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TWIC Enrollment at Various Ports

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that enrollment of maritime workers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will commence: (1) in Hilo, HI on January 3; (2) in International Falls, MN; Ontonagon, MI; Morehead City, NC; and Huntington, WV on January 16; and (3) in Port Canaveral, FL on January 17. 72 Fed. Reg. 73040 (HK Law).


TWIC Hearing

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing on implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Chairman Inouye (D-HI) expressed concern about the extended delays in activation of the program. Vice-Chairman Stevens (R-AK) stated that congressional tolerance for further missed deadlines is waning. Mr. Kip Hawley, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), provided an update on the TWIC program


AWO Applauds Passage of Coast Guard Bill

Tom Allegretti, AWO’s President & CEO

Maritime Workers Applaud Congressional Passage, Presidential Signature of Coast Guard Bill.   On behalf of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and its 350 member companies, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti thanked bipartisan leaders in Congress for passing and President Obama for signing the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act into law late last month.    The bill contained several AWO-supported provisions


TSA Awards Lockheed Martin TWIC Program

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) selected a team led by Lockheed Martin to provide services for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Phase IV program under a task order-based contracting vehicle. Developed in response to vulnerabilities within the nation's transportation system, the TWIC program involves the rapid, nationwide deployment of biometric identification cards. Under the awarded task order, Lockheed Martin will enroll and


DHS: TWIC Dashboard

The Department of Homeland Security issued the TWIC Dashboard to provide point-in-time program information on enrollment and adjudication statistics and other relevant information relating to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. As of February 27, a total of 190,447 individuals had pre-enrolled and 120,148 individuals had completed the enrollment process. A total of 45,309 TWIC cards have been printed and, of these, 24,173 have been activated


USCG – TWIC Implementation Guidance

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program in the maritime sector. The NVIC explains the enrollment and issuance process and provides clarification of the regulations. Full implementation of the TWIC program in the maritime sector is planned for September 25, 2008. After that date (and earlier at some facilities)


From Canines to Liquefied Natural Gas

Maritime Security and the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008 For the past several years, maritime security has been on everyone's mind.  From the halls of Congress to the longshoremen working the midnight shift, the threat of a possible terrorist attack on the maritime interests of the United States and dealing with new security requirements have kept this topic on the front burner.  While most in the maritime industry are relatively aware of the legislation that has been


TWIC’s Last Hurdle is Scaled

Dr. Nelson Ludlow, CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa

Card reader technology is tested, proven and in use, nationwide. While the maritime industry awaits the Fed’s edict on MTSA, the solution already exists. The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requires that individuals needing unescorted access to MTSA-regulated Facilities and Vessels must first obtain a TWIC. To obtain a TWIC Card, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a security threat assessment conducted by the Transportation Security


US Coast Guard Schedule TWIC Public Meetings

The U.S. Coast Guard public meetings concern the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) proposal. The meetings are scheduled in accordance with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Background:  The Coast Guard proposes to require owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to use electronic readers designed to work with the Transportation Worker


OMSA Officials Testify At TWIC Hearing

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is overly complex and could create the same delays for the maritime industry that recent changes in passport rules caused for American travelers, according to testimony by Offshore Marine Service Association Vice Chairman Otto Candies, III. Candies’ delivered his comments at a July 12 Congressional hearing. The hearing was held by the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and


Mongolian Citizens to be Trained in Rosneft Partner Universities

Russian president Vladimir Putin and the president of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

  Rosneft Chairman of the Management Board Igor Sechin and Minister for Education and Science of Mongolia Luvsannyam Gantumur signed an Agreement to arrange the training of citizens of Mongolia in partner universities of Rosneft. The signing ceremony was led by Russian president Vladimir


AWO Praises Simplification of TWIC Process

Tom Allegretti, AWO President & CEO

Last week, the Transportation Security Administration began nationwide implementation of a program that reforms the burdensome process by which mariners and other transportation workers receive required Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC)


Today in U.S. Naval History: March 19

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Today in U.S. Naval History - March 19 1898 - USS Oregon departs San Francisco for 14,000 mile trip around South America to join U.S. Squadron off Cuba 1917 - Navy Department authorizes enrollment of women in Naval Reserve with ratings of yeoman, radio electrician, or other essential ratings


Donjon-SMIT, MSRC Partner for OPA 90 Services Assistance

Donjon-SMIT President Raymond Lord

Donjon-SMIT and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) announce the establishment of a cooperative alliance.  This alliance, while it can support both tank and non-tank vessel owners, will include the ability of non-tank vessel owners to establish their prearranged agreements with both


Shanghai Jiao Tong University Receives FORAN License

Seated, from left: Alfonso Cebollero (SIS Chief Regional Officer, North Asia) and Dr. Yanping He (SJTU Director of Design & Research Institute of Ship and Ocean Engineering); standing, from left: Xinlin Zhou (SSS Consultant), Songshan Hu (SSS Consultant), Min Wu (SSS Sales Manager), Dr. Guangwu Liu (SIS Country Manager, China), Dr. Long Yu (SJTU Professor) y Dr. Ya Dong Liu (SJTU Professor) during the signing ceremony at the stand of SENER in Marintec 2013.

The signing ceremony of the Academic License Agreement between SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (SIS) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) was held on December 4, in the frame of Marintec 2013 international exhibition held at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.


Crowley Maritime Awards Scholarships to UNF & UW Students

UW Scholars: Photo credit Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation has awarded six Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Firstly for two students at the University of North Florida (UNF), and secondly to four  students at University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. University of North Florida


Atsec Fixed Reader Passes TWIC Trials

Atsec announced the successful test of Schneider Electric’s PC3-TBR reader against the specifications set forth by the TWIC Reader Evaluation Program. Before vendors can sell their products to be used in the TWIC program, they have to undergo independent testing


Are our Ports Safe?

Joan Bondareff

A Hodgepodge of Maritime Security Laws Come into Question Two recent reports have raised alarms about the security of our ports and the cargo that enters them by containers every day. The top North American container ports handle more than 35 million containers per year bringing vital goods to U.S


Smart Card Alliance Conveys TWIC Suggestions to USCG

Limiting the use of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) smart cards and readers will create significant security vulnerabilities in our maritime infrastructure, the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council said in comments submitted this week to the U.S. Coast Guard.


Why TWIC?

 Dennis L. Bryant,  Maritime Regulatroy  Consulting, Gainsville, Fla. t: 352-692-5493 e: dennis.l.bryant@gmail.com

GAO finds it is broken, and now the question is; can it be fixed?  Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a scathing report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) electronic reader pilot test and on the TWIC program in general


Insights: Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio

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Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio is Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards


U.S. Coast Guard to Host Public Meeting

Media are invited to attend the public meeting on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking April 18, 2013. WHO: Personnel from the Office of Port and Facilities Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C


PVA Weighs in on TWIC Rulemaking

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Carolyn Horgan, 2013 President for Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) commented on the Coast Guard's notice of proposed rulemaking on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers: “PVA commends the Coast Guard for acknowledging, in its proposed rule, that virtually all U


Coast Guard Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for TWIC Reader Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Reader Requirements." This NPRM proposes to establish electronic card reader requirements for certain Coast


USCG Guidance on Maritime Security Program Released

Guidance Regarding Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program; A Notice by the Coast Guard on 02/28/2013.    Publication Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Agencies: Coast Guard / Department of Homeland Security






 
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