[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 93 (Friday, May 13, 2022)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29360-29361]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-10246]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2022-0274]


Certificate of Alternative Compliance for the CGMA CGM DAKA

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 U.S. Coast Guard Fourteenth 
District Prevention Division has issued a certificate of alternative 
compliance from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions 
at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS), for the CGMA CGM DAKA (IMO 9436070). We are 
issuing this notice because its publication is required by statute. Due 
to the construction and placement of the forward cargo crane creating a 
blind sector 1,000 meters immediately ahead of the bow of the vessel 
over a range of approximately 1-2 degrees, CGMA CGM DAKA cannot fully 
comply with the light, shape, or sound signal provisions of the 72 
COLREGS without interfering with the vessel's design and construction. 
This notification of issuance of a certificate of alternative 
compliance promotes the Coast Guard's marine safety mission.

DATES: The Certificate of Alternative Compliance was issued on 14 
February 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information or questions about 
this notice call or email Mr. George Butler, District Fourteen (dpi), 
U.S. Coast Guard; (808) 535-3415, [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 \1\ and Coast Guard regulation,\2\ a 
vessel's owner, builder, operator, or agent may

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apply for a certificate of alternative compliance (COAC) and may 
instead meet alternative requirements.\3\
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    \1\ 33 U.S.C. 1605(c).
    \2\ 33 CFR 81.3.
    \3\ 33 CFR 81.5.
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    For vessels of special construction or purpose, the cognizant Coast 
Guard District Office in which the vessel is being built or operated 
determines whether the vessel for which the COAC is sought complies as 
closely as possible with the 72 COLREGS, and the Chief of the 
Prevention Division decides whether to issue the COAC which must 
specify the required alternative installation. If the Coast Guard 
issues a COAC, under the governing statute \4\ and regulations,\5\ the 
Coast Guard must publish notice of this action. Once issued, a COAC 
remains valid until information supplied in the COAC application or the 
COAC terms become inapplicable to the vessel.
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    \4\ 33 U.S.C. 1605(c).
    \5\ 33 CFR 81.18.
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    The Fourteenth District Prevention Division, U.S. Coast Guard, 
certifies that the CGMA CGM DAKA (IMO 9436070) is a vessel of special 
construction or purpose, and that, with respect to the position of the 
forward cargo crane creating a blind sector 1,000 meters immediately 
ahead of the bow of the vessel over a range of approximately 1-2 
degrees, 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 the vessel. The U.S. 
Coast Guard Fourteenth District Prevention Division further finds and 
certifies that the construction and placement of the forward cargo 
crane creating a blind sector 1,000 meters immediately ahead of the bow 
of the vessel over a range of approximately 1-2 degrees, are in the 
closet possible compliance with the applicable provisions of the 72 
COLREGS.\6\
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    \6\ 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: April 25, 2022.
Ulysses S. Mullins,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief, Prevention Division, Fourteenth Coast 
Guard District.
[FR Doc. 2022-10246 Filed 5-12-22; 8:45 am]
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