Coast Guard Announces Latest Transportation Worker Identification Credential Compliance Ports, Dates

WASHINGTON (HQ Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday that Nov. 28, 2008, is the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program compliance date for owners and operators of facilities located within the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zones of Cape Fear River, N.C., Corpus Christi, Texas, North Carolina, and Port Arthur, Texas.

The Coast Guard plans to announce those additional ports scheduled for the compliance phase of the TWIC program in coming weeks. Compliance will be phased in by Captain of the Port Zones between Oct. 15, 2008 and April 15, 2009, after which all ports must be in compliance and all credentialed mariners must be in possession of a TWIC.

A framework showing expected compliance dates by Captain of the Port Zone is available on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Homeport Website at http://homeport.uscg.mil/twic.

Workers are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible and can pre-enroll for their TWIC online at www.tsa.gov/twic. Pre-enrollment speeds up the process by allowing workers to provide biographic information and to schedule a time to complete the application process in person. The pre-enrollment process reduces the time it takes to fully enroll in the TWIC program and eliminates waiting at enrollment centers.

“Facility owners and operators must ensure that those who need unescorted access to secure areas get their TWIC as soon as possible,” said Capt. Mark. P. O’Malley, Chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Activities. “It is vital we work together to achieve this important port security initiative.”

TWIC was established in the Maritime Transportation Security Act and the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act to serve as an identification program for all Coast Guard credentialed mariners and personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas within a port. The program is progressing steadily and has opened more than 138 fixed enrollment centers and dozens of mobile sites nationwide. More than 370,000 workers have enrolled to date and thousands more are processed each week.

Additional information can be found at http://homeport.uscg.mil/twic and www.tsa.gov/twic.

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