According to reports, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) is seeking to designate one or more vessels as relief ships
for rescue operations during disasters.
Speaking on the sidelines of the API Tanker Conference 2006, Varshney said that MarAd and the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) should collaborate to make this idea materialize.
This was suggested in the aftermath of the hurricane season
in the U.S. Gulf Coast last year, which raised several questions about contingency plans for disasters and logistics problems.