Maritime Security Fleet Program or Ship Operations Cooperation Program

The MSP helps sustain a fleet of 60 active, commercially viable, militarily useful, privately-owned vessels operating under U.S.

registry to meet national defense and other security requirements.

Participating operators are required to make their ships and commercial transportation resources
available upon request by the Secretary of Defense during times of war or national emergency.

Address and promote innovation in transportation of cargo, through identification, development, and application of methods, equipment, facilities and techniques with U.S.

? based companies and organizations involved in marine and intermodal transportation.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The 60 ships in the MSP received payments up to $3.5 million per ship during 2016 for operation in U.S.

international trade.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

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

Fiscal Year 2016: Maintained full authorized 60 ships in MSP, six of the 60 ships were replaced with newer, more modern ships. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Vessel's Operations restricted to U. S. foreign trade.

Public purpose of support and promotion of new concepts for the carriage of cargo, improve communications, share technology, improve transportation security and research.

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Solicitation for applications in the Federal Register; None.

Award Procedures

MARAD Office of Sealift Support and the U.S. Transportation Command review applications against criteria established in the Maritime Security Act of 2003.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


The Maritime Security Act of 2003; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, Public Law 108-136; Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2015; NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017, P.L. -112-239; 1122, Section 212(f), Public Law 112-238.

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, and not to extend past fiscal year 2025.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One year contracts, renewable yearly, payable in monthly installments. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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 monthly.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 16 $210,000,000; FY 17 est $299,940,000; and FY 18 est $5,000,000 - (Direct payments) FY 16 $3.5mil per ship/annually = $210,000.00 annual; FY 17 $ $4,999,950.00 per ship/annually = $ annual; FY 2018 $5,000,000.00 per ship/annually = $300,000.00 mil annual.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Authorized $3.1 million per vessel per year (FY 2012-2015); $3.5 million (FY 2016); $4.999 (FY2017); $5.0 million (FY 2018-20); $5.23 million (FY 2021); and $3.7 million (FY2022-2025).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

46 CFR Part 212(f).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

William McDonald 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E. , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-5076

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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