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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 RAVEN.


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 October 1, 2001.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-10507. 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: RAVEN. Owner: Alexander Mann.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “37.8′ LOA; 20.7′ Beam; 3.1′ Draft; 20 Gross Tons (Certificate of Documentation U.S.C.G.); 16 Net Tons (Certificate of Documentation U.S.C.G.)”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “The intended use for this sailing vessel is to provide 3 hour to five-day sightseeing charters* * * for twelve or fewer passengers.” “Operating from the Florida coast, including the Florida Keys, and Gulf of Mexico coastline.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1996. Place of construction: France.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “We would like to begin operating in Marco Island Florida. The population triples in the winter and demand appears to be excellent (one of the corporations operating an inspected vessel added an additional craft). Approval of this waiver will have minimal impact on other operators because of the very large market available. This vessel would be the only owner-operated sailboat in the area. We are dedicated to providing customers with an intimate and fun adventure in the beautiful waters and atmosphere, which surrounds the Ten Thousand, Islands. Our 38-foot cruising catamaran is equipped to provide great hospitality and the capacity to tailor every trip to the needs of our passengers. We are able to offer Eco-trips in the backwaters and are determined to provide the most personal sailing experience on the Gulf of Mexico.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “This vessel will have only a positive impact on U.S. shipyards. The vessel will be upgraded and maintained by U.S. yards.”

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Dated: August 27, 2001.

By order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-21984 Filed 8-30-01; 8:45 am]