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Re: Docket No. 2004-1
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As a builder of small passenger vessels and an associate member of the Passenger Vessel Association(PVA), Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, submits these comments on Version 2 of the draft accessibility guidelines for passenger vessels.
As one of the most advance builders of passenger vessels in the US we have always taken a proactive approach to access for passengers with disabilities. Fortunately many of our customers share our views and are already well ahead of the competition by providing appropriate access. However certain areas of the latest draft go beyond what we feel is reasonable for access on board small passenger vessels.
Please refer to the detailed comments submitted by the Passenger Vessel Association as to specific portions of the draft guidelines. The following concepts are important:
The Passenger Vessel Association has a successful record of proactively addressing regulatory issues however the industry must remain financially viable to provide passengers with disabilities the variety of safe and competitive opportunities for transportation and leisure activities that are provided by the small passenger vessel industry.
Please carefully consider the comments of the Passenger Vessel Association.
Peter J. Duclos
Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corp.
One Riverside Avenue • Box 300 • Somerset, MA 02726-0300, USA,(GMT-5) • Tel. (01) 508-676-8596 Fax.(01) 508-672-1873
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