Department of the Navy, DoD.
The Department of the Navy is amending its certifications and exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with certain provisions of the 72 COLREGS Start Printed Page 72946without interfering with its special function as a naval ship. The intended effect of this rule is to warn mariners in waters where 72 COLREGS apply.
This rule is effective December 26, 2007 and is applicable beginning November 19, 2007.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Commander Gregg A. Cervi, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Navy, 1322 Patterson Ave., SE., Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066, telephone 202-685-5040.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the Department of the Navy amends 32 CFR part 706. This amendment provides notice that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) is a vessel of the Navy which, due to its special construction and purpose, cannot fully comply with the following specific provisions of 72 COLREGS without interfering with its special function as a naval ship: Annex I, paragraph 2(a)(i), pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light at a height not less than 12 meters above the hull; Annex I, paragraph 3 (a), pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light in the forward quarter of the ship and the horizontal distance between the masthead lights shall not be less than one-half of the length of the vessel; Annex I, paragraph 2(i)iii, pertaining to the three lights in the task light array being equally spaced; Rule 27, paragraph (b) ii, pertaining to the three all-round lights in a vertical line where they can best be seen. The Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has also certified that the lights involved are located in closest possible compliance with the applicable 72 COLREGS requirements.
Moreover, it has been determined, in accordance with 32 CFR Parts 296 and 701, that publication of this amendment for public comment prior to adoption is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to public interest since it is based on technical findings that the placement of lights on this vessel in a manner differently from that prescribed herein will adversely affect the vessel's ability to perform its military functions.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 706-CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 706 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Table One, of § 706.2 is amended by adding, in alpha numerical order by ship number, the following entry for USS FREEDOM:End Amendment Part
|Vessel||Number||Distance in meters of forward masthead light below minimum required height. Annex I, para 2(a)(i)|
|* * * * * * *|
|USS FREEDOM||LCS 1||5.99|
|* * * * * * *|
3. Table Five of § 706.2 is amended by adding, in alpha numerical order by ship number, the following entry for USS FREEDOM:End Amendment Part
|Vessel||No.||Masterhead lights not over all other lights and obstructions, annex I, sec.2(f)||Forward Masthead light not in forward quarter of ship. annex I, sec. 3(a)||After Mast-head Light less than 1/2 ship's length of forward masthead light. annex i, sec. 3(a)||Percentage horizontal separation attained|
|* * * * * * *|
|USS FREEDOM||LCS 1||X||X||23|
|* * * * * * *|
4. Section 706.2 is amended by adding paragraphs 22 and 23 following Table Five to read as follows:End Amendment Part
22. On the following ships the vertical separation of the task lights do not meet the vertical spacing requirements described by Annex I, 2(i)(iii). Start Printed Page 72947
|Vessel||Number||Vertical separation of the task light array is not equally spaced, the separation between the middle and lower task light exceed the separation between the upper and middle light by|
|USS FREEDOM||LCS 1||0.39 meter.|
23. On the following ships the verticality of the task lights do not meet verticality requirements described in Rule 27(b)(ii).
|Vessel||Number||Verticality of lights, when viewed from directly port or starboard, the lower task light is out of alignment with the upper and middle task light by:|
|USS FREEDOM||LCS 1||0.37 meter.|
Approved: November 19, 2007.
Commander, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Acting.
[FR Doc. E7-24934 Filed 12-21-07; 8:45 am]
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