengers. I do multiple day trips for groups of 2-4. I know of no other boats that cater to small groups that do not wish to go on larger party boats. I occasionally do one day trips through the internet. Most of the day boat fleet work through the cruise ships.”
(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “The vessel will have no impact on U.S. shipyards. It is a small fiberglass boat that will never know the inside of a shipyard. I anticipate that it will spend the remainder of its life here in southeast Alaska, and continue to have work done on it locally.”Start Signature
Dated: April 30, 2001.
By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 01-11268 Filed 5-3-01; 8:45 am]
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