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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 TULSA (LCS 16) 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 December 26, 2017 and is applicable beginning December 7, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lieutenant Commander Kyle Fralick, 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 TULSA (LCS 16) 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 height of the forward masthead light above the hull; 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; 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 light; Rule 27(b)(i) and Annex I, paragraph 9(b)(i), pertaining to the arc of visibility of middle tasks 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

  • Marine safety
  • Navigation (water), and Vessels
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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the DoN amends part 706 of title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations 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 by:

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a. In Table One, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS TULSA (LCS 16);

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b. In Table Four, under paragraph 15, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS TULSA (LCS 16);

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c. In Table Four, under paragraph 16, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS TULSA (LCS 16);

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d. In Table Four, under paragraph 27, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS TULSA (LCS 16); and

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e. In Table Five, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS TULSA (LCS 16).

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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 TULSALCS 164.2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
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Table Four

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VesselNumberHorizontal distances from the fore and aft centerline of the vessel in the athwartship direction
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
USS TULSALCS 16Upper—0.20 meters. Middle—1.32 meters. Lower—1.40 meters.
*         *         *         *         *         *         

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VesselNumberObstruction angle relative ship's headings
*         *         *         *         *         *         
USS TULSALCS 1672° thru 74°. 286° thru 288°.
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VesselNumberObstruction angle relative ship heading
*         *         *         *         *         *         
USS TULSALCS 1647° thru 59°. 301° thru 313°.
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Table Five

VesselNumberMastheadlights 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
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USS TULSALCS 16XX15.0
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Approved: December 7, 2017.

A.S. Janin,

Captain, USN, JAGC, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).

Dated: December 13, 2017.

E.K. Baldini,

Lieutenant Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2017-27759 Filed 12-22-17; 8:45 am]

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