April 14, 2009 was the official compliance deadline for the sector to implement the TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Program. The TWIC program’s goal is to ensure that individuals considered to pose any type of threat do not gain access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime transportation system. More information can be obtained by accessing the TWIC website at http://www.tsa.gov/twic.
As a result of the TWIC program, all employees/visitors/contractors/truck drivers wishing to access what is considered a restricted facility must have a TWIC card or be accompanied by a TWIC escort. All of Texas Terminals LP’s port facility is considered a restricted facility according to this program. Therefore, all employees/visitors/contractors/truck drivers must have a valid TWIC card upon entering the facility. If a TWIC card is not available, Texas Terminals LP will provide an escort for a fee. Only Texas Terminals’ customers will not be required to pay this fee.
It is the policy of Texas Terminals LP to charge $60.00 per hour for any escort provided to anyone requesting access to the facility that does not have a TWIC card. The individual requiring a TWIC escort must be prepared to pay the charges day of service. Texas Terminals accepts cash only.