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The Maritime Administration's Ship Sales Program
Surplus Government vessels are disposed of by three agencies--MarAd, DOD, and GSA. MarAd disposes of vessels in accordance with section 508 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 (46 U.S.C. 1158) and section 203(i) of the 1949 Federal Property and Administrative Services Act (40 U.S.C. 484).The 1936 act authorizes MarAd to sell surplus vessels from the National Defense Reserve Fleet for scrap or other nontransportation uses. The 1936 act also provides that preference be given to U.S. citizens in the sale of vessels. The 1949 act assigns to MarAd the responsibility for disposing of all surplus Government vessels determined to be merchant type or convertible to merchant type and weighing 1,500 gross tons or more.
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