Douglas Ross, of Simon Fraser’s political science department, said the ease with which Greenpeace activists occupied the oil terminal last Wednesday illustrates the vulnerability of [...]
U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) is asking the U.S. Coast Guard to hold off on proceeding with a proposed rule mandating the use of electronic card readers to access vessels and port facilities, until the card readers are thoroughly reviewed and tested.
“The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program has [...]
Excerpts from Marine Link:
Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a scathing report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) electronic reader pilot test and on the TWIC program in general… The GAO also said that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency charged with developing the TWIC program, has never determined whether [...]
The average wage of Port of Tacoma security officers will reach $83,824 yearly at the end of a new four-year contract approved by the Port of Tacoma commission Thursday.
The security officers, who are represented by the Longshore Union, received an average wage increase of 3.8 percent during their prior, four-year contract. Union members ratified [...]
A judge Wednesday rejected the Port of Portland’s request for an emergency injunction that would block a strike by marine terminal security guards.
The security guards represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union plan to go on strike Sunday because of failed contract negotiations. It’s assumed that the longshoremen who load and unload ships [...]
A Multnomah County judge declined Wednesday to block a strike that the Port of Portland claims will cause a catastrophic economic disaster.
Circuit Judge John Wittmayer rejected an emergency petition by the Port, meaning that security officers remain on track for a strike starting Sunday that’s expected to shut three terminals as longshore workers honor [...]
As a strike looms, Oregon’s state conciliator plans to hold last-ditch talks Saturday between longshore security guards and the Port of Portland.
State Conciliator Robert Nightingale said Monday he would mediate talks in an attempt to avert a strike scheduled by Port security officers.
If no agreement is reached, Local 28 of the International Longshore [...]
The Port of Prince Rupert has become the first marine facility to implement a new cargo screening project as part of a new Canada-US security agreement.
Under the new pilot project, the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, any cargo arriving at the port must be screened upon arrival, which when cleared, will be free to move [...]
From the Emergency Management blog:
REAL ID and The Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) are two examples of how the Federal government is trying to develop standards for identification cards.
The “troubled” TWIC card program, like REAL ID, has been delayed time and again. Now the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) is providing a modification [...]
Shippers on Wednesday failed to convince members of Congress to scrap legislation requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S. ports.
The “scan all” requirement is set to take effect next month despite the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with major shippers, repeatedly telling Congress that [...]
Use of electronic readers to verify valid Transportation Worker Identification Credentials at ports is more than 2 years away, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft said March 26.
Zukunft, who spoke at a joint hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Oversight and Government Reform committees, said the Homeland Security Department is working [...]
The Emergency Management blog reported this week on the TWIC reader pilot program:
I’ve only read the summary document, but holy moly there were many glitches in the tests that were done.
Readers that did not hold up to a marine environment Readers that could not take high levels of usage Cards [...]
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