Maritime Security Fleet Program

To maintain a U.S.-flag merchant fleet crewed by U.S.

mariners to serve both the commercial and national security needs of the United States.

Examples of Funded Projects

Maritime Security Program payments are paid to vessels operating in U.S.

foreign commerce.

Vessels include containerships and Roll-on/Roll-off vessels(RO/RO), tankers and heavy lift ships will be eligible in FY 2008-2015.

Agency - Department of Transportation

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.

Program Accomplishments

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


citizens and operators of U.S.

flag vessels .

Beneficiary Eligibility

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

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Solicitation for applications in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

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.

Assistance Considerations

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters 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).

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