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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 ARVOR.


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 September 11, 2002.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-13052. 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 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: ARVOR. Owner: Mark Tyler Sheldon.

(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Length; 63 feet; Gross 70 tons, Net 56 tons; Beam: 18.2 feet; Draft 9.2 feet.”

(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Classic Wooden Motor Yacht Charter Cruises. Day charters for up to 12 persons, and overnight charters for up to 8 persons. Cruising in waters from Marblehead, Massachusetts, to Bass Harbor, Maine, no more than 20 miles out, U.S.”

(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of Start Printed Page 52513construction: 1962. Place of construction: Buckie, Scotland, U.K.

(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “My research (defined as maritime publications and local knowledge) has indicated there are little or no similar Classic Wooden Motor Yacht chartering entities of this type in the cruising areas previously described in question #3. My research has further indicated that the operation of existing operators in previously described areas include whale and/or specific nature watches, fishing excursions, and 2-4 hour type sightseeing tours. The intent of the applicant/vessel is to provide its passengers with the experience of cruising on a classic wooden yacht. This experience includes the ambiance of the yacht itself, overnight accommodations if so chartered, and meals or snacks, depending on the length of charter.”

(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “To the best of my knowledge, the above described vessel would appear to have no impact on U.S. shipyards, other than her own maintenance.”

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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. 02-20367 Filed 8-9-02; 8:45 am]