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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 the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel JEANNE PIERRE II.


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 August 5, 2002.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-12684. 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: JEANNE PIERRE II. Owner: James K. Pearson and Sarah Peck Pearson.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “LOA 44′3″; Beam: 13′10″; Draft: 5′9″; Displacement Tonnage: 23,550 lbs; Capacity: Maximum of 6 passengers Start Printed Page 44927plus 2 crew or total of 8 persons on board.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “* * * uninspected vessel engaged in crewed sight seeing charters on the inside coastal waters of Washington State—specifically Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Straits of Juan DeFuca as far west as Cape Flattery; crewed charters to British Columbia from the coastal waters of Washington State; crewed charters from British Columbia to the coastal waters of Washington State; and crewed charters on the Inside Passage to and including the coastal waters of Southeast Alaska.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1993. Place of construction: St. Hilaire, France.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “We would not compete with any commercial ferry services which transport persons from one location to another for a fee. Most of our charters would leave from and return to the same location, although some would be point to point. There are a few small, individual, independent operators in both Washington and Southeast Alaska that take guests on crewed sailing charters or crewed sailing vacations as we propose to do. With baby boomers and retirees, the market is large and the variation in charter specialties (ie. Sport fishing, diving, nature educations, gourmet meals, learn to sail cruises, etc.) great enough that we don't believe our sight seeing cruises would adversely affect existing operators.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “We don't believe this application will have any impact on US Shipyards.”

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Dated: June 28, 2002.

By order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-16773 Filed 7-3-02; 8:45 am]