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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 Stevie Sunshine.


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 22, 2001.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-10634. 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 Start Printed Page 48508requirements 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: Stevie Sunshine. Owner: Costanza Contracting of Delaware, Inc.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length Overall: 60′1″; Displacement: Tonnage—Gross: 49 Tons; Net: 33 Tons”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “The M/V Stevie Sunshine is intended for hourly, daily, and overnight private charter, as well as, extended charter use in both private party charter and the sportfishing tournament circuit to include all U.S. coastline waters up to and including 100 miles offshore and all inland waters. This vessel will be in full compliance with all Federal Regulations (to include the required number of trained and licensed captains and mates).”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1987. Place of construction: Monnickendam, Netherlands.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “It is our opinion that this waiver will have no appreciable impact on any charter operator, regardless of their base of operation, because we do not plan to be in any existing market long enough to affect that market. Our intention is to cater to the sportfishing tournament circuit, with hourly, daily and/or overnight charters. Our Charter operation would serve to compliment the local charter operator, as well as, the local shipyards due to our purchase of bait, tackle, and supplies in general, thus, stimulating the local economy for the period of time that we were in a port of call.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “This waiver will have no negative, but in fact, a positive economic impact on U.S. shipyards. Costanza Contracting of DE, Inc., has already spent approximately, $250,000.00 since purchase this year (2/19/01), on improving this vessel. All of this work has been undertaken at U.S. shipyards and marinas. The owner intends to continue to improve this vessel and anticipates that all future improvements, repairs, and upgrades will continue to be undertaken in U.S. shipyards and marinas.”

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Dated: September 13, 2001.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-23507 Filed 9-19-01; 8:45 am]