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Do you plan to get a TWIC ?

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Hinterhoeller HR28
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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?
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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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?:)
 

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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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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
 

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If you have a USCG license, I don't believe getting a TWIC is optional. You have to get one.
 

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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!
 

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Having a TWIC has sped up the processing time of renewing your license - I got my new MMC in 28 days. (Merchant Marine Credential: combination of a Merchant Mariner’s Document (MMD), a Merchant Mariner’s License (License), a Certificate of Registry (COR), and an International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Endorsement.)
 

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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"
 
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