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Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

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AGENCY:

Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION:

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

SUMMARY:

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 Start Printed Page 51995will 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.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before November 13, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-10780. 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.

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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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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.

Vessel Proposed for Waiver of the U.S.-Build Requirement

(1) Name of vessel and owner for which waiver is requested.Name of vessel: Sovereign of Malahide. Owner: Timothy B White.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length 64.0 ft. LOA; Breadth 18.7 ft.; Depth 7.0 ft.; Actual Weight 80.0 Tons.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Six (6) pack Seasonal Passenger charter in South East Alaska.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1973. Place of construction: Dublin, Ireland.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “A lengthy investigation has been performed on this topic matter and my conclusion, along with other operators in that market, is that there is a need and demand for this type of vessel of which there are few to fill the need and demand of high quality vessels of this length and appeal. Several of the leading Operators in that market have approached me with interest and the offer to participate and aid in the booking of such charter. This vessel will not adversely impact other existing operators.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “I purchased this vessel in 1999. I purchased it because it was a wooden ship and like none other I had ever seen. It was in a U.S. ship yard dry dock for two years undergoing complete and extensive refurbishment and improvement. This renewing process was in excess of one million dollars. This vessel was rebuilt or renewed to beyond conventional production standards. All documentation is available upon request to show that “American” labor and supplies were utilized in the renewing of this vessel. In its current condition experts have commented that it is the finest wooden ship in its class in the U.S.”

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Dated: October 5, 2001.

By order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-25595 Filed 10-10-01; 8:45 am]

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