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pvanv1 02-28-2009 11:22 AM

Twic
 
What's the opinion on the new TWIC? I know that if you have a skipper's ticket, you need one by April.

What about everyone else? How about crew -- will everyone need one to clear in soon?

Boasun 02-28-2009 11:38 AM

Due to the small detail that I'm a licensed mariner, I have to get one.
To me it is just another way of the feds lining their pockets.
those of you who sail in areas where you have Navy bases (Lower Chesapeake Bay, San Diego Bay and the Admiralty Inlet areas) you may want one for yourself in case the USCG or Base Security stops you. It will reduce the hassle.

mgmhead 02-28-2009 11:49 AM

How out of hand is the TWIC? Mytown is home to the National Canal Museum and part of the attraction is a mule drawn canal barge. A two mile ride on an inland waterway that passes no military bases, ports or power plants. Nothing of national security interest unless you count the fish-ladder and damn. The five seasonal employees hired as mule-skinners all have to have a TWIC. Our congressman, who serves on the national security committee requested an exception and it was denied.

How are we safer because mule-skinners have a TWIC?

LittleMissMagic 02-28-2009 11:53 AM

I got my TWIC in December. I am not a licensed mariner, but I have to have one due to the fact that my work takes place in ports, and offshore oilfield facilities. So far I'll have to agree with Boasun. It seems like another way for the government to charge you for something. The reason I say this is that nothing has changed in the facilities I work in.
The Alabama State Port facilities still follow thier old requirement to have one of thier badges (including a twic) to work in thier facility. This seems to be the norm for any other port. These paper shufflers, once they institute a process to get into a facility, can't seem to GET RID of any excess paperwork.
TWIC was meant to be a universal document that different branches of Federal, State and Local Homeland Security was supposed to recognise. It just isn't happening, so I guess my $132.50 was a waste of money. I hope the feds enjoy it...

mgmhead 02-28-2009 11:53 AM

Boasun,

Following your logic Annapolis sailors and those who visit Annapolis may want to have a TWIC. Afterall, the Naval Academy is right there on the harbor and frequently Naval vessels are anchored just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to attend academy functions.

There everywhere, there everywhere. OMG, Great Lakes Naval Training Center...there goes Lake Micigan too.

LittleMissMagic 02-28-2009 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mgmhead (Post 455955)
How out of hand is the TWIC? Mytown is home to the National Canal Museum and part of the attraction is a mule drawn canal barge. A two mile ride on an inland waterway that passes no military bases, ports or power plants. Nothing of national security interest unless you count the fish-ladder and damn. The five seasonal employees hired as mule-skinners all have to have a TWIC. Our congressman, who serves on the national security committee requested an exception and it was denied.

How are we safer because mule-skinners have a TWIC?

Do the mules have to have a TWIC too?:)

mgmhead 02-28-2009 12:00 PM

It was discussed but lacking a SSN they got a waiver. Besides, it was decided that as Mules they were akin to Donkey's and that practically makes them Democrats so they were deemed... AOK!

bubb2 02-28-2009 12:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mgmhead (Post 455955)
How out of hand is the TWIC? Mytown is home to the National Canal Museum and part of the attraction is a mule drawn canal barge. A two mile ride on an inland waterway that passes no military bases, ports or power plants. Nothing of national security interest unless you count the fish-ladder and damn. The five seasonal employees hired as mule-skinners all have to have a TWIC. Our congressman, who serves on the national security committee requested an exception and it was denied.

How are we safer because mule-skinners have a TWIC?

Part of the TWIC is proof of Citizenship or Legal resident. You would not want your mules skinned by Terrorists here on over extended Visa's and neither would the mules. :D

genieskip 02-28-2009 12:43 PM

What the hell is a TWIC?

mgmhead 02-28-2009 01:28 PM

Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC)

TSA: Frequently Asked Questions


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