DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Department of the Navy
32 CFR Part 706
Certifications and Exemptions Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
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), under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Navy, has certified that USS PELELIU (LHA 5) 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 3(a) pertaining to the horizontal distance between the forward and aft masthead lights; Rule 21(a) pertaining to placement of masthead lights over the fore and aft centerline of the vessel; Annex I, paragraph 2(g) pertaining to the placement of sidelights above the hull of the vessel; Annex I, paragraph 2(i)(iii) pertaining to the vertical position and spacing of task 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), and Vessels.
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, amend part 706 of title 32 of the CFR 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:
33 U.S.C. 1605.
2. Section 706.2 is amended as follows:
A. In Table Two by revising the entry for USS PELELIU (LHA 5);
B. In Table Three by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS PELELIU (LHA 5); and
C. In Table Four, paragraph 22, by adding, in alpha numerical order, by vessel number, an entry for USS PELELIU (LHA 5).
Certifications of the Secretary of the Navy under Executive Order 11964 and 33 U.S.C. 1605.
Masthead lights, distance to stbd of keel in meters; Rule 21(a)
Forward anchor light, distance below flight dk in meters; § 2(K), Annex I
Forward anchor light, number of; Rule 30(a)(i)
AFT anchor light, distance below flight dk in meters; Rule 21(e), Rule 30(a)(ii)
AFT anchor light, number of; Rule 30(a)(ii)
Side lights, distance below flight dk in meters; § 2(g), Annex I
Side lights, distance forward of forward masthead light in meters; § 3(b), Annex I
Side lights, distance inboard of ship's sides in meters; § 3(b), Annex I
Masthead Lights arc of visibility rule 21(a)
Side light arc of visibility; rule 21(b)
Stern light arc of visibility; rule 21(c)
Side lights distance in board of ship's sides in meters 3(b) annex 1
Stern light, distance forward of stern in meters; rule 21(c)
Forward anchor light height above hull in meters; 2(K) annex 1
anchor lights relationship of aft light to forward light in meters (2K) annex 1