Maritime Administration's Noncompliance with Requirements of Merchant Marine Act of 1936

CED-78-31: Published: Jan 27, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 27, 1978.

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Maritime Administration (MarAd) documents and congressional reports were reviewed to determine if a comprehensive long-range program plan for replacements and additions to the merchant marine fleet has been developed in accordance with provisions of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. Although MarAd has performed numerous studies and developed many plans, a single, comprehensive, long range plan containing current and future vessel requirements has not been maintained. A plan meeting these requirements was prepared in 1969, but this plan was not updated until recently. MarAd has not been able to provide Congress with the type of data necessary to fully execute its oversight responsibilities. The Secretary of Commerce should direct the Assistant Secretary for Maritime Affairs to insure maintenance of a current plan containing present and future U.S.-flag capabilities and requirements.

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