Tuesday, September 27, 2022

MARAD Sends Tanker Security Program Interim Final Rule to OMB

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received from DOT’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) an interim final rule for “Tanker Security Program”. This rule supports the requirements of §3511 of the FY 2021 NDAA (PL 116-283, 134 STAT 4408). The new 46 USC Chapter 534 set forth in that legislation requires DOT, in coordination with DOD, to establish a ‘Tanker Security Fleet’ somewhat akin to the air reserve fleet that DOD can call upon in the event of a national emergency for airlift support. The TSP would provide for a fleet of tanker vessels that DOD could call upon for emergency fuel transport.

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