Fiscal Year 2010 Budget In Brief

Maritime Administration

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has a threefold mission. MARAD programs advance: (1) economic growth by providing job-producing businesses with efficient transportation options to reach their suppliers and customers, (2) marine transportation that is sensitive to environmental impacts, and (3) a viable U.S. merchant marine that is vital to commerce, emergency response, and national security.

Maritime transportation contributes more than $10 billion per year to the economy. MARAD supports the maritime industry by working with shipping, shipbuilding, and port operations. MARAD’s Title XI and Assistance to Small Shipyards programs provide grants supporting the industry, which can be an engine for capacity and economic growth. The FY 2010 program includes a Presidential initiative for integrated planning with the Department of Homeland Security to inform development and modernization of inter-modal freight infrastructure linking coastal and inland ports to highway and rail networks.

MARAD’s Maritime Security Program and Ready Reserve Force program help ensure the readiness of sea-lift capacity to respond to national crises and Department of Defense mobilizations. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and State maritime academies educate and graduate merchant marine officers ready to serve the maritime industry and the Armed Forces.


(Dollars In Millions)

Total 1/
Operations & Training 122         123         123         153        
Assistance to Small Shipyards 10         17         17         0        
Assistance to Small Shipyards (ARRA) 0         0         100         0        
Ship Disposal 17         15         15         15        
Maritime Security Program 156         174         174         174        
Maritime Guaranteed Loans (Title XI) 8         4         4         4        
TOTAL 313         333         433         346        

Includes funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
For FY 2010, MARAD is requesting $346 million to carry out its organizational mission.

to Small
FY 2009 Base
123         17         15         174         4         333    
    Pay Inflation
3         0         0         0         0         3    
1         0         0         0         0         1    
    of FY 2009
1         0         0         0         0         1    
    Costs or
0         0         0         0         0         0    
    Base Re-
    Reductions or
-1         -17         0         0         0         -18    
FY 2010
127         0         15         174         4         320    
26         0         0         0         0         26    
FY 2010
153         0         15         174         4         346    

FY 2010 Budget

Operations and Training: The FY 2010 budget request includes $152.9 million, an increase of $29.5 million above the FY 2009 level, to support the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), State maritime academies, and MARAD operations. These programs support four DOT strategic goals: security, preparedness, and response; reduced congestion; global connectivity; and environmental stewardship. The budget request includes $74.5 million for the USMMA, $15.6 million for the State Maritime Academies, and $62.8 million for MARAD Operations.

The FY 2010 request includes a program increase of $15.0 million for a Presidential Initiative to support integrated planning with the Department of Homeland Security for development and modernization of inter-modal freight infrastructure linking coastal and inland ports to highway and rail networks, and $12.0 million for the USMMA for operational and capital improvements (including $7.2 million in capital improvement funds for deferred renovations of Mallory Pier, which is the Academy’s main ship mooring pier).

Ship Disposal: The maritime transportation industry is making important changes in its environmental stewardship, with increasing emphasis on sustainability. The FY 2010 budget request includes $15.0 million to remove obsolete ships from the National Defense Reserve Fleet for disposal, to support development and implementation of a risk mitigation plan for compliance with the National Invasive Species Act, and for testing and containment requirements related to the Clean Water Act. MARAD continues to pursue alternative disposal methods, such as artificial reefing initiatives, with other Federal agencies to promote transportation solutions that enhance communities and minimize any impact on the human and natural environment. The budget request also includes funding to continue nuclear license management for the inactive Nuclear Ship SAVANNAH. MARAD green programs will also work to advance compliance with new standards for air pollution control zones for ports and advance ballast water treatment technology.

Maritime Security Program: The FY 2010 budget request includes $174.0 million for the Maritime Security Program, which provides for payments of $2.9 million per ship, as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, supporting the DOT strategic goal of security, preparedness, and response. MARAD will continue to enroll a fleet of 60 active, militarily useful, privately owned vessels to meet national defense and other security requirements, and to maintain a U.S. presence in international commercial shipping. The Maritime Security Program, together with the Voluntary Inter-modal Sea-lift Agreement Program, the Ready Reserve Force and the War Risk Insurance program, assures DOD access to U.S.-flag commercial ships and crews during DOD mobilizations, and helps ensure the efficient flow of military cargo through commercial ports.

Ready Reserve Force: The Ready Reserve Force (RRF) is funded in the DOD budget, but managed by MARAD. RRF vessels provide sustainable capabilities for meeting national security and federal emergency response requirements. The RRF provides nearly one-half of the government-owned surge sea-lift capacity. The RRF program is administered under MARAD’s Vessel Operations Revolving Fund (VORF) account.

Maritime Guaranteed Loan Program (Title XI): The FY 2010 budget request includes $3.6 million, an increase of $0.1 million above the FY 2009 level, to support the Title XI guaranteed loan program in providing affordable financing opportunities to ensure that small and medium shipbuilders can build ship in the United States. The program supports capacity and reduced congestion. The FY 2010 request funds administrative program support for new and existing loans in the Title XI portfolio.

FY 2010 Budget Estimates (full document)