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Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 Amendment

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AGENCY:

Department of the Navy, DOD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special functions as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 3, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Captain Richard T. Evans, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Navy, 1322 Patterson Ave., SE, Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066, Telephone number: (202) 685-5040.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the Department of the Navy amends 32 CFR Part 706. This amendment provides notice that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with the following specific provisions of 72 COLREGS: Annex I, section 3(a), pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light in the forward quarter of the ship and the horizontal distance between the forward and after masthead lights, without interfering with its special functions as an amphibious assault ship. The Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General of the Navy (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has also certified that the lights involved are located in closest possible compliance with the applicable 72 COLREGS requirements.

Moreover, it has been determined, in accordance with 32 CFR Parts 296 and 701, that publication of this amendment for public comment prior to adoption is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to public interest since it is based on technical findings that the placement of lights on this vessel in a manner differently from that prescribed herein will adversely affect the vessel's ability to perform its military functions.

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List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706

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Marine safety, Navigation (water), and Vessels.

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Accordingly,

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PART 706—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1605.

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2. Table Five of § 706.2 is amended by revising the following entry for USS IWO JIMA:

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Certifications of the Secretary of the Navy under Executive Order 11964 and 33 U.S.C. 1605.
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Table Five

VesselNo.Masthead lights not over all other lights and obstructions. annex I, sec. 2(f)Forward masthead light not in forward quarter of ship. annex I, sec. 3(a)After masthead light less than \1/2\ ship's length aft of forward masthead light. annex I, sec. 3(a)Percentage horizontal separation attained
USS IWO JIMALHD 7XX41.5
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Dated: April 3, 2002.

Richard T. Evans,

Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).

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[FR Doc. 02-9169 Filed 4-15-02; 8:45 am]

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