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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               (Docket 2-93)

 Foreign-Trade Zone 2--New Orleans, LA; Application for Permanent Subzone,
 Equitable Shipyard Facility (Trinity Marine Group, Inc.), New Orleans, LA

                          Monday, February 8, 1993

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans (the Port), 
grantee of FTZ 2, requesting permanent special-purpose subzone status at the 
Equitable Shipyard shipbuilding facility located in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-
Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the 
Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally filed on January 21, 1993.

The shipyard (38 acres/500 employees) is located on the Inner Harbor-
Navigation Canal at 4325 France Road, New Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The
facility, which is owned by the Port and operated by Trinity Marine Group,
Inc. (TMG), Gulfport, Mississippi, is used in the construction, repair and
conversion of commercial and military vessels for domestic and
international customers. Foreign components used at the Equitable yard
include propulsion nozzles, marine gear, switchboards, pump units, winches, 
alarm cable, and anchors.

The Board approved temporary subzone status for the shipyard in 1992
(Subzone 2G, Board Order 573, 57 FR 13695, 4-17-92) for a period ending
April 1, 1994, for the purpose of completing construction of a vessel that
was transferred from FTZ Subzone 92A in Escatawpa, Mississippi. This
application requests authority for permanent subzone status at the
shipyard, subject to the standard shipyard restriction which limits zone 
procedures in regard to steel mill products.

Zone procedures will help TMG reduce production costs and compete
internationally for new contracts. Most of the foreign-sourced components
are subject to duties, which range from 2.0 to 5.7 percent, while the
finished products--oceangoing vessels--are duty free.
In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 50790-50808,
10- 8-91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been appointed examiner to 
investigate the application and report to the Board.

Public comment on the application is invited from interested parties.
Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to the Board's
Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their
receipt is April 9, 1993. Rebuttal comments in response to material
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the
subsequent 15-day period (to April 26, 1993).

A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be available
for public inspection at each of the following locations:
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
432 World Trade Center, 2
Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 71030.

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: January 26, 1993.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.

(FR Doc. 93-2839 Filed 2-5-93; 8:45 am)