Non-retaliation Policy for Small Entities
Department of Transportation has a policy regarding the rights of small entities to regulatory enforcement fairness and an explicit policy against retaliation for exercising these rights. You may access the DOT policy here: http://www.dot.gov/regulations/rights-small-entities-enforcement-fairness-and-policy-against-retaliation
Contracts & Solicitations
The Maritime Administration utilizes the Federal Business Opportunitiesweb site (FedBiz Opps) to announce solicitations and requests for comments. The Maritime Administration also has its own Virtual Office of Acquisition web site.
Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP)
The purpose of the Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) is to address and promote commercial operations through the identification, development, and application of new methods, procedures, and technologies.
Cargo Preference Information
Cargo Preference is the reservation, by law, for transportation on U.S.-flag vessels, of all or a portion of all oceanborne cargo, which moves in international trade either as a direct result of the federal government’s involvement, or indirectly through financial sponsorship of a federal program, or in connection with a guarantee provided by the federal government.
Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program Information
The Title XI Federal Ship Financing Program provides for a full faith and credit guarantee by the United States government to promote the growth and modernization of the U.S. merchant marine and U.S. shipyards.