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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 SEA CHATEAU.


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 December 31, 2001.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2001-11052. 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: SEA CHATEAU. Owner: Gregory Lewis.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “49′6″ over all length fiberglass catamaran sailboat sloop; 27′1″ beam, 3′9″ draft. Gross weight: 11 Tons pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 14502.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Intended use for vessel is for fully crewed day and term charters in the following regions:

A. Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands of Vieques and Culerba

B. Eastern and Atlantic Seaboard area from New England and as far South as South Florida. (the Long Island Sound, New England, and the surrounding Islands, Delaware Bay & Chesapeake Bay, Maryland's Eastern shore * * * as far south as Florida and the Florida Keys in the winter months.)”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1997. Place of construction: Cape Town, South Africa.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “Our vessel is a production made catamaran which we would like to bring and charter in the United States. There are NO U.S. made production catamarans that are direct competitors to this vessel. Although there are some luxury catamarans operating in the United States, the industry is very slight and I feel this will stimulate charter and the sailing industry into the United States waters. Due to the fact that we are a catamaran, we offer a totally different charter experience than a monohull sailboat, therefore we cater to a different market and would not be taking business way from existing monohull sailboats.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “I do not believe this waiver will have an adverse impact on U.S. shipyards as there are currently no shipyards producing this type of production catamaran vessel in the United States.”

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Dated: November 27, 2001. Start Printed Page 59839

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 01-29765 Filed 11-29-01; 8:45 am]