U.S. Coast Guard proposes delay on TWIC rule

The Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to delay the effective date for certain facilities affected by the “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements,” published in the Federal Register August 23, 2016.

The Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date for the following two categories of facilities by three years, until August 23, 2021:

  • Facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not transfer these cargoes to or from a vessel
  • Facilities that receive vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not, during that vessel-to-facility interface, transfer these bulk cargoes to or from those vessels

Other vessels and facilities, including facilities that receive large passenger vessels and facilities regulated under 33 CFR 105.295 that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk and transfer it to or from a vessel, would still be required to comply with the final rule by Thursday, August 23.

The Coast Guard is accepting comments and related materials regarding this proposed delay until Monday, July 23.

“This proposed delay is to consider industry input asking us to reconsider the scope of the TWIC Reader final rule and to re-evaluate the underlying methodology used to determine the facilities subject to the electronic TWIC inspection requirements,” said Capt. Ryan Manning, Chief of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance. “The Coast Guard views public participation as essential to effective rulemaking and encourages comments be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.”

For more information, contact Lt. Cmdr. Yamaris Barril at (202) 372-1151 or Yamaris.d.barril@uscg.mil.

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