November 29, 2007 11:55 ET

Port Fourchon Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Port Security Credential

PORT FOURCHON, LA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Port and longshore workers, truckers and others at Port Fourchon today began 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 the rest of 2007 and 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 Fourchon for helping to make one of the world's most advanced interoperable biometric systems a reality."

Port Fourchon is among the first 20 ports to begin enrollment in the nationwide program. Ultimately, fixed enrollment centers will be in place at 147 ports along with mobile enrollment centers at dozens of other locations as needed.

Workers at Port Fourchon are able to pre-enroll for TWIC online at or the Coast Guard's Homeport site, 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.

Port Fourchon is Louisiana's southernmost port on the Gulf of Mexico. The port has historically been a land base for offshore oil support services and currently services about 16 percent of the nation's oil supply.