Acceptance of Applications for the Award of Two Maritime Security Program Operating Agreements, 68104-68105 [2016-23823]

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[FR Doc. 2016–23771 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration Acceptance of Applications for the Award of Two Maritime Security Program Operating Agreements Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of application period for the Maritime Security Program. AGENCY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is issuing this request for applications for eligible vessels to enroll in two Maritime Security Program (MSP) Operating Agreements, subject to the availability of appropriations, in accordance with the provisions of the Maritime Security Act of 2003, Public Law 108–136, div. C, title XXXV, as amended by Section 3508 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Public Law 112– 239 (NDAA 2013). The MSP maintains a fleet of active, commercially viable, militarily useful, privately owned vessels to meet national defense and other security requirements and to maintain a United States presence in international commercial shipping. This request for applications provides, among other things, application criteria and a deadline for submitting SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00149 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 applications for vessel enrollment in the MSP. Applications for the enrollment of two vessels must be received no later than November 2, 2016. Applications should be submitted to the address listed in the ADDRESSES section below. DATES: Application forms and instructions are available on the MARAD Web site at http:// www.marad.dot.gov/ships-andshipping/strategic-sealift/maritimesecurity-program-msp/. Applications shall be addressed to the Director, Office of Sealift Support, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W25–310, Washington, DC 20590. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. McDonald, Director, Office of Sealift Support, Maritime Administration, (202) 366–0688. For military utility questions, call Mr. Tim Boemecke, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), (618) 220– 1452. Section 53102(a) of Title 46, United States Code, directs the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary), in consultation with the Secretary of Defense (SecDef), to establish a fleet of active, commerciallyviable, militarily-useful, privatelyowned vessels to meet national defense and other security requirements. Payments to participating operators are subject to the availability of appropriations and are limited to the following amounts: $3.5 million per ship for FY 2016, $4.99995 million per ship for FY 2017, $5.0 million per ship for FY 2018 through 2020, $5.233463 million per ship for FY 2021, and $3.7 million per ship for FY 2022 through FY 2025. Consistent with the National Security Requirements section below, participating operators are required to make their commercial transportation resources available upon request by SecDef during times of war or national emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Application Criteria The NDAA 2013 amended the procedures in 46 U.S.C. 53103(c) for awarding new MSP Operating Agreements. Namely, it established a revised priority system whereby applications would first be evaluated on the basis of vessel type, as determined by Department of Defense (DOD) requirements, with secondary consideration then provided to the citizenship status of the applicant. E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 191 / Monday, October 3, 2016 / Notices Vessel Requirements Acceptable vessels for these MSP Operating Agreements must meet the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53102(b) and 46 CFR 296.11. In addition, the Commander, USTRANSCOM, has established DOD general evaluation criteria on the military requirements for eligible MSP vessels. Priority consideration, consistent with the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53103(c), will be given to applications providing for enrollment of the following vessel types in order of priority: 1. Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) Vessels. 2. Multi-Purpose/Heavy Lift Vessels. 3. Geared Container Ships. 4. All other vessel types, which will be considered after all applications for the above listed vessels types have been reviewed. For each individual application, the offered vessel’s class society vessel-type designation will serve as the primary factor in determining the priority category in which the vessel is placed. National Security Requirements Successful applicants will be required to enter into an Emergency Preparedness Agreement (EPA) pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 53107. The EPA incorporates the terms of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement (VISA), available in 79 FR 64462 (October 29, 2014). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Documentation Vessels must be documented in the United States under 46 U.S.C. chapter 121 prior to being eligible for MSP payments. Further, proof of U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation and all relevant charter and management agreements must be approved by MARAD before the vessel will be eligible to receive MSP payments. If a vessel being considered is not currently under U.S. documentation, MARAD requires information regarding the time line proposed that would bring the vessel under U.S. Coast Guard documentation. Vessel Operation Vessels under MSP Operating Agreements shall be operated exclusively in foreign commerce as defined in 46 U.S.C. 53101(4) or in permissible mixed foreign commerce and domestic trade as provided by 46 U.S.C. 53105(a)(1)(A). 