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Tariff of Tolls

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AGENCY:

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls in their respective jurisdictions. The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the SLSDC and the SLSMC. The SLSDC is revising its regulations to reflect the fees and charges levied by the SLSMC in Canada starting in the 2006 navigation season, which are effective only in Canada. An amendment to increase the minimum charge per lock for those vessels that are not pleasure craft or subject in Canada to tolls under items 1 and 2 of the Tariff for full or partial transit of the Seaway will apply in the U.S. (See Supplementary Information.) The Tariff of Tolls is in effect in Canada. For consistency, because these are, under international agreement, joint regulations, and to avoid confusion among users of the Seaway, the SLSDC finds that there is good cause to make this U.S. version of the amendments effective upon publication.

DATES:

This rule is effective on March 24, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Craig H. Middlebrook, Acting Chief Counsel, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-0091.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls (Schedule of Fees and Charges in Canada) in their respective jurisdictions.

The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the SLSDC and the SLSMC. The SLSDC is revising 33 CFR 402.8, “Schedule of Tolls”, to reflect the fees and charges levied by the SLSMC in Canada beginning in the 2006 navigation season. Additionally, the SLSDC is revising 33 CFR 402.3, “Interpretation”, and 33 CFR 402.4, “Tolls”, to provide interpretations of two charges for vessels carrying new cargo on the Welland Canal and the MLO Section of the Seaway. With one exception, the changes affect the tolls for commercial vessels and are applicable only in Canada. The collection of tolls by the SLSDC on commercial vessels transiting the U.S. locks is waived by law (33 U.S.C. 988a(a)). Accordingly, no notice or comment was necessary on these amendments.

The SLSDC is amending 33 CFR 402.8, “Schedule of Tolls”, to increase the minimum charge per vessel per lock for full or partial transit of the Seaway from $20.00 to $20.40. This charge is for vessels that are not pleasure craft or subject in Canada to the tolls under items 1 and 2 of the Tariff. This increase is due to higher operating costs at the locks. Since this amendment would be applicable in the United States, interested parties were afforded an opportunity to comment on it in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published on February 14, 2006 (71 FR 7701). No comments were received.

Regulatory Notices

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Regulatory Evaluation

This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and therefore Executive Order 12866 does not apply and evaluation under the Start Printed Page 14807Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies and Procedures is not required.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination

I certify this regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence Seaway Regulations and Rules primarily relate to commercial users of the Seaway, the vast majority of whom are foreign vessel operators. Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels.

Environmental Impact

This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et reg.) because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.

Federalism

The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and has determined that this proposal does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment.

Unfunded Mandates

The Corporation has analyzed this rule under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48) and determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written statement of economic and regulatory alternatives.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review.

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List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 402

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Accordingly, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is amending

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PART 402—TARIFF OF TOLLS

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1. The authority citation for part 402 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 983(a), 984(a)(4) and 988, as amended; 49 CFR 1.52.

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2. Section 402.3 is amended by redesignating paragraphs (k) through (n) as (m) through (p) and revising newly designated paragraphs (m) through (p), and by adding new paragraphs (k) and (l) to read as follows:

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Interpretation.
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(k) New cargo—MLO Section means either containerized cargo or cargo which has not moved through the MLO Section in an average annual amount, over the navigation seasons 2001-2002-2003, greater than 10,000 metric tons.

(l) New cargo—Welland Canal means either containerized cargo or cargo which has not moved through the Welland Canal in an average annual amount, over the navigation seasons 2001-2002-2003, greater than 10,000 metric tons.

(m) Passenger means a person being transported through the Seaway who has paid a fare for passage.

(n) Pleasure craft means a vessel, however propelled, that is used exclusively for pleasure and does not carry passengers.

(o) Seaway includes all facilities and services authorized under Public Law 358, 83rd Congress, May 13, 1954, enacted by the Congress of the United States, as amended, (33 U.S.C. 981, et seq.) and the meaning ascribed to it under the Canada Marine Act.

(p) Vessel (“ship” in Canada) means every type of craft used as a means of transportation on water, except a vessel owned or employed by the Manager or the Corporation.

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3. Section 402.4 is amended by adding paragraphs (d) through (f) to read as follows:

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Tolls.
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(d) As part of the fees applicable under the New Cargo—Welland Canal and the New Cargo—MLO Section, once a cargo has qualified as new cargo, it will remain qualified for the navigation seasons 2006 and 2007.

(e) For a transit to be accepted under the New Cargo—Welland Canal or the New Cargo—MLO Section, more than 50% of the cargo carried on that transit for each section must qualify as new cargo.

(f) Barges transiting the Welland Canal together as one unit pulled by the same tug or tugs shall, for the purpose of calculating lockage fees, be deemed to be a combination unit and will pay lockage fees as a single barge.

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4. Section 402.8 is revised to read as follows:

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Schedule of tolls.
Column 1 Item—Description of chargesColumn 2 Rate ($) Montreal to or from Lake Ontario (5 locks)Column 3 Rate ($) Welland Canal—Lake Ontario to or from Lake Erie (8 locks)
1. Subject to item 3, for complete transit of the Seaway, a composite toll, comprising:
(1) a charge per gross registered ton of the ship, applicable whether the ship is wholly or partially laden, or is in ballast, and the gross registered tonnage being calculated according to prescribed rules for measurement or under the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969, as amended from time to time0.09470.1537.
(2) a charge per metric ton of cargo as certified on the ship's manifest or other document, as follows:
(a) bulk cargo0.98160.6504.
(b) general cargo2.36511.0408.
(c) steel slab2.14050.7451.
(d) containerized cargo0.98160.6504.
(e) government aid cargoN/AN/A.
(f) grain0.60300.6504.
(g) coal0.57950.6504.
(3) a charge per passenger per lock1.39541.3954.
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(4) a charge per lock for transit of the Welland Canal in either direction by cargo ships:
(a) loadedN/A519.40.
(b) in ballastN/A383.75.
2. Subject to item 3, for partial transit of the Seaway20 per cent per lock of the applicable charge under items 1(1) and (2) plus the applicable charge under items 1(3) and (4)13 per cent per lock of the applicable charge under items 1(1) and (2) plus the applicable charge under items 1(3) and (4).
3. Minimum charge per ship per lock transited for full or partial transit of the Seaway20.4020.40.
4. A rebate applicable to the rates of item 1 to 3N/AN/A.
5. A charge per pleasure craft per lock transited for full or partial transit of the Seaway, including applicable federal taxes 120.0020.00.
6. Subject to item 3, in lieu of item 1(4), for vessel carrying new cargo on the Welland Canal or returning ballast after carrying new cargo on the Welland Canal, a charge per gross registered ton of the ship, the gross registered tonnage being calculated according to item 1(1):
(a) loadedN/A0.1530.
(b) in ballastN/A0.1122.
7. Subject to item 3, in lieu of item 1(1), for vessel carrying new cargo on the MLO section or returning ballast after carrying new cargo on the MLO Section, a charge per gross registered ton of the ship, the gross registered tonnage being calculated according to item 1(1)0.0000N/A.
1 The applicable charge at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation's locks (Eisenhower, Snell) for pleasure craft is $25 U.S., or $30 Canadian per lock. The applicable charge under item 3 at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation's locks (Eisenhower, Snell) will be collected in U.S. dollars. The other amounts are in Canadian dollars and are for the Canadian Share of tolls. The collection of the U.S. portion of tolls for commercial vessels is waived by law (33 U.S.C. 988a(a)).
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Issued at Washington, DC, on March 17, 2006.

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Albert S. Jacquez,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. 06-2845 Filed 3-23-06; 8:45 am]

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