Houston Transport Company, Alerts Truckers to New U.S. Coast Guard Security Clearance Requirements
May-11-09 HOUSTON, TX - Houston trucking company Covey Transport confirms that Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) are now mandatory in the state of Texas. TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guardissued credentials. Individuals meeting TWIC eligibility requirements will be issued a tamperresistant credential containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card and the individual. Covey Transport, the Houston heavy hauling company, supports the goal of the new TWIC program to ensure that all individuals who have unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels undergo a thorough governmental background check. This is an effort by the Department of Homeland Security and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), to provide greater port security. According to Covey's Logistics Manager John Reinhardt, port authorities began checking for the TWIC cards in seven captain-of-the-port zones beginning December 30, 2008. Ports include Baltimore and Philadelphia, the Ohio River, lower Mississippi River, San Diego, California and Mobile, Alabama. The deadline for Houston was extended to April 15, 2009 due to Hurricane Ike, which hit the Texas Gulf Coast last September. Port of Houston trucking services are a specialty of Covey Transport as their trucking company can move steel pipe, steel plates and steel beams or other freight directly to or from the port. With both their trucking company and storage yard based in Houston, Covey Transport has convenient access to ships. "We support any effort to improve the security of our ports and want to ensure no interruption in transportation service, so we are alerting partners within our industry to the upcoming changes," said Reinhardt. About Covey Transport Covey Transport is a family-owned business that has been transporting steel for over 30 years. Specializing in Port of Houston trucking services, the company offers direct discharge American port services. This direct discharge service allows steel exports to the United States, as well as other general ship freight uploaded directly to their trucks and transported to the customer or to Covey Transport's steel storage yard for national distribution. For more information, please contact: John Reinhardt Covey Transport (713) 676-2627 www.coveytransport.com
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