January 04, 2008 11:00 ET
New Orleans Port Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Port Security Credential
NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2008) - Port and longshore workers, truckers and
others at the Port of New Orleans are now able 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.
Nationwide, more than 1 million workers with unescorted access to secure
areas will apply for TWIC during 2008.
"The start of enrollment is one more step in our effort to prevent persons
who are a threat from gaining access to secure areas of port facilities,"
said Maurine Fanguy, TWIC program director for the Transportation Security
Administration (TSA). "We appreciate the support of our partners at Port of
New Orleans for helping to make one of the world's most advanced
interoperable biometric systems a reality."
More than 40 ports have begun enrollment in the nationwide program.
Ultimately, TSA will establish fixed enrollment centers at 147 ports and
will deploy mobile enrollment centers to dozens of other locations as
"A tremendous amount of planning has been done collectively by TSA, the
Coast Guard, port owners/operators, employee groups and other stakeholders
in preparation for this critical phase of the TWIC program," said Coast
Guard Capt. Lincoln Stroh. "The Coast Guard is committed to working closely
with TSA and our local industry partners during the enrollment and
compliance phases of the TWIC to assure a successful transition into the
Workers at the Port of New Orleans are able to pre-enroll for TWIC online
at www.tsa.gov/twic or the Coast Guard's Homeport site,
http://homeport.uscg.mil. Pre-enrolling speeds up the process by allowing
workers to provide biographic information and schedule a time to complete
the application process in person. This eliminates waiting at enrollment
centers and reduces the time it takes to enroll each individual.
Workers are now able to enroll for TWIC at several Louisiana ports,
including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Port Fourchon.