(Jacksonville, Fla.; Dec. 7, 2007) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that it will reimburse permanent/regular employees for the initial cost of acquiring Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards, which they will soon need to access secure areas of ports. The decision, which applies to Crowley merchant mariners and shore side personnel, is expected to expedite the TWIC application process by removing the financial burden on individual employees, and will help the company meet federal regulatory requirements before the end of 2008.
TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWICs are tamper-resistant biometric credentials for workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. It is anticipated that more than 750,000 workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others will be required to obtain a TWIC.
Enrollment and issuance of TWIC began at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Oct. 16, 2007, and will continue through calendar year 2008. To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA.
“The security of our ports is important to all Americans, so the sooner we can get everyone on board with the program, the better off were all going to be,” said Tom Crowley, chairman, president and CEO. “We want to make sure affected Crowley employees are in compliance early and one of the ways to help that along is to remove the personal financial obligation associated with the application process.”
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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