Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws
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-2008-0086 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 October 23, 2008.
Comments should refer to docket number MARAD-2008-0086. 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 versionof this document and all documents entered into this docket is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.regulations.gov.
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.
As described by the applicant the intended service of the vessel SERENDIPITY:
Intended Use:“Passenger service to/from various ports in the Puget Sound region (including Canada) to supplement existing service by other operators when such service is unable to meet the demand and to develop demand for new service (this will be especially important during the closure of the Hood Canal Bridge in 2009).
Geographic Region:“Washington State (Puget Sound and adjacent waters including Hood Canal, Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, etc.); and lower British Columbia.”
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).Dated: September 16, 2008.
By order of the Maritime Administrator.Leonard Sutter, Secretary, Maritime Administration.