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Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) Card and the Confusion it brings in the Maritime World
My colleagues in the maritime world keep me updated of the new development on transiting sailors at the U.S. shores these days. It's all about the Transportation Workers Indentification Credential (TWIC) Card. Everyone is required to possess such kind of card when going ashore in America. Residents or non-residents, all sailors should enrol provided that they present the necessary immigration documents.
Listings for acceptable documents are enumerated at the official site of U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
According to my friend, he and his mates underwent personal interviews at the US shore while their ship was anchored. He didn't elaborate about the questions but he said it cost him more than 100 dollars.
A sailor who wants to go ashore should swipe the card at the gate or present it at the security personnel for verification.
TWIC Card has all the personal data a sailor or transport worker possesses. This data will be included at the TSA database to identify transiting workers. It will be a great help to pinpoint those who violate port regulations of the the said country.
With the express permission of the US- Department of Homeland Security (DHS), TSA is allowed to use and present TWIC materials for all the sailors to see and enrol if they happen to go to the US.
Enrolment centers are also identified for easy access near any US ports.
Many sailors and ship owners say that it's becoming more stricter when admitting cargoes in the US.
The 9/11 effects are still going on. The first move of US-HDS is the ISPS (International Ship and Port Security Facility Code) and now this TWIC Card.
All members of maritime world should abide, including port captains and shipping agency personnel.
No one is exempted on this new security measure.