The Coast Guard has announced the commencement of enforcement for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential in two captain-of-the-port zones in North Carolina, and two in Texas, effective Nov. 28.
Within the zones, Coast Guard personnel will begin to check port workers' compliance with the TWIC regulation. All workers are to have the biometric cards by April 15, 2009.
The new TWIC enforcement areas will include the Cape Fear River and North Carolina captain-of-the-port zones, which comprise the North Carolina coast and the Port of Wilmington.
Enforcement also will begin in the Port Arthur and Corpus Christi captain-of-the-port zones, about two-thirds of the Texas Gulf coast; a portion of the Louisiana coast, but not including the Port of Houston.
Previously the Coast Guard announced TWIC enforcement at New England and Great Lakes ports.