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Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel TEXAS CREWED.
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 18, 2002.
Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2002-13142. 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: TEXAS CREWED. Owner: David Michael Wells.
(2) Size, capacity and tonnage of vessel. According to the applicant: “Gross tonnage is 29 Tons, 26 Net Tons, 46 feet in length overall.”
(3) Intended use for vessel, including geographic region of intended operation and trade. According to the applicant: “Intentions are to charter for hire with not more than 12 passengers. Geographic region to include if authorized, all Florida coastal waters and U.S. Virgin Islands Coastal waters.”
(4) Date and Place of construction and (if applicable) rebuilding. Date of construction: 1978. Place of construction: Caching, Republic of Taiwan.
(5) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on other commercial passenger vessel operators. According to the applicant: “I believe impact on other passenger vessels within this region to be negligible, as there appears to be more business in the environment than operators can handle. It is difficult to determine the number of existing operators within the applied for regions. Apparently there are not enough based on the regular occurrence of invitations I receive to sail for hire.”
(6) A statement on the impact this waiver will have on U.S. shipyards. According to the applicant: “U.S. Shipyards and boatyards will benefit from this venture in the area of TEXAS CREWED's normal haul out schedule of 1 year to 18 months for cleaning and anti fouling renewal. Increased wear and tear from charter operations will undoubtedly result in more extensive and frequent haul outs thus increasing revenue gains to local U.S. shipyard and repair facilities.”Start Signature
Dated: August 14, 2002.
By order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 02-21008 Filed 8-16-02; 8:45 am]
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