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Implementation of TWIC Security Policies on 4/14/2009

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Attention U.S.M.M.V.W.W.II Organization and S.S. Lane Victory Crew Members:

On Tuesday 4/14/2009 our facility and vessel will be implementing our new security plan to be compliant with the enforcement of TWIC rules/regulations.  The facility and vessel will be divided into 3 zones, PUBLIC, SECURE, and RESTRICTED zones. 

PUBLIC zones are open to the general public.  In general, areas of the facility and vessel that have been historically open to the public will remain so, when a gangway watch is in place.

SECURE zones are areas of the facility and vessel that are not open to the general public and are required to be locked at all times when not being accessed by a crew member.  Crewmembers without a TWIC will still have access to SECURE zones.  

RESTRICTED zones are areas of the facility and vessel that are open only to crewmembers that have a TWIC.  

Keys:  The locks on the main gate will be changed on 4/14/2009 and new keys will be issued.  The keys will be numbered and each crew member will be required to sign for their key.  It will be unlawful to have duplicate keys made of loan one’s key to anyone else.  Anyone who is found to have created an unauthorized duplicate of, or have loaned out their gate key will have their badges and access to the vessel revoked.

Crew members must have the DHS mandated information on file with the security department to be issued a new gate key.  Crew members who do not submit the required information will have their badges revoked, will not be issued a new gate key and will have their access limited to PUBLIC zones only.  Non-TWIC holders will be issued a key that only allows access to the main gate.  TWIC holders will be issued a key that allows access to the main gate and all RESTRICTED zone locks.  Access to SECURE zones will continue to use the department issued padlock keys (blue, red, green, etc).

There are significant changes to the gangway watch procedures and other aspects of the security plan.  Please see the Chris Brooks (FSO/VSO) at your earliest convenience to be issued a new gate key and get a copy of the updated security policies.  

The security department does not welcome or relish these changes.  However, we must comply with all federal laws and regulations in order to continue as an operational sea-going vessel.  We apologize for any inconveniences and thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding.

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