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The low-sulfur bunker surcharge is also low in the popularity stakes

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 8/30/2012 11:42:39 PM | with 1 comments


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The official Federal Register Notice from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) allowing the extended expiration date (EED) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) has been published. Notes summarizing a special conference call during which TSA rolled out the EED TWIC policy are now available online. Some Congressmen have commented on the policy.



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On June 15th, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) TWIC website announced a forthcoming option for many holders of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to extend the expiration date of their TWICs pending implementation of the US Coast Guard’s long-awaited Final Rule on TWIC reader requirements. The website announcement includes links to an EED TWIC Overview and Frequently Asked Questions, a Policy Bulletin (which is also posted on the USCG National Maritime Center website), and an Exemption Notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on June 19th.



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Two recent developments affect everyone’s favorite (if only to hate) US maritime transportation security feature, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program. Of particular interest to those who will need to renew their TWICs later this year and beyond, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has selected



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The maritime industry’s implementation of TWIC readers will be a lot more complicated than simply hanging some machines at the entry points of vessels and facilities regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. That’s one thing that’s very clear from the lengthy and sometimes murky Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Final Report on the TWIC Reader Pilot Program that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had run in response to section 104 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006. The Report was forwarded to Congress by the DHS Secretary on February 27th.



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Some 26,000 Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) may be rejected by TWIC reader machines because of defective encoding. At some point recently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted on the “Latest News” portion of its TWIC website that some previously issued TWICs had been improperly coded.



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Several proposed or planned regulations in the recently released “Spring 2011” DHS Semiannual Regulatory Agenda will impact maritime transportation security. Discussed herein are USCG actions regarding: STCW implementation, TWIC Reader requirements, Cruise Ship regulations, Maritime Security updates (MTSA II), Top Screen submissions by certain MTSA facilities, and expanded requirements for NOAD and AIS.



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The GAO reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been allowing approved applicants to designate the enrollment center for the activation and issuance of their TWICs since February 2009. Modifications to TSA systems



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Lines are telling Congress what to do

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 11/21/2010 12:25:41 PM | with 0 comments


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The Industry Waits for the Usual Follow-My-Leader
The transpacific carriers are blase about uniform rate increases

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 10/7/2010 4:08:12 PM | with 0 comments


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