Port of Boston Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Security Credential

BOSTON – Port workers, longshoremen, truckers and others at the Port of Boston will begin enrolling 30 November 2007 in the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program’s goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat. Outreach with stakeholders in Massachusetts has been ongoing for several months and will continue in order to facilitate enrollment.

The enrollment center will be located at the following location:

28 DAMRELL ST, SUITE 104, BOSTON, MA 02127
HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY THRU FIRDAY, 8A.M.-5 P.M.

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a high-tech biometric identification card for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulated facilities and vessels and all mariners holding Coast Guard issued credentials or qualification documents. A TWIC will be issued to maritime employees once they have passed a security threat assessment conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). A waiver and appeals process will be available for unfavorable threat assessment results. TWIC enhances port security in accordance with MTSA and the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act.

Workers in the region are able to pre-enroll for TWIC online at www.tsa.gov/twic. Pre-enrolling speeds up the process by allowing workers to provide biographic information and schedule a time to complete the application process in person. This eliminates waiting at enrollment centers and reduces the time it takes to enroll each individual.

A toll free help desk is available from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST at 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942).

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