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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 Start Printed Page 6320the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel MARQUISATE.


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 March 13, 2002.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-11476. 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 are 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: MARQUISATE. Owner: Alpha 59, Inc.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length: 59.0 Breadth: 16.0 Depth: 7.7; Capacity: Not more than twelve (12) passengers; Tonnage: Gross—48, Net—38.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “The intended use of the vessel is carrying twelve (12) passengers for hire” “The navigable waters (i.e.: rivers, canals, etc.) and waterways of the Continental United States, including the ICW.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1979. Place of construction: Fumicino, Italy.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “The impact on other commercial passenger vessel operations should be slight, if not totally non-existent, since my intended route involves being underway for extended periods of time, and few people have that luxury. The only operation that I could possibly conflict with, would be cruise ships, and with the limited size, capacity and duration of each trip, I sincerely believe that my business would pose no problem at all.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “Boat builders in the Florida Keys usually construct vessels much smaller in length than mine. The passengers usually remain on deck so it is not necessary for individual cabins, etc. The boat builders can predict that the vessels they build will be used for commercial fishing, or charter vessels which go as far as 38 nautical miles, if that; at least in the Keys. Vessels are just not in demand for the type of usage that my vessel would be used in.”

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Dated: February 5, 2002.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Murray A. Bloom,

Acting Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-3261 Filed 2-8-02; 8:45 am]