Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.
Invitation for public comments on a requested administrative waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel MEDEA.
As authorized by 46 U.S.C. 12121, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.-build requirement of the coastwise laws under certain circumstances. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. The complete application is given in DOT docket MARAD-2010-0113 at http://www.regulations.gov. Interested parties may comment on the effect this action may have on U.S. vessel builders or businesses in the U.S. that use U.S.-flag vessels. If MARAD determines, in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 12121 and MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR Part 388 (68 FR 23084; April 30, 2003), that the issuance of the waiver will have an unduly adverse effect on a U.S.-vessel builder or a business that uses U.S.-flag vessels in that business, a waiver will not be granted. Comments should refer to the docket number of this notice and the vessel name in order for MARAD to properly consider the comments. Comments should also state the commenter's interest in the waiver application, and address the waiver criteria given in § 388.4 of MARAD's regulations at 46 CFR Part 388.
Submit comments on or before February 7, 2011.
Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2010-0113. Written comments may be submitted by hand or by mail to the Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. You may also send comments electronically via the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. All comments will become part of this docket and will be available for inspection and copying at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., E.T., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An electronic version of this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.regulations.gov.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joann Spittle, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W21-203, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone 202-366-5979.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel MEDEA is:
Intended Commercial Use of Vessel: “The Maritime Museum of San Diego is a 501c non profit corporation, which owns and operates a variety of historical vessels, including the world's oldest active sailing vessel, the Star of India. To maintain this fleet every possible source of revenue must be pursued. In the current economy, donations to the museum have decreased considerably, but the cost of maintaining the ships has not. The Museum would like to offer a high end dinner cruise on the Medea, as a supplemental source of income to the Museum. The Medea is an elegant 1904 Edwardian steam yacht and is the only steam-powered yacht on the west coast. It was built as a private yacht, but was commandeered into Allied service in both World War I and II, and is probably the only ship still active that saw service in both wars. It is currently in excellent seaworthy condition, but the cost and effort to get it under way is considerable. As a result, the Museum does not intend to use the boat for regular passenger or charter service, but occasional high-end dinner cruises, to supplement our fund raising efforts. We do not anticipate these charters occurring more than 4 or 5 times a year. We understand that the passenger limit on such a cruise would be limited to 12.”
Geographic Region: “California only, limited to Southern California, south of Point Conception.”
Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 70; Pages 19477-78).Start Signature
Dated: December 13, 2010.
By Order of the Maritime Administrator.
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 2011-24 Filed 1-5-11; 8:45 am]
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