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Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws

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Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

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Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel HOVER-ONE.


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 June 3, 2002.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-12205. 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: HOVER-ONE. Owner: AEGIS, Inc.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “9 Net Tons * * * Dimensions: With Skirts inflated, and in full flight—38′ L x 18′ W; With skirts deflated, an off hover—36.5 L x 14′ W; Height on Hover—11.8′; Passenger Compartment—18′ L x 6.8′ W x 5.8′ H”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant:“Passenger and Cargo Transportation in Shallow Water Harbor and Riverine Areas. Operation restricted to within 3 miles of shoreline. Area of Operation will be in Tampa Bay, FL.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: January 1999. Place of construction: Kenora, Canada.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant:“As there are no other operators of commercial hovercraft of this tonnage in the U.S., there is no negative impact on local charter boat operators. Additionally, this hovercraft will be used primarily as a water taxi, of which Tampa Bay is in expressed (by both Tampa and Saint Petersburg) need.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant:“This hovercraft will have no negative impact on U.S. domestic shipyards, in that none are currently, nor have future plans to be, engaged in the construction of Skirted Air Cushion vehicles. Hovercraft are more like aircraft than boats, and do not employ water-planing hulls. They fly on a cushion of air, over both land and water, across deserts, ice, etc.”

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Dated: April 30, 2002.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-11032 Filed 5-2-02; 8:45 am]