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LNG ship at the port
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LNG ship at the port
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Welcome to the Maritime Administration’s Deepwater Port Licensing for LNG and Oil Webpage

Welcome to the Maritime Administration’s Deepwater Port Licensing Program website for the licensing of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil import and export port facilities. This website describes the Deepwater Port Licensing Program and how it goes about fulfilling the requirements mandated in the Deepwater Port Act of 1974, as amended.

The Maritime Administration is charged with meeting the country’s maritime commercial mobility needs while supporting national security and protecting the environment. The Deepwater Port Licensing Program addresses all three of these goals by reducing the need for LNG and oil tankers to transit busy seaports, while maintaining a high level of security and providing a viable environmentally friendly fuel source.

The deepwater port licensing application process is clearly defined, time sensitive and designed to streamline the review and construction of LNG and oil deepwater ports. The Maritime Administration is committed to expediting the application process while striving to protect the nation’s environment, meeting our growing energy needs and improving waterborne transportation efficiencies.

The Maritime Administration works with Federal, State and local agency partners to ensure a comprehensive and efficient deepwater port licensing process. The concerns of State regulators, environmental organizations, marine industry groups and the public are given significant weight in the licensing process.  With several on-going deepwater port projects, the Maritime Administration continues its highly technical and intensive work of monitoring compliance of existing facilities, addressing licensing issues and processing new deepwater port license applications.

When finally licensed and operating, deepwater port facilities enable the United States to promote the global trade of natural gas and oil in an environmentally safe and efficient manner. This is a significant development in light of the fact that overseas and domestic exploration has resulted in the discovery of new natural gas resources.  Further, the Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas consumption in the United States will increase from 27.68 trillion cubic feet in 2016 to 34.62 trillion cubic feet in 2050.  Offshore LNG and oil facilities licensed by the Maritime Administration can provide efficient conduits through which valuable energy resources can flow to and from the United States.