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Department of the Navy, DoD.
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 MINNESOTA (SSN 783) 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.
This rule is effective March 28, 2013 and is applicable beginning March 11, 2013.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lieutenant Jocelyn Loftus-Williams, (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 202-685-5040.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
This amendment provides notice that the DAJAG (Admiralty and Maritime Law), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS MINNESOTA (SSN 783) 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 vertical placement of the masthead light; Annex I, Section 2(f) (i), pertaining to Virginia class submarine masthead light location below the submarine identification lights; Annex I, paragraph 2(k), pertaining to the vertical separation of the anchor lights and vertical placement of the forward anchor light above the hull; Rule 30 (a) and Rule 21 (e), pertaining to arc of visibility of the forward and after anchor lights; Annex I, paragraph 3(b), pertaining to the location of the sidelights; and Rule 21(c), pertaining to the location and arc of visibility of the sternlight. 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 Start Printed Page 18847manner differently from that prescribed herein will adversely affect the vessel's ability to perform its military functions.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 706
- Marine safety
- Navigation (water), and Vessels
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the DoN amends part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:Start Part
PART 706—CERTIFICATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA, 1972End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 706 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Section 706.2 is amended as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
A. In Table One by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS MINNESOTA (SSN 783);End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
B. In Table Three by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS MINNESOTA (SSN 783); andEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
C. Section 706.2 is amended by adding paragraphs 25 and 26 following Table Four to read as follows:End Amendment Part
|Vessel||No.||Distance in meters of forward masthead light below minimum required height. § 2(a)(i), Annex I|
|* * * * *|
|USS MINNESOTA||SSN 783||2.76|
|* * * * *|
|Vessel||No.||Masthead lights arc of visibility; rule 21(a)||Side lights arc of visibility; rule 21(b)||Stern light arc of visibility; rule 21(c)||Side lights distance inboard of ship's sides in meters 3(b) annex 1||Stern light, distance forward of stern in meters; rule 21(c)||Forward anchor light, height above hull in meters; 2(K) annex 1||Anchor lights relationship of aft light to forward light in meters 2(K) annex 1|
|* * * * * * *|
|USS MINNESOTA||SSN 783||205.1°||4.37||11.05||2.8||0.30 below|
|* * * * * * *|
25. On the following ships the masthead light is located 0.81 meters below the submarine identification lights and does not meet the requirement described by Annex I, 2(f)(i).
|Vessel||No.||Distance in meters of masthead light below the submarine identification lights|
|USS VIRGINIA||SSN 774||0.81|
|USS TEXAS||SSN 775||0.81|
|USS HAWAII||SSN 776||0.81|
|USS NORTH CAROLINA||SSN 777||0.81|
|USS NEW HAMPSHIRE||SSN 778||0.81|
|USS NEW MEXICO||SSN 779||0.81|
|USS MISSOURI||SSN 780||0.81|
|USS CALIFORNIA||SSN 781||0.81|
|USS MISSISSIPPI||SSN 782||0.81|
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|USS MINNESOTA||SSN 783||0.81|
26. On the following ships the arc of visibility required by Rule 30(a) and Rule 21(e), for the forward and after lights may be obstructed through the following angles relative to the ship's heading due to the ship's sail.
|Vessel||No.||Obstruction angle relative to ship's heading|
|Forward anchor light||Aft anchor light|
|USS VIRGINIA||SSN 774||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS TEXAS||SSN 775||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS HAWAII||SSN 776||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS NORTH CAROLINA||SSN 777||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS NEW HAMPSHIRE||SSN 778||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS NEW MEXICO||SSN 779||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS MISSOURI||SSN 780||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS CALIFORNIA||SSN 781||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS MISSISSIPPI||SSN 782||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
|USS MINNESOTA||SSN 783||172° to 188°||359° to 1°|
Approved: March 11, 2013.
A. B. Fischer,
Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).
Dated: March 21, 2013.
C. K. Chiappetta.
Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2013-07224 Filed 3-27-13; 8:45 am]
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