Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the USNS HARVEY MILK and USNS EARL WARREN

Citation86 FR 17849
CourtCoast Guard, Homeland Security Department
Publication Date06 Apr 2021
Record Number2021-07038
Federal Register, Volume 86 Issue 64 (Tuesday, April 6, 2021)
[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 6, 2021)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 17849-17850]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2021-07038]
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                DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
                Coast Guard
                [Docket No. USCG-2021-0124]
                Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the USNS HARVEY MILK
                and USNS EARL WARREN
                AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
                ACTION: Notification of issuance of a certificate of alternative
                compliance.
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                SUMMARY: The Coast Guard announces that the Eleventh Coast Guard
                District's Prevention Division has issued a certificate of alternative
                compliance from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions
                at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), for the USNS HARVEY MILK (O.N. CG1473700)
                and USNS EARL WARREN (O.N. CG1473701). We are issuing this notice
                because its publication is required by statute. Due to the design and
                operation of the ship's whistles, USNS HARVEY MILK and USNS EARL WARREN
                cannot fully comply with the light, shape, or sound signal provisions
                of the 72 COLREGS without interfering with the design and construction
                of each vessel. This notification of issuance of a certificate of
                alternative compliance promotes the Coast Guard's marine safety
                mission.
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                DATES: The Certificate of Alternative Compliance was issued on March
                22, 2021.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information or questions about
                this notice call or email LT Amanda Garcia, District Eleven, Prevention
                Division, U.S. Coast Guard, telephone 510-437-3426, email
                [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The United States is signatory to the
                International Maritime Organization's International Regulations for
                Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), as amended. The
                special construction or purpose of some vessels makes them unable to
                comply with the light, shape, or sound signal provisions of the 72
                COLREGS. Under statutory law, however, specified 72 COLREGS provisions
                are not applicable to a vessel of special construction or purpose if
                the Coast Guard determines that the vessel cannot comply fully with
                those requirements without interfering with the special function of the
                vessel.\1\
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                 \1\ 33 U.S.C. 1605.
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                 The owner, builder, operator, or agent of a special construction or
                purpose vessel may apply to the Coast Guard District Office in which
                the vessel is being built or operated for a determination that
                compliance with alternative requirements is justified,\2\ and the Chief
                of the Prevention Division would then issue the applicant a certificate
                of alternative compliance (COAC) if he or she determines that the
                vessel cannot comply fully with 72 COLREGS light, shape, and sound
                signal provisions without interference with the vessel's special
                function.\3\ If the Coast Guard issues a COAC, it must publish notice
                of this action in the Federal Register.\4\
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                 \2\ 33 CFR 81.5.
                 \3\ 33 CFR 81.9.
                 \4\ 33 U.S.C. 1605(c) and 33 CFR 81.18.
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                 The Eleventh Coast Guard District's Prevention Division, U. S.
                Coast Guard, certifies that the USNS HARVEY MILK (O.N. CG1473700) and
                USNS EARL WARREN (O.N. CG1473701) are both vessels of special
                construction or purpose, and that, with respect to the operation of the
                ship's whistles, it is not possible to comply fully with the
                requirements of the provisions enumerated in the 72 COLREGS, without
                interfering with the normal operation, construction, or design of each
                vessel. The Eleventh Coast Guard District's Prevention Division, U.S.
                Coast Guard further finds and certifies that the operation of the
                ship's whistles, are in the closest possible compliance with the
                applicable provisions of the 72 COLREGS.\5\
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                 \5\ 33 U.S.C. 1605(a); 33 CFR 81.9.
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                 This notice is issued under authority of 33 U.S.C. 1605(c) and 33
                CFR 81.18.
                 Dated: March 30, 2021.
                G.A. Callaghan,
                Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief, Prevention Division, Eleventh Coast
                Guard District.
                [FR Doc. 2021-07038 Filed 4-5-21; 8:45 am]
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