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

Link to law: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/text/raw_text/201/513/754.txt
Published: 2015-06-05

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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, as amended (72 COLREGS), to reflect that the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (DAJAG) (Admiralty and Maritime Law) has determined that USS DETROIT (LCS 7) 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 June 5, 2015 and is applicable beginning May 13, 2015.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Commander Theron R. Korsak, (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), of the DoN, under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS DETROIT (LCS 7) 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 forward masthead light at a height not less than 12 meters above the hull; 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. 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
Marine safety, Navigation (water), 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:
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 by:
a. In Table One, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS DETROIT (LCS 7); and
b. In Table Five, adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS DETROIT (LCS 7).
The additions read as follows:
§ 706.2
Table One
Vessel
No.
Distance in meters of forward
masthead light
below minimum
required height.
§ 2(a)(i) annex I
*******
USS DETROIT
LCS 7
6.80
*******
Table Five
Vessel
No.
Masthead 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 DETROIT
LCS 7
X
X
23.0
Approved: May 13, 2015.
A.B. Fischer,
Captain, JAGC, U.S. Navy, Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate, General (Admiralty and Maritime Law).
Dated: May 27, 2015.
P.A. Richelmi,
Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Alternate Federal Register Liaison Officer.
[FR Doc. 2015-13754 Filed 6-4-15; 8:45 am]
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