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Marine Log

March 28, 2007

Request to use foreign-flag AHTS's in Alaskan waters

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) has published a notice in the Federal Register saying that it has received a request seeking permission to charter foreign-flag ice-class anchor handling vessels adjacent to the coast of Alaska. The two foreign-flag anchor handling vessels (TOR VIKING, Swedish-flag 9199622, and the FENNICA, Finnish-flag 9043615) would operate in the Beaufort Sea or Chukchi Sea adjacent to Alaska, under certain conditions, and for a limited period of time. Section 705 of Pub. L. 109-347 allows the use of foreign-flag vessels in this regard if MARAD determines that U.S.-flag vessels are not suitable or reasonably available.Those interested in providing suitable and available U.S.anchor handling vessels should contact the Maritime Administration by April 27