News Archives from 4-24-06 to 4-28-06

Credentials Required for Facility Entrance details - 04/28/2006

The US Coast Guard issued a Notice informing the maritime community of acceptable identification credentials for access to US waterfront facilities. Operators of waterfront facilities are to restrict access to their facilities to persons with such acceptable credentials, which include:

(1) a merchant mariner document;

(2) an armed forces identification card;

(3) a federal law enforcement credential;

(4) identification credentials issued to public safety officers;

(5) a state-issued commercial driver’s license with hazardous materials endorsement issued after May 31, 2005;

(6) a state-issued driver’s license or identification card or a personal identification issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association, or a passport or commercial driver’s license issued by Canada or Mexico (for non-employees of the facility, excluding longshore workers); and

(7) facility-issued employee identification cards, a state-issued driver’s license, or a personal identification issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association, provided that the individual has been properly screened and has not been determined a threat (for employees of the facility and for longshore workers).

Facility operators, longshore unions, and long-term contractors are also required, within the next 30 days, to provide the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with personal identifying information regarding each facility employee or longshore worker seeking to use as an identification credential a facility-issued employee ID card, a state-issued driver’s license, or a personal ID issued by the individual’s employer, union, or trade association. TSA will screen the submitted names for threats to national security (but will not conduct a criminal records check). The names will also be screened to determine immigration status. Individuals believed to pose a security risk will be notified and provided an opportunity to challenge to determination. Individuals found, after such opportunity, to present a security challenge will not be allowed access to waterfront facilities. Note: While this document is labeled as a Notice, for all intents and purposes it is actually a regulation, and should be treated as such. Complete details are in the federal register notice below.

CREDENTIAL PROGRAM REQUIRED FOR WATERFRONT WORKERS

Federal Register on Waterfront Facility Worker Credential Program

Homeland Security Department to ID Dock Workers - 04/26/2006

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Press Release stating that the US Coast Guard will begin collecting names and basic identifying information on longshore workers and other maritime employees in US ports. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will vet that information against terrorist watch lists through the Terrorist Screening Center. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will ensure that workers are legally eligible to work in the United States. This initial program is a first step toward implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The TWIC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will be promulgated soon (possibly by the end of the week). Accounting for the individuals such as vendors, ministers, and attorneys who need frequent, but not constant, access may prove more difficult. It should be noted that under the authority of various wartime and national emergency statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations, the Coast Guard has broad authority to control access to vessels and waterfront facilities in the United States. The name check initiative and the TWIC process were further discussed at a Press Conference held by Secretary Michel Chertoff, TSA Assistant Secretary Kip Hawley, and Rear Admiral Craig Bone, USCG.

HOMELAND SECURITY TRANSPORTATION WORKER IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM

DHS Press Release and Press Conference Transcript

Emergency Radio Procedures from USCG Auxiliary . . - 04/24/2006

The District 17 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary announces the release of an Emergency Radio Procedures sticker designed to assist non-English speaking boaters in making emergency marine radio calls. The sticker, approximately 5 1/2" x 6", is available in Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog as well as English.

Between 2000 and 2004, Alaskans reported 274 accidents that resulted in 92 fatalities. In at least one instance, two lives may have been saved if emergency radio procedures had been available to the non-English-speaking boaters. The stickers were produced through a grant from BoatUS Foundation.

Flotillas in Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Homer, Kenai, Kodiak, Whittier, Seward, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Mat-Su Valley and Valdez will have a supply of the stickers by May first.

To order a sticker or to locate a flotilla in your area or call toll free: 1-888-334-8237. Ordering information on the USCG Auxiliary District 17 website at http://a170.uscgaux.info/ will be available soon.

The Marine Exchange provides copies of the stickers for downloading below.

EMERGENCY RADIO PROCEDURES STICKERS

Spanish Russian Tagalog Korean