Guard announces Hawaii, Alaska included in latest update of
Transportation Worker Identification Credential Program
The U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration
announced today that Feb. 12, 2009, is the Transportation Worker
Identification Credential compliance date for owners and operators
of facilities located within the U.S. Coast Guard Captain
of the Port Zones of Honolulu, Hawaii, Prince William Sound,
Alaska, Southeast Alaska and Western Alaska.
ports in the state of Hawaii and the state of Alaska are affected
by the Feb. 12, 2009, deadline including, among others: Barbers
Point, Hawaii, and Ketchikan, Juneau, Anchorage, Kodiak and
may use their valid Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner's document,
license or certificate of registry, along with a valid photo
ID, to be eligible for unescorted access in secure areas of
any facility regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security
Act of 2002 that has a TWIC compliance date earlier than April
15, 2009. The date by which owners and operators of vessels
and outer continental shelf facilities must implement access
control procedures utilizing TWIC is also April 15, 2009.
and operators of facilities regulated under MTSA are responsible
for notifying employees of their personal responsibility to
apply for and maintain a TWIC. The TWIC final rule, published
Jan. 25, 2007, also requires owners and operators of MTSA regulated
facilities to inform employees of the deadlines and methods
for TWIC application.
Coast Guard continues to closely monitor and encourage TWIC
enrollment by working collaboratively with owners and operators
of MTSA regulated facilities and vessels as we approach compliance
milestones with a steadfast commitment to protect the maritime
transportation system while still facilitating commerce," said
Cmdr. David W. Murk, chief of the U.S. Coast Guard's Cargo and
Coast Guard plans to announce additional dates 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.
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.
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 credential
mariners and personnel requiring unescorted access to secure
areas within a port. The program is progressing steadily;
all fixed enrollment centers are open and dozens of mobile sites
have been deployed nationwide. More than 514,000 workers
have enrolled to date and thousands more are processed each
information and a framework showing expected compliance dates
by Captains of the Port Zone is available on the U.S. Coast
Guard's Homeport Web site at http://homeport.uscg.mil/twic.
Captain of the Port Zone maps with ports annotated are available
on that Web site under General Information, COTP Zone Maps.
For more information call 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942) or