The Administrator adopted and made available a form allowing tanker operators to apply for and become an agreement („request and agreement to participate in the voluntary agreement on tankers“). The form contains, by reference, the provisions of this agreement. While the news was positive for U.S. flag operators and U.S. shipyards, the Senate bill received a less enthusiastic response from U.S. port stakeholders. While the House of Representatives Bill, passed by the House of Representatives in June 2019, contained $225 million for the Port Infrastructure Development Program and $15 million for the Short Sea Transportation Program (America`s Marine Highways), the Senate version proposes only $91.6 million and $7 million for both programs. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has expressed concern about Senate budget cuts and will seek to support House of Representatives funding levels when the bill travels to the conference to resolve disputes between the House of Representatives and Senate versions. However, another expense account may be required before these differences can be corrected. Having written this column, the current fortaum resolution expires on 21 November 2019, which is likely to be the subject of a new ceasefire. Intermodal capacity includes dry cargo vessels, equipment, terminals and intermodal management services. Ship operators willing to voluntarily enter into visas simply register their vessel in the program and make it available at DoD`s request. In order to maximize resources and minimize disruptions to U.S.
commercial operations, visa can activate its fleet of vessels in three stages, each level being a higher percentage of intermodal capacity commitment (as defined by DoD). Similarly, the Cable Security Program would attempt to register two U.S.-flagged cable ships to meet national security requirements. In exchange for an annual grant of $5 million, ships should use „wired services“ and be included in an emergency agreement to provide ships and related resources to meet the needs of the Department of Defence (DoD). While both programs went before the House of Representatives in July 2019, it is unclear how they will be treated at conferences with the Senate. one. Chemical tankers and tankers in dirty trade can only contribute to the capacity of clean tankers if they have been certified that they can meet DoD quality standards to transport refined petroleum products to meet DoD requirements. 1. The Attorney General may, after consulting with the President of the FTC, SecTrans, amend this agreement in writing through his representative MARAD and secDef through his representative, Commander USTRANSCOM. The Administrator, Commander USTRANSCOM and participants may at any time amend this agreement by mutual agreement, but only in writing, with the agreement of the Attorney General and the President of the FTC. Potential for new and expanded programsThe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for GJ 2020, which continues to stall in the Senate due to partisan differences over the use of military means for the border wall and other issues, nevertheless contains a number of exciting opportunities for the U.S. maritime community. The bill would re-approve the MSP, extend the program to GJ 2035 and increase the annual purse to $5.3 million per ship from GJ 2022 (with additional escalators in FYs 2026, 2029 and 2032).