Maritime securityTWIC's enrollment continues apace

Published 21 November 2007

DHS announces that ten more ports will enroll their employees in TWIC; since mid-October, enrollment has been taking place in twelve ports

DHS announced that enrollment in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will begin at ten more ports in the coming weeks. This program aims to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a known security threat. TWIC enrollment began 16 October at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, and has expanded to eleven other ports nationwide. Ultimately, the program will vet more than one million workers through the rest of 2007 and 2008. “We are one month out from the start of TWIC enrollment and this important security program is off to a strong start,” said the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Maurine Fanguy, program director for TWIC. “To date we have enrolled more than 4,500 workers and issued more than 1,000 credentials.”

Here are the dates:

21 November 2007: Baltimore/Dundalk, Maryland; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota

28 November 2007: Charleston, South Carolina

29 November 2007: Cleveland, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Port Fourchon, Louisiana

30 November 2007: Boston, Massachusetts

5 December 2007: Brownsville, Texas

Workers at these 10 ports, as well as the other 12 ports where enrollment has begun, are able to pre-enroll for TWIC on the TSA Web site.