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Tanker Security Program

The Tanker Security Program (TSP) will ensure that a core fleet of U.S.-based product tankers can operate competitively in international trade and enhance U.S. supply chain resiliency for liquid fuel products. The TSP will provide the Department of Defense with assured access to 10 U.S.-registered product tank vessels that may be used to supply the armed forces with fuel during times of armed conflict or national emergency.  

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with minor adjustments in the FY22 NDAA, required that the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, establish a fleet of active, commercially viable, militarily useful, and privately-owned product tank vessels to meet national defense and other security requirements. Congress appropriated funding for the TSP in the Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a Federal Register Notice (FRN) with an interim final rule to provide procedures to implement provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 authorizing the creation of a new TSP.  

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a Federal Register Notice soliciting applications for eligible candidates for possible participation in the TSP. This request for applications is issued in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The FRN requesting applications will provide application criteria, a deadline for submitting applications and other pertinent details.





FUEL TANKER STUDY – Unclassified Executive Summary | MARAD (

Last updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2023