17:56 Sep 30, 2016 Jkt 241001 Award MARAD does not guarantee the award of MSP Operating Agreements in response to applications submitted under this Notice. In the event that no awards are made or an application is not selected for an award, the applicant will be provided with a written reason why the application was denied, consistent with the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53103(c). Protection of Confidential Commercial or Financial Information If the application includes information that the applicant considers to be a trade secret or confidential commercial or financial information, the applicant should do the following: (1) Note on the front cover that the submission ‘‘Contains Confidential Commercial or Financial Information (CCFI)’’; (2) mark each affected page ‘‘CCFI’’; and (3) highlight or otherwise denote the CCFI portions. MARAD will protect such information from disclosure to the extent allowed under applicable law. In the event MARAD receives a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the information, procedures described in the Department’s FOIA regulation at 49 CFR 7.29 will be followed. Only information that is ultimately determined to be confidential under that procedure will be exempt from disclosure under FOIA. (Authority: 46 U.S.C. 53102 and 53103; 46 CFR 296.24; 49 CFR 1.92 and 1.93) By Order of the Maritime Administrator. Dated: September 28, 2016. T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr., Secretary, Maritime Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–23823 Filed 9–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–81–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Global Positioning System Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Workshop V Meeting Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST–R), Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Prior Applicants Applicants who previously responded to MARAD’s November 27, 2015, Notice of Application Period for the Maritime Security Program, 80 FR 74209 (November 27, 2015), that wish to VerDate Sep<11>2014 submit the same vessel(s) for consideration may do so by submitting a letter expressing their intention and providing any updated information and documentation. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the U.S. Department of Transportation will host its fifth workshop on the Global Positioning System (GPS) Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment effort. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00150 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68105 The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the results from testing of various categories of GPS/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers to include aviation (noncertified), cellular, general location/ navigation, high precision and networks, timing, and space-based receivers. The workshop also will include a discussion on the development of use-case scenarios for these categories. DATES: Meeting date/time: October 14, 2016 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). Registration deadline: October 11, 2016. Request alternative meeting formats or services by October 7, 2016. ADDRESSES: RTCA, Inc., 1150 18th St. NW., Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036. Several days leading up to the workshop, an email containing the agenda, dial-in, and WebEx information will be provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen M. Mackey, U.S. Department of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, V–345, 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142, Stephen.Mackey@dot.gov 617–494– 2753. The goal of the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Study is to evaluate the adjacent radio frequency band power levels that can be tolerated by GPS/ GNSS receivers, and advance the Department’s understanding of the extent to which such power levels impact devices used for transportation safety purposes, among other GPS/ GNSS applications. The Department obtained input from broad public outreach in development of its GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment Test Plan that included four public meetings with stakeholders on September 18 and December 4, 2014, and March 12 and October 2, 2015, public issuance of a draft test plan on September 9, 2015 (see 80 FR 54368), and comments received regarding the test plan. The final test plan was published March 9, 2016 (see 81 FR 12564) and requested voluntary participation in this Study by any interested GPS/GNSS device manufacturers or other parties whose products incorporate GPS/GNSS devices. In April 2016, radiated testing of GNSS devices took place in an anechoic chamber at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) facility in New Mexico. Additional lab testing was conducted in July 2016 at Zeta Associates in Fairfax, Virginia and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Maritime Administration


