Port of New London workers begin enrollment for federal security credential

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Local Press Release
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Port and longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of New London will begin enrolling today 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.

Workers can enroll at the TWIC enrollment center in New London located at 75 Crystal Ave., Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

"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 the port of New London for helping to make one of the world's most advanced interoperable biometric systems a reality."

The Port of New London is the 90th port to begin enrollment. Ultimately, TSA will establish fixed enrollment centers at 147 ports nationwide and will deploy mobile enrollment centers to dozens of other locations as needed.

"TWIC will be a crucial part of our multi-layered, risk-based approach to maritime security," said Coast Guard Capt. Daniel A. Ronan, commanding officer of Sector Long Island Sound. "The program will strengthen security and access control at ports and on hundreds of other maritime facilities and vessels."

Workers at the Port of New London are able to pre-enroll for TWIC online at the Coast Guard's Homeport site, http://homeport.uscg.mil. 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.

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