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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 ALTAR.

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 September 11, 2002.

ADDRESSES:

Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-13048. 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.

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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: ALTAR. Owner: Monument Yacht Charters, LLC.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “The size of the vessel is 67.3 feet over all. The capacity of the vessel is ten passengers. The tonnage of the vessel is 48GRT (44NRT).”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant:

The primary use of the vessel is for private use only. Secondarily the vessel maybe, but not intended for, charter. The geographic region of intended operation in The East Coast of the U.S., primarily New England in the summer months and Puerto and Caribbean through out the winter.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1994. Place of construction: Oyster Marine at Landamores Yacht Builders in Wroxham Norfolk England.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “The current operation of the vessel is for the private use only. The use of the vessel will change very little if the waiver is granted. The addition of one to two charters per year will be added to the operation. This will have an unperceivable impact on the commercial passenger vessel operators, as these charters would be to the friends and business associates of the owner.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “This waiver will have a positive impact on U.S. shipyards, as there will be a greater incentive for the vessel to return to U.S. waters each year. This will mean that all yard work will be done in the U.S. increasing the work for U.S. shipyards.”

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Dated: August 6, 2002.

By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-20366 Filed 8-9-02; 8:45 am]

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