MARAD proposes rule change to America’s Marine Highway Program

The U. S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) proposes to revise in full Title 46 Part 393 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which concerns the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). 

Click here to view the Revision of the America’s Marine Highway Program Regulations, a Proposed Rule by the Maritime Administration published in the Federal Register.

A synopsis of the proposed changes follows:

  • Updates the rule to reflect the legislative changes to the program in the 2012 Coast Guard legislation and the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act
  • Renames corridors, connectors and crossings as “routes” for purposes of simplicity
  • Adds more definitions, including short sea shipping, program office, cargo and freight. The last two were critical as freight and cargo aren’t defined elsewhere in Title 41, MARAD’s governing legislation 
  • Expands and clarifies the definition of AMHP-eligible cargo to include discrete units or packages that are handled individually, palletized or unitized, as well as freight vehicles carried aboard commuter ferry boats 
  • Adds a requirement for the project sponsors to provide updates on project status
  • Expands the eligibility criteria for services and routes that may participate in AMHP. It also clarifies criteria for Project Designation and Route Designation and discusses the evaluation process.
  • Adds a sunset clause for projects: this would allow for removal of designation status for dormant projects

Interested parties are directed to submit and view comments here.

Comments must be received on or before March 13.

Maritime Editorial