Sept 18, 2008
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
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the Alaska Maritime Community by providing
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safe, secure, efficient and environmentally
responsible maritime operations.
TWIC Mobile Enrollment/Activation Updates
Note:  The online info and appointment scheduler for many of the sites below is not yet functional, but should be shortly.  I recommend you visit this link periodically and schedule appointments as they become available (simply "search" by port name once on the website).
The Sitka mobile activation center will close for business on Friday, Sept 19.  It is located at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Hours: Mon-Tues 8:00a-5:00p  Wed-Fri  12:00p-9:00p.  If you enrolled in Sitka and have not activated your card yet, please do so ASAP or it will be returned to Juneau!
The Dutch Harbor mobile activation center will open for business on Monday, Sept 22 through Friday,Oct 3.  It will be located at the Unalaska Public Library.  Hours: Mon/Wed 8:00a-1:00p & 2:00p-5:00p, Tues/Thurs/Fri 12:00p-4:00p & 4:30p-9:00p 
The Skagway mobile activation center will open for business on Wed, Sept 24 through Friday, Sept 26.  It will be located at the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad office.  Hours: 8:00a-5:00p.  We will continue working with Lockheed Martin to shoot for an an additional activation period in the Spring of 2009 for those who have already departed Skagway for the season.
The Haines mobile activation center will open for business on Monday, 9/29 through Tuesday, 9/30.  It will be located at the Haines Public Library.  Hours: 12:00p-5:30p & 6:30p-9:00p.
The Petersburg mobile activation center will open for business on Monday, 10/6 through Friday, 10/10.  It will be located at the Petersburg Harbor Office.  Hours: 8:00a-12:00p & 1:00p-5:00p.
The Wrangell mobile activation center will likely be in operation from from Monday 10/13 through Wed, 10/15.  I have not been able to confirm the availability of the Harbor Office for this visit yet.  I recommend those of you in Wrangell either stay tuned for future newsletters or check the TWIC Deployment Website in the coming weeks for updated info.
The Ketchikan mobile activation center will open for business on Monday, 10/13 through the week of 11/24 (Thanksgiving dates TBD). It will be located in the Ketchikan Harbor Office.  Hours: 8:00a-12:00p & 1:00p-5:00p.
The Craig mobile activation center will open for business on Monday, 10/27 through Friday, 10/31.  It will be located at the Interisland Ferry Authority office in Craig.  Hours:  Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00a-12:00p & 1:00p-5:00p, Tues/Thurs 12:00p-4:00p & 4:30p-9:00p.
Missed Remote Activation Options 
Reprinted from an earlier newsletter, but still important info:
As we enter the mobile activation phase in Alaska, there's a possibility some of you might not receive your cards during the scheduled activation visits.  This could be due to being out of town during the visit, your background check not being completed in time for the visit, etc. 
For those of you whose cards arrive at a mobile activation site, but who miss the window to pick them up, your cards will be returned to the fixed centers in either Juneau (for SEAK enrollees), or Anchorage (for all other enrollees).  The same goes for the cards which arrive after the mobile activation visit.
At the moment, the only choice you will have if you fall into this category is to arrange to travel to the fixed center to activate your card.  The Marine Exchange is currently working with Lockheed Martin and TSA on the following options:
1) The Marine Exchange has several personnel who are very close to being designated as "Trusted Agents" for TWIC enrollment/activation.  We hope to be able to take care of remote areas we normally travel to during the course of our normal business by providing enrollment and delivering cards for activation.
2) Lockheed Martin is working to develop a process which will allow cards to be transferred from one fixed center to another fixed center.  Although the enrollee will likely have to pay for the express shipping of the card between centers, this will allow the enrollee to activate the card at a center which may be more convenient to get to than Juneau or Anchorage (i.e. Seattle, or other centers in the Lower 48).

Brett Farrell
Marine Exchange of Alaska
Marine Exchange of Alaska | 1000 Harbor Way | Suite 204 | Juneau | AK | 99801