Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.
Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel SEA DRAGON.
As authorized by Public Law 105-383 and Public Law 107-295, 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 brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket 2003-16338 at http://www.dms.dot.gov. 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 November 24, 2003.
Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2003 16338. 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://www.dmses.dot.gov/submit/. All Start Printed Page 60775comments 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://www.dms.dot.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael Hokana, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, MAR-830 Room 7201, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-0760.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel SEA DRAGON is:
Intended Use: “June through September the vessel will carry passenger for hire in the Buffalo harbor and along the southern shores of Lake Erie between Buffalo N.Y. and Cleveland OH with not more than 6 passengers. October through June the vessel will charter along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico mainly from Tarpon Springs Florida on the Gulf Coast to Key West, the Florida Keys, Bahamas and the coast of Maine. Owner's personal recreational use.”
Geographic Region: “The Great Lakes, the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.”Start Signature
Dated: October 17, 2003.
By order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-26767 Filed 10-22-03; 8:45 am]
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