SOURCE: TSA

October 11, 2007 14:27 ET

Preview of TWIC Enrollment at Port of Wilmington

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY. NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST.

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, port workers, longshoremen, truckers and others at the Port of Wilmington, Del., will become the first workers in the nation to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is 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 security threat.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Coast Guard and Port of Wilmington will provide an opportunity for media to preview enrollment the day prior to the start of general enrollment. Reporters will see port employees providing their biographical and biometric information so they can receive their credential. There will also be an opportunity to interview TSA, Coast Guard and Port of Wilmington officials on the program.

Because the port is a secure area, media are required to submit in advance the name of all reporters and crew so they may be placed on an admittance list. RSVP to darrin.kayser@dhs.gov or vnbecker@port.state.de.us by noon on Friday, Oct. 12. Entrance will be permitted upon presentation of a government photo ID. If your name is not submitted in advance, access to the port will not be granted.

Port specific b-roll is available at http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php.

WHO:   Maurine Fanguy, TWIC program director, TSA
       Captain Mark O'Malley, Office of Port and Facility Activities
       U.S. Coast Guard Captain David Scott, commanding officer,
       Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay
       Gene Bailey, executive director, Port of Wilmington
       Dennis Rochford, president, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware
       River and Bay
       Jon Rambeau, director of Identity and Access Management Solutions,
       Lockheed Martin

WHAT:  Preview of TWIC enrollment at the Port of Wilmington. Reporters will
       be able to get video of workers enrolling and have the opportunity
       to conduct one-on-one interviews with TSA, Coast Guard and port
       officials.

WHEN:  Monday, Oct. 15, 2007
       9 - 11a.m.

WHERE: Port of Wilmington, Del.; Administration Building
       1 Hausel Road, Wilmington, DE 19801-5852

Parking information: Reporters should check-in at the main gate of the port and will be directed to a designated lot near the enrollment facility.