Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program

The Federal Ship Financing Program provides for a full faith and credit guarantee by the United States Government to promote the growth and modernization of the U.S. merchant marine and U.S. shipyards.

The program, established pursuant to 46 USC Chapter 537, provides for a full faith and credit guarantee by the U.S. Government of debt obligations issued by (1) U.S. or foreign shipowners for the purpose of financing or refinancing either U.S. flag vessels or eligible export vessels constructed, reconstructed or reconditioned in U.S. shipyards and (2) U.S. shipyards for the purpose of financing advanced shipbuilding technology and modern shipbuilding technology of a privately owned general shipyard facility located in the U.S. The Program is administered by the Secretary of Transportation acting by and through the Maritime Administrator.  Under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, appropriations to cover the estimated costs of a project must be obtained prior to the issuance of any approvals for Title XI financing.

Program Description
Program Requirements
Program Benefits and Fees

Pending Applications
Approved Applications


Title XI Application Forms:



U.S. Department of Transportation
Maritime Administration
Director, Office of Marine Financing
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
Phone: (202) 366-5744
Fax: (202) 366-7901

Ship Operations Cooperative Program
Maritime Research & Development
Inland Container on Barge
Intermodal Access to U.S. Ports and Marine Terminals