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

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2015; NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017, P.L. -112-239; 1122, Section 212(f), Public Law 112-238, U.S.C.
The Maritime Security Act of 2003; the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, Public Law 108-136, 46 U.S.C. Section 53101 et. seq.
The MSP provides participating carriers with annual per-ship retainer payments to maintain a fleet of 60 U.S. flag commercial vessels, active in international trade, and available “on-call” to meet U.S. Department of Defense requirements during times of war or national emergency. Public purpose of support and promotion of new concepts for the carriage of cargo, improve communications, share technology, improve transportation security and research.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
U.S. 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Solicitation for applications in the Federal Register; None.
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Vessel is required to maintain U.S.-flag presence in foreign commerce and/or necessary for meeting military sealift requirements; (2) Vessel must meet MARAD and USTRANSCOM requirements for both commercial viability and military usefulness; (3) Applicant possesses operational expertise and intermodal assets useful to the United States in meeting its sealift requirements; (4) Maritime Security Program participants are required to commit sealift and intermodal capacity to an Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP), as overseen by MARAD and approved by the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF).
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One year contracts, renewable yearly, payable in monthly installments. Not applicable
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
William McDonald
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590 US
Phone: (202) 366-5076
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$300,000,000.00; FY 19 est $300,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$299,997,000.00; FY 16$210,000,000.00; - (Direct payments) FY 16 $3.5mil per ship/annually = $210,000.00 annual; FY 17 $ $4,999,950.00 per ship/annually = $299,997.00mil annual; FY 2018 $5,000,000.00 per ship/annually = $300,000.00 mil annual; FY 19 $5,000,000.00 per ship/annually = $300,000.00 mil annual(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18 FY 19 FY 20 -
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).
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.


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