I think it is also required for anyone who has to enter a secure area of a port facility. When I went for my photo and fingerprints there were 2 Canadian truckers waiting in line also. I saw a sign at the roadway entrance to Port Everglades in July that said "No TWIC No Entry"
08-20-2009 08:38 PM
Thats good to know! I've never had a problem renewing my docs (knocking on wood now!) but anything that makes things easier I'm all for!
08-20-2009 08:25 PM
Having a TWIChas sped up the processing time of renewing your license - I got my new MMC in 28 days. (Merchant Marine Credential: combination of a Merchant Marinerís Document (MMD), a Merchant Marinerís License (License), a Certificate of Registry (COR), and an International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Endorsement.)
08-20-2009 05:53 PM
I'm a professional mariner with a TWIC card, I've had it for about a year now. I recently went aboard my vessel in Port Fourchon, La. and I showed my card to the 300 pound lady gate guard. This bright spark looked at my TWIC and said "whut dis is?".
I feel lots safer!
03-02-2009 01:58 PM
I have a USCG License. All licensed mariners and/or Z-Card holders are required to possess a TWIC.
03-02-2009 01:10 PM
If you have a USCG license, I don't believe getting a TWIC is optional. You have to get one.
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.
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!
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