Nov 14, 2008
Alaska Maritime Newsletter
Making Maritime Connections Across Alaska
In This Issue
Craig & Ketchikan Activation Update
Future TWIC Plans for Alaska
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Craig & Ketchikan Activation Update
Good news folks:  The TWIC activation system has been restored to Alaska and it's time to finish up activations in Craig & Ketchikan.
Some of you in Craig & Ketchikan may have received automated phone calls or emails recently telling you your cards are ready to pick up.  This is a good thing, but only means that your cards are in JUNEAU, waiting to be picked up.  So if you're planning to be in Juneau in the next few days, by all means - pick them up.  Otherwise, here's the latest schedule for mobile activation:
The Craig mobile activation center will be in operation from Monday, Dec 1 through Wednesday Dec 3.  The center will be located at the Interisland Ferry Authority (IFA).  Hours: Mon 12:00p-5:00p, Tues 8:00a-5:00p, Wed 8:00a-4:00p.
The Ketchikan mobile activation center will be in operation from Friday, Dec 5 through Friday, Dec 19, then will return from Monday, Jan 5 through Friday, Jan 9. It will be located in the Ketchikan Harbor Office. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00a-5:00p.
Please keep in mind that the trusted agents doing these enrollments require nourishment like the rest of us, so if you're planning to "walk-in", you might consider avoiding a walk-in around noon.  Either way, I highly recommend making an appointment.  The info and appointment website for both these locations will be available in the next couple days by clicking here.  Simply type in the name of the "port" you'll be using (Craig or Ketchikan) and you should be able to follow the links to the appointment tool.
Last item:  When you use either the IFA office in Craig or the Harbor Office in Ketchikan, please take a minute to thank either Carolyn Chapman (in Craig), or Steve Corporon (in Ketchikan) for hosting these sites.  Both of these folks have done a ton work in the background to make TWIC enrollment as painless as possible for their communities.
Future TWIC Plans for Alaska 
As most of you know, once the Craig and Ketchikan mobile activations are complete, it's unlikely we'll see mobile enrollment and/or activation to this extent within Alaska again.  As a reminder, the current TSA contract with Lockheed Martin only specifies the establishment of the four fixed centers in Alaska. On behalf of Alaska maritime community, we are very appreciative of Lockheed Martin's willingness to provide mobile enrollment to the extent they have, and will continue to work with them to find short & long-term solutions to the TWIC enrollment challenges in Alaska.  Here are the issues we're currently focusing on:
  • We're trying to arrange another mobile visit to Dutch Harbor & Kodiak.  There are quite a few folks out there who didn't receive their cards during the activation visit (for various reasons), and we also understand that there is a significant group of people who have been hired, and now require TWIC, since the original enrollment visit (particularly in Dutch Harbor).
  • We're also trying to figure out how to provide limited mobile enrollment (and eventual activation) in Nome.  There are still quite a few folks up there who need to enroll. 
  • Lastly, we're working with Lockheed Martin and several communities to come up with a plan to establish additional fixed enrollment centers.  This might entail the communities really pulling together and pitching in toward the cause - but I think we're well on our way to a solution that might be used in several areas of Alaska.  I'll keep everyone posted...

Brett Farrell
Marine Exchange of Alaska
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