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

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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 MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112) 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 March 5, 2012 and is applicable beginning February 22, 2012.

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.

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 MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112) 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(f)(i), pertaining to the placement of the masthead light or lights above and clear of all other lights and obstructions; Annex I, paragraph 2(f)(ii), pertaining to the vertical placement of task lights; Rule 21(a), pertaining to the arc of visibility of the forward masthead light; 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 forward and after masthead lights; and Annex I, paragraph 3(c), pertaining to placement of task lights not less than two meters from the fore and aft centerline of the ship in the athwartship direction. 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.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the CFR as follows:

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

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

Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1605.

2. Section 706.2 is amended as follows:

A. In Table Four, Paragraph 15 by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112);

B. In Table Four, Paragraph 16 by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112); and

C. In Table Five, by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG 112):

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

     Table Four

* * * * *

15. * * *

VesselNumberHorizontal distance from the fore and aft centerline of the vessel in the athwartship direction
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
USS MICHAEL MURPHYDDG 1121.90 meters
*         *         *         *         *         *         *

16. * * *

VesselNumberObstruction angle relative ship's headings
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
USS MICHAEL MURPHYDDG 112109.60 THRU 112.50 [degrees]
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
* * * * *

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 masthead light less than 1/2 ship's length aft of forward masthead light. Annex I, sec. 3(a)Percentage horizontal separation attained
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
USS MICHAEL MURPHYDDG 112XXX14.5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *

Approved: February 22, 2012.

M. Robb Hyde,

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

J.M. Beal,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-5090 Filed 3-2-12; 8:45 am]

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