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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 KEY PLAYER.


As authorized by Public Law 105-383 and Public Law 107-295, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Start Printed Page 28319Administration (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 brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket 2003-15220 at 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, in accordance with Public Law 105-383 and MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003), 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 in that business, a waiver will not be granted. 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.


Submit comments on or before June 23, 2003.


Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2003-15220. 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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Michael Hokana, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR-830 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-0760.

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As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel KEY PLAYER is:

Intended Use: “New Jersey to Florida. One example season may be:

a. June-September: Daytrips (maximum one per week) for 6 passengers or less to view and instruct sail racing rules and tactics at weekly BBYRA sailboat races on Sundays on Barnegat Bay NJ. Occasional sightseeing trips to points of interest along ICW.

b. October & May: Occasional (highly unlikely, but possible) sightseeing trips for 6 passengers or less to view points of interest along the East Coast ICW.

c. November—April: Possible occasional (once or twice per month) “picnic” daytrips in and about Florida Bay.”

Geographic Region: “New Jersey to Florida. One example season may be:

a. June-September: NJ ICW, primarily Toms River and Barnegat Bay, NJ.

b. October & May: Various points between Long Island Sound and Florida Keys, as we bring the boat slowly south in October and north in May.

c. November-April: SW Florida, mostly between Charlotte Harbor and the Keys.”

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Dated: May 20, 2003.

By order of the Maritime Administrator.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-13020 Filed 5-22-03; 8:45 am]