The Coast Guard will hold its
Industry Day conference Thursday in Kodiak. Personnel from the Coast Guard
Sector Anchorage and Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak will give presentations
and answer questions on topics of concern to the maritime industry.
Presentation material will be focused on commercial waterfront facilities and
commercial marine operator issues. Specific discussion at the event will center
around the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC program,
facility security and area maritime security.
Lieutenant Jason Boyle, supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak, said that
while the day is tailored for members of the maritime community, it is open to
the public, and he invites anyone with an interest in maritime issues to
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Boyle said promoting better
communication between the Coast Guard and the port of Kodiak
is a major aim of the day.
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been done in the past.")
Discussion of the TWIC
program, which goes into effect in February, will be a major focus of Industry
Day presentations, Boyle said. The Department of Homeland Security program's
goal is to ensure that anyone who has unescorted access to secure areas of port
facilities and vessels has had a thorough background check and is not a
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to certain facilities.")
Boyle said making the port of Kodiak safer and more secure is the
ultimate goal of the event.
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and a more secure place.")
The Coast Guard's Industry day events will take
place Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fisherman's Hall in Kodiak. Mark
Hamilton, the Coast Guard's Captain of the Port of Western Alaska
will be on hand to answer questions. More detailed information on the event is
available from Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak.