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Posted: October 14, 2008

TWIC compliance dates announced for more Captain of the Port Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard and Transportation Security Administration have announced that Feb. 12, 2009, is the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program compliance date for owners and operators of maritime and port facilities within the following Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zones: Honolulu, Hawaii; Prince William Sound, Alaska, Southeast Alaska and Western Alaska.

The TWIC compliance date of Feb. 28, 2009, has been set for Captain of the Port Zones Portland, Ore.; Puget Sound, Wash.; and San Francisco Bay, Calif., while the compliance date for the Captain of the Port Zone of New York is March 23, 2009.

A framework showing expected compliance dates by Captain of the Port Zone is available on the U.S. Coast Guard's Homeport Web site at

In a notice previously published in the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security clarified that, until April 15, 2009, U.S. mariners holding a Coast Guard license, merchant mariner document, certificate of registry or STCW endorsement "may continue to use their mariner credentials, along with a photo ID, to gain unescorted access to facilities and vessels."