Ship Sales


To sell by competitive bids, merchant ships which become surplus to the needs of the Government.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 06/10/2005 (Program has been inactive.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods.
Program Accomplishments
Twelve ships were sold for scrapping in fiscal year 2001. One ship was donated to States for sinking as artificial fish reefs. Five ships are expected to be sold for scrapping, three ships are expected to be sold under special legislation for operation, and it is anticipated that one vessel will be donated to a State for sinking as artificial fish reef in fiscal year 2001.
Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended; Sections 508 and 510(i), Public Laws 74-835, 92-402, and 95-177, 101-595, and 103-451 as amended; Public Law 98-133, 46 U.S.C. 1158.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Those who have a need for ships for dismantling purposes may purchase ships under competitive bids. States may be conveyed ships for sinking as artificial fish reefs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Those who have a need for ships for dismantling purposes or for sinking as artificial fish reefs.
Affidavits of citizenship, statements of operating, and financial capabilities.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Write to the Maritime Administration for invitations to bid.
Award Procedure
As noted in invitations to bid.
As noted in invitations to bid.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 120 days after bid opening.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Special uses such as for artificial fish reefs or for dismantling purposes. Restrictions preclude use of ships for transporting cargo or passengers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Documentation that ships have been put to the uses for which purchased. Reports are to be submitted after work accomplished.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Inquiries should be directed to Headquarters Office. Invitations to bid can be obtained from the Maritime Administration Headquarters Office.
Headquarters Office
Director, Office of Ship Operations, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366-1875.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Value of ship sales) FY 02 $0; FY 03 $0; and FY 04 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
41 CFR 101-45.105.2.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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