At the top of MARAD`s strategic maritime operations is the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), about 100 state ships waiting in reserve to provide additional national or international logistical support, usually cargo ships and tankers. d. Inform the administrator of the capacity that each participant controls and who is able to meet the requirements of the unexpected. 3. “Clean tankers” and “clean tonnages” are DLA Energy Quality Assurance Representatives (QAR) controlled tankers capable of meeting DoD quality standards and capable of transporting refined petroleum products. (1) Any agency that receives payments under the MSP will at any time be a participant in all tankers registered in the MSP until the date on which the MSP operating contract is established in accordance with 46 United States. C 53104 (a). This participation must meet the requirement that a MSP participant participate in an emergency preparedness program approved by SecDef, in accordance with 46 U.S.C 53107. In accordance with the authority contained in Section 708 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA) as amended (50 U.S.C 4558), the Maritime Administrator (Administrator) developed this Voluntary Tanker Agreement (VTA) after consultation with the Ministry of Defence (DoD) and representatives of the oil tanker industry. The agreement sets out the conditions and procedures under which participants voluntarily agree to make available to DoD Tanker.
The agreement also provides participants with the defence of civil and criminal acts in cases of antitrust violations during the implementation of the agreement. The agreement aims to establish a close working relationship between the administrator, the commander, the U.S. Transportation Command (the doD-designated representative for this agreement) and the participants, in order to meet DoD`s requirements and the needs of the civil economy through cooperative action. The agreement provides participants with the flexibility to meet defence requirements and adapt their business operations to minimize disruption where possible. Please contact the author if you have any questions about the VTA or Tanker Security Fleet or if you are interested in commenting on the draft contract. Cozen O`Connor`s maritime lawyers, whose unrivalled direct oversight – and client management on all aspects – of MSP, VISA and MARAD authorities are ready to help you manage these emerging opportunities in the U.S. oil tanker market. B. Determining the commercial refuelling force that can be used to meet DoD`s requirements for unforeseen events and, as requested by USTRANSCOM, exercises and special movements; This agreement may be activated at the request of the commander of USTRANSCOM, with secDef`s permission, to assist emergency response in the event of an emergency capacity of tankers. A tanker capacity emergency is considered an emergency if the USTRANSCOM captain finds that the refuelling capacity required to support U.S. forces` operations outside the continental United States cannot be delivered to the commercial charter market, in accordance with existing laws and regulations or other voluntary agreements.