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Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the Tug Boat LA FORCE

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Coast Guard, DHS.




The Coast Guard announces that a Certificate of Alternative Compliance was issued for the tug boat LA FORCE as required by 33 U.S.C. 1605(c) and 33 CFR 81.18.


The Certificate of Alternative Compliance was issued on May 15, 2009.


The docket for this notice is available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may also find this docket on the Internet by going to, inserting USCG-2009-0433 in the “Keyword” box, and then clicking “Search.”

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If you have questions on this notice, call CWO2 David Mauldin, District Eight, Prevention Division, U.S. Coast Guard, telephone 504-671-2153. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

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Background And Purpose

The tug boat LA FORCE will operate as part of an articulated tug and barge (ATB). Due to the design of the vessel, it would be difficult and impractical to build a supporting structure that would put the side lights within 3.5′ from the greatest breadth of the Vessel, as required by Annex I, paragraph 3(b) of the 72 COLREGS and Annex I, Section 84.05(b), of the Inland Rules Act.

The Certificate of Alternative Compliance allows for the placement of the side lights to deviate from requirements set forth in Annex I, paragraph 3(b) of 72 COLREGS, and Annex I, paragraph 84.05(b) of the Inland Rules Act.

This notice is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C. 1605(c), and 33 CFR 81.18.

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Dated: June 11, 2009.

J.W. Johnson,

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief, Inspections and Investigations Branch, By Direction of the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.

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[FR Doc. E9-20243 Filed 8-21-09; 8:45 am]