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Petition of Ocean World Lines, Inc., for a Rulemaking To Amend and Expand the Definition and Scope of “Special Contracts” To Include All Ocean Transportation Intermediaries; Reopening of Comment Period; Oral Presentations

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Ocean World Lines, Inc. (“Petitioner”) has petitioned for the issuance of a rulemaking pursuant to 46 CFR 502.51. Petitioner seeks a rulemaking to address and evaluate the impact of the Commission's rules governing Ocean Transportation Intermediaries (“OTIs”). Specifically, Petitioner seeks a rulemaking that would expand the definition and scope of the term “special contracts” to include all OTIs in the same manner as currently applied to ocean freight forwarders (46 CFR 515.41(c)). The period for the filing of comments in response to the petition closed on October 10, 2003.

The Commission has determined to re-open the comment period. Interested persons are requested to submit views or arguments in reply to the petition, or in reply to comments already received, no later than January 16, 2004. Comments shall consist of an original and 15 copies, and shall be directed to the Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20573-0001. It is Start Printed Page 65289also requested that a copy be submitted in electronic form (WordPerfect, Word or ASCII) on diskette, or e-mailed to

The Commission has also determined to permit interested persons to make oral presentations in this proceeding. At the discretion of individual Commissioners, interested persons may request one-on-one meetings at which they may make presentations describing their views on the petition. Any meeting or meetings shall be completed before the close of the comment period. A summary or transcript of each oral presentation will be included in the record and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission within 5 days of the meeting. Persons wishing to make oral presentations should contact the Office of the Secretary to secure contact names and numbers for individual Commissioners.

The Commission has determined to waive the service requirements found at 46 CFR 502.114(b). Instead, copies of all filed comments, and copies of summaries or transcripts of oral presentations, may be viewed on the Commission's web page at

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By the Commission.

Bryant L. VanBrakle,


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[FR Doc. 03-28918 Filed 11-18-03; 8:45 am]