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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 36-90] 
                                  55 FR 35915 
                               September 4, 1990 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 124 -- LaPlace, LA, (Gramercy Customs Port of Entry),
Application for Subzone, North American Shipbuilding, Inc., Lafourche 
Parish, LA  
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the South Louisiana Port Commission (SLPC), grantee of FTZ 
124, requesting special purpose subzone status for the shipyard facilities 
of North American Shipbuilding, Inc. (NASI) in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, 
adjacent to the Gramercy Customs port of entry. 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 August 21, 1990. 
   The shipyard is located on 14 acres at Industrial Road and Highway 308 in
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The facility employs 200 persons and is used 
for the construction and repair of commercial, military and research 
vessels. A 300 ft. Antarctic research vessel with icebreaking capacities is 
currently under construction for lease to the National Science Foundation. 
Up to 20 percent of the components for the vessel are sourced abroad 
including diesel engines and engine parts, pumps, gears, cranes, other deck 
machinery and equipment, navaigation equipment, propellers, compressor 
parts, articles of iron/steel, and other electronic equipment. 
   Zone procedures will help NASI reduce production costs on its current 
orders and compete internationally for new contracts. Most of the imported 
components are subject to duties, which range from 0 percent to 10 percent, 
while the finished products, as oceangoing vessels, are duty free.  
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director Foreign-
Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Joel 
R. Mish, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423 
Canal Street, suite 244, New Orleans, LA 70130-2341; and, Colonel Richard 
V. Gorski, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New Orleans, P.O. 
Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before October 22, 1990.
   A copy of the application is 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 70130. 

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
   Dated: August 27, 1990. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 90-20703 Filed 8-31-90; 8:45 am]