Coast Guard, DHS.
The Certificate of Alternative Compliance was issued on November 20, 2009.
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Background and Purpose
The offshore supply vessel MICHAEL G MCCALL will be used for offshore supply operations. Full compliance with 72 COLREGS and the Inland Rules Act would hinder the vessel's ability to maneuver within close proximity of offshore platforms. As a result, the forward masthead light may be located on the top forward portion of the Start Printed Page 68858pilothouse 21.41′ above the hull. Placing the forward masthead light at the height required by Annex I, paragraph 2(a) of the 72 COLREGS and Annex I, Section 84.03(a) of the Inland Rules Act would result in a masthead light location highly susceptible to damage when working in close proximity to offshore platforms.
Furthermore, the horizontal distance between the forward and aft masthead lights may be 11.88′. Placing the aft masthead light at the horizontal distance from the forward masthead light as required by Annex I, paragraph 3(a) of the 72 COLREGS and Annex I, Section 84.05(a) of the Inland Rules Act would result in an aft masthead light location directly over the aft cargo deck where it would interfere with loading and unloading operations.
The Certificate of Alternative Compliance allows for the vertical placement of the forward masthead light to deviate from requirements set forth in Annex I, paragraph 2(a) of 72 COLREGS and Annex I, Section 84.03(a) of the Inland Rules Act. In addition, the Certificate of Alternative Compliance allows for the horizontal separation of the forward and aft masthead lights to deviate from the requirements of Annex I, paragraph 3(a) of 72 COLREGS and Annex I, Section 84.05(a) of the Inland Rules Act.Start Signature
Dated: December 1, 2009.
Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief, Inspections and Investigations Branch, By Direction of the Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District.
[FR Doc. E9-30934 Filed 12-28-09; 8:45 am]
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