U.S. Coast Guard provides update on TWIC Reader Final Rule

The President of the United States signed into law August 2 the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Accountability Act of 2018 (HR.5729). This prohibits the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing the rule requiring electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials until after the Department of Homeland Security has submitted an assessment of the TWIC program to Congress.

Additionally, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a court order July 24, delaying the TWIC Reader Final Rule implementation at Certain Dangerous Cargo transfer and non-transfer facilities until further order of the court, in response to a lawsuit brought by industry groups.

The Coast Guard received 13 comments before the TWIC Reader Rule Notice of Proposed Rulemaking comment period closed July 23. The Coast Guard values public participation in the rulemaking process and looks forward to engaging further with industry. To view the comments, click here.

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance will provide additional information regarding the impacts of this law, the current lawsuit and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the near future.

Maritime Editorial