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Department of Homeland Security/US Coast Guard Port Worker Screening

2006-05-17

On April 28, 2006, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Coast Guard (U.S.C.G.) issued a Federal Directive (33 CFR Part 125 {USCG-2006-24189} Maritime Identification Credentials, Ref. Federal Register / Vol. 71 No. 82) outlining current approved credentials that can be used for access to regulated U.S.C.G. Port and Facility Restricted Access (RA) Areas.

Please be advised that while the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is developing a national Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), this program is not scheduled to commence until late 2006. Until such time as when TWIC is implemented, an interim Transportation Port Workers Screening is required by U.S.C.G. and TSA. As part of this initial screening and vetting process, the Company is required to provide certain information to U.S.C.G. with respect to all Employees and Long Term contractors requiring access to Crowley Maritime Corporations regulated Seaport Facilities. [See Privacy Act Notice] (Contractors are considered long term if they may have access to a Crowley facility for ninety (90) days or more during a calendar year).

The following is a list of the type of information that will be provided to the Government by May 30, 2006 as required by the directive:

(1) Name,

(2) Date of Birth,

(3) Alien Registry number, (if the Employee or Long Term Contractor has no Social Security Number)

The following is a list of optional information requested in the directive:

(4) Social Security Number

On May 30, 2006 U.S.C.G. will begin to monitor Port Facilities to check that all personnel within Crowley facilities have been listed and approved by the TSA. Prior to May 26, 2006, designated company personnel will compile all required information/data entry for both Administrative and Union Employees and, thereafter, each Crowley 33 CFR Part 105 regulated port facility will transfer its individual data list to the U.S.C.G. geographical district in which the facility resides through a pre-authorized/approved, password protected governmental web portal.

Long Term Contractors are, therefore, advised of their responsibility to forward screening information to the appropriate Crowley representatives by May 26, 2006. Long Term Contractors should transfer screening information to Crowley Facility Security Officers (FSOs) by Facility/Region. Crowley representatives by area are as follows:

U.S. West Coast: Pat Porter; Contact #: (206) 332-8235; E-mail: Pat.Porter@Crowley.com

Port Everglades, FL: Ed Alford; Contact #: (305) 470-4089; E-mail: Edward.Alford@Crowley.com

Jacksonville, FL: Doug Hargett; Contact #: (904) 727-2195; E-mail: Doug.Hargett@Crowley.com

Pennsauken, NJ: Dwight English; Contact #: (856-966-5804; E-mail: Dwight.English@Crowley.com

San Juan, P.R.: Esteban Hernandez; Contact #: (787) 729-1098; E-mail: Esteban.Hernandez@Crowley.com

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: Edwin Marte; Contact # (787) 729-1027; E-mail: Edwin.Marte@Crowley.com

Privacy Act Notice

Authority: 49 U.S.C.114, 50 U.S.C.191, and 33 CFR part 125 and authorize the collection of this information.

Purpose: DHS will use this information to conduct a security threat assessment on port facility employees, port facility long-term contractors, and longshoremen.

Routine Uses: The information will be used by and disclosed to DHS personnel and contractors or other agents who need the information to assist in activities related to port security. Additionally, DHS may share the information with facility operators, Longshore unions, and law enforcement or other government agencies as necessary to respond to potential or actual threats to transportation security, or pursuant to its published Privacy Act system of records notice.

Disclosure: Furnishing this information is voluntary to the individual employee. However, an employees failure to allow the Company to furnish the required information may delay or prevent the completion of that persons security threat assessment and may therefore prevent access to work at a MTSA regulated facility.