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Extension for Expiring Concession Contracts

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National Park Service, Interior.


Public notice.


Pursuant to 36 CFR 51.23, public notice is hereby given that the National Park Service proposes to extend the following expiring concession permits, all at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, for a period of up to one year, or until such time as new contracts are executed, whichever occurs sooner.

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All of the listed concession permits, which authorize cruise ship entries into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, will expire by their terms on December 31, 2004. The National Park Service has determined that the proposed short-term extensions are necessary in order to avoid interruption of visitor services and has taken all reasonable and appropriate steps to consider alternatives to avoid such interruption. These extensions will allow the National Park Service to complete a Congressionally mandated Environmental Impact Statement related to vessel management at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, followed by issuing prospectuses leading to the competitive selection of concessioners for new long-term concession contracts covering these operations. The EIS is scheduled for completion in December 2003. A prospectus is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2004, allowing for contract award 16 months in advance of when the ships would enter the park.

Conc ID No.Concessioner name
CP-GLBA002-00Holland America Line Inc.
CP-GLBA003-00Princess Cruises, Inc.
CP-GLBA004-00Princess Cruises, Inc.
CP-GLBA005-00Holland America Line Inc.
CP-GLBA006-00World Explorer Cruises.
CP-GLBA007-00NCL Cruise Line Ltd.
CP-GLBA036-00Crystal Cruises, Inc.
CP-GLBA040-00Cruise West.
CP-GLBA046-00Celebrity Cruises, Inc.
CP-GLBA050-00Carnival Cruise Line.


June 30, 2003.


Cynthia Orlando, Concession Program Manager, National Park Service, Washington, DC 20040, Telephone 202/513-7156.

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Dated: May 6, 2003.

Richard G. Ring,

Associate Director, Administration, Business Practices and Workforce Development.

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[FR Doc. 03-13333 Filed 5-28-03; 8:45 am]