Acceptance of Applications for the Award of Two Maritime Security 
Program Operating Agreements

AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Notice of application period for the Maritime Security Program.

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SUMMARY: The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is issuing this request 
for applications for eligible vessels to enroll in two Maritime 
Security Program (MSP) Operating Agreements, subject to the 
availability of appropriations, in accordance with the provisions of 
the Maritime Security Act of 2003, Public Law 108-136, div. C, title 
XXXV, as amended by Section 3508 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Public Law 112-239 (NDAA 2013). The MSP 
maintains a fleet of active, commercially viable, militarily useful, 
privately owned vessels to meet national defense and other security 
requirements and to maintain a United States presence in international 
commercial shipping. This request for applications provides, among 
other things, application criteria and a deadline for submitting 
applications for vessel enrollment in the MSP.

DATES: Applications for the enrollment of two vessels must be received 
no later than November 2, 2016. Applications should be submitted to the 
address listed in the ADDRESSES section below.

ADDRESSES: Application forms and instructions are available on the 
MARAD Web site at http://www.marad.dot.gov/ships-and-shipping/strategic-sealift/maritime-security-program-msp/. Applications shall be 
addressed to the Director, Office of Sealift Support, Maritime 
Administration, Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W25-310, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. McDonald, Director, Office 
of Sealift Support, Maritime Administration, (202) 366-0688. For 
military utility questions, call Mr. Tim Boemecke, United States 
Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), (618) 220-1452.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 53102(a) of Title 46, United States 
Code, directs the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary), in 
consultation with the Secretary of Defense (SecDef), to establish a 
fleet of active, commercially-viable, militarily-useful, privately-
owned vessels to meet national defense and other security requirements. 
Payments to participating operators are subject to the availability of 
appropriations and are limited to the following amounts: $3.5 million 
per ship for FY 2016, $4.99995 million per ship for FY 2017, $5.0 
million per ship for FY 2018 through 2020, $5.233463 million per ship 
for FY 2021, and $3.7 million per ship for FY 2022 through FY 2025. 
Consistent with the National Security Requirements section below, 
participating operators are required to make their commercial 
transportation resources available upon request by SecDef during times 
of war or national emergency.

Application Criteria

    The NDAA 2013 amended the procedures in 46 U.S.C. 53103(c) for 
awarding new MSP Operating Agreements. Namely, it established a revised 
priority system whereby applications would first be evaluated on the 
basis of vessel type, as determined by Department of Defense (DOD) 
requirements, with secondary consideration then provided to the 
citizenship status of the applicant.

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Vessel Requirements

    Acceptable vessels for these MSP Operating Agreements must meet the 
requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53102(b) and 46 CFR 296.11. In addition, the 
Commander, USTRANSCOM, has established DOD general evaluation criteria 
on the military requirements for eligible MSP vessels. Priority 
consideration, consistent with the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53103(c), 
will be given to applications providing for enrollment of the following 
vessel types in order of priority:
    1. Roll-On/Roll-Off (RO/RO) Vessels.
    2. Multi-Purpose/Heavy Lift Vessels.
    3. Geared Container Ships.
    4. All other vessel types, which will be considered after all 
applications for the above listed vessels types have been reviewed.
    For each individual application, the offered vessel's class society 
vessel-type designation will serve as the primary factor in determining 
the priority category in which the vessel is placed.

National Security Requirements

    Successful applicants will be required to enter into an Emergency 
Preparedness Agreement (EPA) pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 53107. The EPA 
incorporates the terms of the Voluntary Intermodal Sealift Agreement 
(VISA), available in 79 FR 64462 (October 29, 2014).

Documentation

    Vessels must be documented in the United States under 46 U.S.C. 
chapter 121 prior to being eligible for MSP payments. Further, proof of 
U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation and all relevant charter and 
management agreements must be approved by MARAD before the vessel will 
be eligible to receive MSP payments. If a vessel being considered is 
not currently under U.S. documentation, MARAD requires information 
regarding the time line proposed that would bring the vessel under U.S. 
Coast Guard documentation.

Vessel Operation

    Vessels under MSP Operating Agreements shall be operated 
exclusively in foreign commerce as defined in 46 U.S.C. 53101(4) or in 
permissible mixed foreign commerce and domestic trade as provided by 46 
U.S.C. 53105(a)(1)(A).

Prior Applicants

    Applicants who previously responded to MARAD's November 27, 2015, 
Notice of Application Period for the Maritime Security Program, 80 FR 
74209 (November 27, 2015), that wish to submit the same vessel(s) for 
consideration may do so by submitting a letter expressing their 
intention and providing any updated information and documentation.

Award

    MARAD does not guarantee the award of MSP Operating Agreements in 
response to applications submitted under this Notice. In the event that 
no awards are made or an application is not selected for an award, the 
applicant will be provided with a written reason why the application 
was denied, consistent with the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 53103(c).

Protection of Confidential Commercial or Financial Information

    If the application includes information that the applicant 
considers to be a trade secret or confidential commercial or financial 
information, the applicant should do the following: (1) Note on the 
front cover that the submission ``Contains Confidential Commercial or 
Financial Information (CCFI)''; (2) mark each affected page ``CCFI''; 
and (3) highlight or otherwise denote the CCFI portions. MARAD will 
protect such information from disclosure to the extent allowed under 
applicable law. In the event MARAD receives a Freedom of Information 
Act (FOIA) request for the information, procedures described in the 
Department's FOIA regulation at 49 CFR 7.29 will be followed. Only 
information that is ultimately determined to be confidential under that 
procedure will be exempt from disclosure under FOIA.

(Authority: 46 U.S.C. 53102 and 53103; 46 CFR 296.24; 49 CFR 1.92 
and 1.93)

    By Order of the Maritime Administrator.

    Dated: September 28, 2016.
T. Mitchell Hudson, Jr.,
Secretary, Maritime Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-23823 Filed 9-30-16; 8:45 am]
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