Renewal of the Voluntary Tanker Agreement Program; Agreement Development Proposal
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is developing a voluntary agreement necessary to renew the Voluntary Tanker Agreement Program, pursuant to the authority contained in Section 708 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), as amended. This notice invites comments on the draft proposed Voluntary Tanker Agreement (VTA). The proposed text is intended to replace the Agreement as it was last published in Volume 73 of the Federal Register at page 51692 (September 4, 2008). Because the proposed agreement will contain changes, both former and new participants must submit a new application once the final text is published. VTA applications are available from MARAD. The complete, draft text of the VTA is published below. Copies of the draft text are also available to the public upon request. MARAD will hold an open meeting for the purpose of developing the final text of the VTA at its headquarters located at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. MARAD will announce the open meeting by publication in the Federal Register.