Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.
Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel GATO GO.
As authorized by Public Law 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 Public Law 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 July 22, 2002.
Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-12514]. 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 all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://dms.dot.gov.Start Further Info
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.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title V of Public Law 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: GATO GO. Owner: San Diego Multihull Charters, LLC.
(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length 44.5 ft., Beam 25.0 ft., Draft 4.0 ft., Height off water 60.0 ft., Tonnage: 8 tons net'
(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant:
General Chartering, Team Building and Business Meetings * * * Coast of California from Point Conception south to the Mexican border.”
(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1992. Place of construction: France.
(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “As a small recreational sailing vessel with room for a limited number of passengers, Gato Go will fill a specialty market in San Diego Bay and Southern California waters. This market will include limited day charters for 12 passengers or less, coastal cruising, corporate events, including team building, retreats, and other activities. There are several existing companies with sailing chargers aimed at larger groups, as well as large commercial companies taking groups of 50 or more * * * The present operators of commercial vessels are going well and the future looks good for market growth.”
(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “As a commercial vessel verses a recreational vessel, Gato Go will have many more Start Printed Page 42100days at sea and will therefore incur more usage of the local shipyards of San Diego to keep her in running order.”Start Signature
Dated: June 17, 2002.
By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 02-15623 Filed 6-19-02; 8:45 am]
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