Maritime Security Program payments are paid to vessels operating in U.S.
Vessels include containerships and Roll-on/Roll-off vessels(RO/RO), tankers and heavy lift ships will be eligible in FY 2008-2015.
The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
As of January 1, 2007, 60 ships were enrolled in the program.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Vessel's Operations restricted to U. S. foreign trade.
citizens and operators of U.S.
flag vessels .
Ownership and operation of vessels and facilities useful to the United States in time of war or national emergency.
Ownership of U.S. documented vessels.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Solicitation for applications in the Federal Register.
Office of Sealift Support and the Department of Defense review applications against criteria established in the Maritime Security Act of 2003.
As published in application solicitation.
The Maritime Security Act of 2003, Public Law 108-136.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
90 Days from closing of application.
Decisions concerning administration of the Maritime Security Program will be referred to the Maritime Administrator.
Program is based on 1-year contracts renewable each year subject to funding not to extend past fiscal year 2015.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Program provides for payment of up to $2.6 million per vessel per year for FY 2006-2008, $2.9 million for FY 2009-2011, and $3.1 million for FY 2012-2015.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year contracts, renewable yearly, payable in monthly installments.
Post Assistance Requirements
Vouchers on a monthly basis.
Maritime Security Program subject to both internal and external audit. These audits will be made by the Office of the Inspector General (DOT) in accordance with the General Accounting Office guidelines, "Standards for Audit of Government Organizations, Programs, Activities and Functions," and additional OMB guidance.
Vouchers on a monthly basis.
(Direct payments) FY 07 $154,440,000; FY 08 $156,000,000: and FY 09 $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$2.6 million per vessel per year (FY 2006-2008). $2.9 million per vessel per year (FY 2009-2011). $3.1 million per vessel per year (FY 2012-2015).
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
46 CFR Part 296.
Regional or Local Office
Director, Office of Sealift Support, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-2323.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
(1) Vessel is required to maintain U.S.-flag presence in foreign commerce and/or necessary for meeting military sealift requirements; (2) Applicant possesses operational expertise and intermodal assets useful to the United States in meeting its sealift requirements; (3) Maritime Security Program participants are required to commit sealift and intermodal capacity to the Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP), approved by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF).