Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.
Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel TAI-PAN.
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-2002-12685. 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 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: TAI-PAN. Owner: Tai-Pan Inc.
(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “The length is 67.0, breadth 19 and depth 4.6. Her tonnage is 29 gross, 26 net * * *
(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “We would like to be able to charter the vessel in the United States and possibly occasional trips to the Bahamas. The vast majority of the charters would center in the southwest section of Florida as she is based in Punta Gorda, Florida. Punta Gorda is approximately 60 miles south of Sarasota and 30 miles north of Ft. Myers, Florida.”
(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1987. Place of construction: Kowloon, Hong Kong.
(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “We do not know of another vessel of this type operating in our area of Southwest Florida. There is a commercial operator in Punta Gorda who takes out head boat cruises for sight seeing tours. However that is an entirely different operation from our occasional private live aboard 7 day charters that our guests usually prefer.”
(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “Since our vessel is 15 years old and lightly used in the occasional charter trade we can not see any adverse affect on US Shipyards. Rather we would expect a positive effect on the local maintenance yards if we are able to get more use out of the vessel.”Start Signature
Dated: June 28, 2002.
By order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 02-16774 Filed 7-3-02; 8:45 am]
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