July 19, 2007
TWIC NVIC explained
Winston & Strawn LLP's Maritime Practice Group has published a useful briefing on a recently issued Coast Guard guidance on implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.
On July 10, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a public notice that its guidance for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) had been finalized in Navigation and Inspection Circular No. 03-07 (NVIC). Although the final NVIC is largely unchanged from the draft NVIC made available in January 2007, a number of clarifications have been included mainly responding to industry comments.
Although the NVIC still lacks an implementation schedule, the Transportation Security Administration and the Coast Guard informed Congress on July 12 that all enrollment centers around the country (expected to be about 130) will be up and running by the end of fiscal year 2008 (which ends September 30, 2008). Also, the first implementation of TWIC, already planned for Wilmington, Del., is likely this fall.
The Winston & Strawn briefing explains the primary differences between the draft NVIC and the final NVIC.
You can access it here.