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Marine Log

November 14, 2007

Marad seeks comments on foreign rebuilds

The U.S. Maritime Administration is seeking public comment on what standards it should apply when making determinations of foreign reconstruction of U.S.-built vessels that participate in the Capital Construction Fund program and foreign rebuilding of U.S.-built vessels that participate in the cargo preference program.

Comments are due January 14, 2008.

Marad suggesta that submitters of comments respond to the following questions:

1. What substantive standards should the Maritime Administration apply to determine whether a CCF vessel has been reconstructed or a cargo preference vessel has been rebuilt?

2. What procedures should the Maritime Administration adopt to investigate whether a CCF vessel has been reconstructed or a cargo preference vessel has been rebuilt?

3. What role, if any, should unrelated third parties, such as competitors or shipyards, play in developing a record for decision on whether a CCF vessel has been reconstructed or a cargo preference vessel has been rebuilt?

4. What public disclosure criteria should apply to the record for decision on whether a CCF vessel has been reconstructed or a cargo preference vessel has been rebuilt?

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