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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 SEBIM.

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 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.

DATES:

Submit comments on or before May 17, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-12095. 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 Start Printed Page 18982all 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: SEBIM. Owner: Port Monmouth Enterprises Inc.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “She is 45.5′ in length and measures 18 tons gross, 16 net * * * She is capable of carrying twelve (12) persons.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “It is our hope to cruise aboard SEBIM along the east coast for part of every year and our intention would be to supplement our incomes by chartering SEBIM occasionally as a six passenger day charter vessel or carry overnight guests. As SEBIM is a classic schooner rigged yacht, we would also like to participate in sail training activities such as OpSail or ASTA events from time to time.” “Our cruising/charter areas of operation will hopefully be from the Maine coast as far south as the east and west coasts of Florida and the Keys, including the waters of Cape Cod, Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, the Intracoastal waterway, and our home waters of New York City and Sandy Hook Bay.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1973. Place of construction: Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “Overall, given the casual and part time nature of our proposed enterprise, I do not foresee any measurable impact on other commercial operators, most of whom operate well above the six passenger limit.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “The occasional presence of another six passenger, uninspected vessel would be insignificant and would certainly have no impact on the U.S builders of these large passenger schooners or their operators.”

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Dated: April 12, 2002.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-9317 Filed 4-16-02; 8:45 am]

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