The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) weighed in on the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rules for implementing the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC. Reflecting the views of its United States member ports, the trade association noted that while it strongly supports the TWIC program as “an important enhancement to our current security system,” it has significant concerns over the impact of some aspects of the proposed rules on the efficiency of port facility operations and is urging DHS to adopt a more phased-in approach for port facilities. “AAPA is strongly in favor of a nationwide transportation worker credentialing system and believes that providing a federal card that includes a terrorist background check of workers will help bolster security at U.S. maritime facilities,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. While urging the Transportation Security Administration to quickly implement the regulations to issue TWIC cards, Mr. Nagle said AAPA wants DHS to ensure the TWIC system is implemented carefully so it doesn’t negatively impact cargo movement through U.S. ports. “Ports handle 99 percent of America’s overseas cargo volumes, and a slowdown in efficiency during a time of unprecedented trade growth would be disastrous for the country,” he said
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives' approval to increase by 14 percent the funding for the Port Security Grant program in fiscal year 2007. By a vote of 389 to 9, the House version of the FY'07 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security would provide $200 million in Port Security Grant program funds, compared to $150 million recommended by the House for FY'06.
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has completed the initial employee enrollment process for the Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The federally mandated TWIC requirement created by the Department of Homeland Security is a common identification credential for individuals requiring unescorted access to secure or restricted areas of seaports. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) opened the TWIC Enrollment Center in Savannah, Ga. in November 2007
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an update to its status report on the implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The TWIC Dashboard shows that (as of 16 October) 577,240 maritime workers have enrolled for a TWIC and that 392,939 cards have been activated. Note: Enforcement of the TWIC requirement commenced on October 15 for regulated facilities located in Captain of the Port (COTP) Zones Northern New England, , and .
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
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). The TWIC OneVisit program eliminates the requirement that workers make two trips to a TWIC enrollment center to pick up and then activate their TWIC. Under the new, streamlined process
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released an advance copy (277 pages in length) of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) in the maritime sector. Under the proposal, TSA would collect worker’s biographic information (including but not limited to ten fingerprints, name, date of birth, address, telephone number, photo, employer, and job title)
On May 16, a hearing on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program was conducted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Chairman Ted Stevens (R-AK) expressed concern that the program was significantly behind schedule. Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, Department of Homeland Security, testified concerning the Coast Guard’s recent initiative on acceptable maritime credentials; proposed initiation of the TWIC process; and proposed changes to
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, released the following statement in response to the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the deadline for implementation of the Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) will be extended from September 25, 2008 to April 15, 2009. As of April 30, only 260,000 people of an estimated 1.2 million who will need the card had enrolled.
Intellicheck Mobilisa (NYSE Amex: IDN) announced that they were awarded a contract with the Port of New York/New Jersey to supply them with mobile Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) readers and access control systems to support the Department of Homeland Security TWIC Pilot project. The Transportation Worker Identity Credential, or TWIC, program is a Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard initiative that provides tamper-resistant biometric identification
Participating States in a highly successful International Maritime Organization (IMO)-Norad environmental project have wrapped up the project in a final meeting, during which they pledged to continue to forge ahead with the implementation of key IMO marine environmental conventions.
Expansion, modernization and up-gradation of Major Ports in India is an ongoing process to keep the ports abreast with new technologies and also to promote trade and cargo. 62 Public–private partnership (PPP) Projects with an investment of Rs.49,049 crore ($7
The effective implementation of IMO garbage regulations (MARPOL Annex V) on ships and in port reception facilities was the main focus of an IMO regional workshop on marine litter for the East Asian seas region, held in Jeju, Republic of Korea (5-8 December).
The need for all stakeholders to work towards effective and consistent implementation of the 2020 0.50% global sulphur limit has been highlighted during maritime industry events in Denmark this week. International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Edmund Hughes spoke about
At the annual COMPIT conference, the SENER engineering and technology group presented a technical/economic study on the implementation of a CAD system in a shipyard and, in particular, the FORAN System, developed by SENER. The event took place in Lecce, Italy, on May 9, 10 and 11
NOIA President Randall Luthi released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill: “NOIA applauds members of the House of Representatives for passing the first Interior and Environment Appropriations bill since
The third session of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) has been opened by International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The agenda includes the regular casualty analysis work to review marine safety investigation report and
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) will hold Subchapter M information sessions open to both members and nonmembers at its summer regional meetings in Portland on August 10, in Pittsburgh on August 17 and in New York on August 24.
The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of the final rule concerning Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements. The rule requires owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections
Three new guides that will support States to effectively implement IMO-adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures for shipping have been rolled out during a training under the Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-International Maritime Organization
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International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) is this week discussing proposals to adopt a mandatory regulation for ships to record and report their fuel consumption.
BIMCO, the world’s largest international shipping association, has responded to the decision at the International Maritime Organization’s Marine (IMO) Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) on the implementation of the global sulphur cap for shipping.
A national workshop on theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO) liability and compensation conventions is underway in Bangkok, Thailand (8 -11 November). The workshop is providing a comprehensive overview of the IMO liability conventions
The Minister of Shipping and Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that the efficiency of Indian ports has improved greatly over the last two years and the performance of government ports in the country has been better than private ports this year.