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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.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Navy (DoN)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 (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3) 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 September 21, 2011 and is applicable beginning September 8, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Jaewon Choi, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Admiralty Attorney, (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 number: 202-685-5040.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to the authority granted in 33 U.S.C. 1605, the DoN amends 32 CFR part 706.

This amendment provides notice that the DAJAG (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3) 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 height of the forward masthead light above the hull; Annex I, paragraph 3(a), pertaining to the location of the forward masthead light, and the horizontal separation between the forward and after masthead lights; Annex I, paragraph 2(i)iii, pertaining to the spacing of the three lights in the task light array; Rule 27, paragraph (b)i, pertaining to the verticality of the three all-round task lights. The DAJAG (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 amends part 706 of title 32 of the CFR 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 as follows:

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A. In Table One, add, in alpha numerical order by vessel number, an entry for USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3);

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B. In Table Four, under paragraph 22 add, in alphanumerical order by vessel number, an entry for USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3);

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C. In Table Four, under paragraph 23 add, in alphanumerical order by vessel number, an entry for USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3); and

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D. In Table Five add, in alpha numerical order by vessel number, an entry for USS FORT WORTH (LCS 3).

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The additions read as follows:

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

VesselNumberDistance in meters of forward masthead light below minimum required height. § 2(a)(i) Annex I
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
USS FORT WORTHLCS 35.965
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
* * * * *

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Table Four

VesselNumberVertical 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 FORT WORTHLCS 30.41 meter

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VesselNumberVerticality of lights, when viewed directly from the port or starboard, the lower task light is out of alignment with the upper and middle task light in meters by:Verticality of lights, when viewed directly from the bow or stern, the lower task light is out of alignment with the upper and middle task light in meters by:
USS FORT WORTHLCS 30.21
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Table Five

VesselNumberMasthead 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 aft of forward masthead light. annex I, sec. 3(a)Percentage horizontal separation attained
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USS FORT WORTHLCS 3XX23
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Approved: September 9, 2011.

M. Robb Hyde,

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

Dated: September 13, 2011.

J.M. Beal,

Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-24188 Filed 9-20-11; 8:45 am]

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