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Certifications and Exemptions under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972

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AGENCY:

Department of the Navy, DoD.

ACTION:

Final rule.

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SUMMARY:

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 without 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.

DATES:

This rule is effective May 2, 2008 and is applicable beginning March 10, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Commander Robb Hyde, 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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the Department of the Navy amends 32 CFR part 706. This rule will revise various sections of 32 CFR part 706 previously amended by 72 FR 72946 on December 26, 2007.

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. 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.

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List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Navy Department amends part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

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PART 706-CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972

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1. The authority citation for part 706 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1605.

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2. Section 706.2 is amended by removing paragraphs 22 and 23 following Table Five and adding a new paragraph 22 under Table Four, to read as follows:

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Certifications of the Secretary of the Navy under Executive Order 11964 and 33 U.S.C. 1605.
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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).

Table Four

VesselNo.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
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USS FREEDOMLCS 10.39 meter.
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Approved: April 22, 2008.

M. Robb Hyde,

Commander, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).

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[FR Doc. E8-9669 Filed 5-1-08; 8:45 am]

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