US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston issued a Port Security Information Bulletin relaying a recommendation from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) relating to the renewal of expiring Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs). Due to the high number of TWIC Extended Expiration Date (EED) requests, significant delays are being experienced by TWIC holders attempting to contact the various TSA call centers. TSA is working to add more phone lines and representatives, which may take up to a month to implement. In the meantime, it is requested that TWIC holders refrain from ordering an EED TWIC until the holder’s existing credential falls within four months of the expiration date. PSIB 02-12 (11/21/12).

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting