Marine Exchange of Alaska is a non-profit,
maritime organization established to serve
the Alaska Maritime Community by providing
information, communications and services to ensure
safe, secure, efficient and environmentally
responsible maritime operations.
TWIC Waiver for "Small Business" Mariners
Senator Coleman (R-MN) has recently introduced a
bill to waive the TWIC requirement for certain "small
business" merchant mariners. The bill, called
the "Small Business and Fishing Guide
Relief Act of 2008" proposes to waive the TWIC
requirements for mariners serving on vessels which are
not required to submit or maintain Vessel Security Plans.
This bill also specifies that the Department of Homeland
Security shall assess the feasibility of providing
a credit to those mariners who have previously enrolled
in TWIC through reduced fees for USCG license renewals,
etc. The official text of this bill has not been
released, but you can read an advance copy by following
The Marine Exchange will closely monitor this bill
as it moves through Congress and keep everyone updated. We
are currently drafting a letter to Alaska's
Congressional Delegation asking for their support of
this bill and recommend that Alaska's charter boat
associations, small passenger vessel operators, etc do
TWIC Enrollment Notices
1. Lockheed Martin is reporting that the ability to pre-enroll
and make appointments online is currently limited.
Apparently the servers are being overwhelmed by the recent
number of enrollees (nationwide). They
recommend either trying these online services at night
(when the demand in the Lower 48 should be lower), or
simply walking in to an enrollment center. There
is no requirement to pre-enroll or make an appointment.
2. As the initial mobile enrollment centers wind-down,
here's something to consider: If you enrolled
at one of these sites and will not be in the same area
when Lockheed Martin returns to issue & activate the
cards, you should make plans to visit the fixed enrollment
center which served the mobile site you used to enroll
in order to activate your card. If your card is
not activated during a mobile visit, the cards will
be returned to one of the fixed centers below until
a) you visit the fixed center and get it activated,
or b) we can figure out another means of mobile activation.
If you fall into this category, I'd recommend planning
ahead to visit the fixed center prior to the TWIC compliance
dates (February 2009 for AK's facilities, April
2009 for all licensed mariners).
- Juneau is the fixed site
serving Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, Craig, Ketchikan,
Skagway, and Haines.
- Anchorage is the fixed site serving
Kodiak, Cordova, and Dutch Harbor.
TWIC Enrollment Center Updates
The Valdez fixed enrollment
center is open for business. It is located
at 501 E Bremner St. Hours: 8:00a-4:30p
The Nikiski fixed enrollment
center is open for business. It is located
at 50097 Kenai Spur. Hours: 8:00a-4:30p
The Anchorage fixed enrollment center
is open for business. It is located at 619 E.
Ship Creek Ave. Hours 8:00a-4:30p.
The Juneau fixed enrollment
center is open for business. It is located next
to the "Bone & Joint" clinic building
at 3200 Hospital Drive. Hours: 8:00a-5:00p.
mobile enrollment center is open for business
through Friday, August 15. It is located
at the Ketchikan Harbor Office (2933 Tongass Ave).
Hours: Mon/Wed 8:00a-1:00p & 2:00p-5:00p, Tues/Thurs/Fri
12:00p-4:00p & 4:30p-9:00p.
center opens today and will be issuing cards through
Friday, August 22. It is located at the
KPD Shelikof Facility (405 Marine Way).
Hours: Mon/Wed/Fri 7:30a-4:00p, Tues/Thurs 11:30a-8:00p.
The ability to make an appointment online has
not yet been activated for this center but walk-ins
are encouraged in the meantime. Use the
in the future if you want
to make an online appointment.
Anticipated future mobile enrollment centers:
(Reminder: These dates
are for planning purposes but are subject to change
- I'll keep everyone updated if they do)
Skagway: Aug 25-Aug 27 (Skagway
Haines: Aug 28-Aug 29 (Haines
(card activation visit): Sep
1-Sep 12 (Location TBD)
Sitka (card activation
visit): 9/8-99/15 (Centennial Hall)
Dutch Harbor, Petersburg, Wrangell &
Craig (card activation visits):
It's still early to nail down exact dates, but
for planning purposes these will all likely occur
during late-September & early October.
Marine Exchange of Alaska