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June 26, 2018

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives


A proposal to delay the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader rule effective date for certain facilities was released by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) this week. Currently, the deadline to implement the TWIC reader requirements final rule is August 23, 2018. There is also pending legislation in both the House and Senate would delay the TWIC reader rule. Separate Senate and House bills, now in committee, would delay implementation of the rule.

In the USCG notice of proposed rulemaking, the compliance deadline for the TWIC rule would be extended until August 23, 2021, for the following two categories of facilities:

1. Facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not transfer these cargoes to or from a vessel, and 2. Facilities that receive vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not, during that vessel-to-facility interface, transfer these bulk cargoes to or from those vessels.

However, other vessels and facilities, including facilities that receive large passenger vessels and facilities regulated under 33 CFR 105.295 that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk and transfer it to or from a vessel, would still be required to comply with the final rule by Aug. 23, 2018.

The Coast Guard is accepting comments through July 23. Comments may be transmitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.


This position is located in the Office of Gateways, Office of the Associate Administrator for Intermodal System Development, Maritime Administration (MARAD).The employee serves as the Director in the Paducah, Kentucky Gateway Office.

The Gateway Offices are established to help designate, develop, and lead projects that aid in attaining the Maritime Administration and Department of Transportation objectives to enhance safety, reduce congestion, promote economic growth, protect the environment, and support emergency preparedness and response. These offices provide a local emphasis and a local face to support and help coordinate with the many private sector and government maritime stakeholders. Effective policy, prioritization, and responsiveness depend heavily on an accurate and real-time understanding of the issues within the regions, states, and local areas, which the Gateway Offices will provide. America’s seaports are essential gateways for the U.S. transportation system and the economy. Ports, waterways, and the intermodal corridors that serve them are critical components of a national system that faces increasing challenges as the demands of commerce outpace the capacity to move people and commodities.

The ideal candidate is a mid-level to senior level career professional who is an authoritative technical expert on the maritime industry and port and intermodal activities. Experience with port management, intermodal transportation, port preparedness, and marine highways. Also knowledgeable on public/private financing options at the state and local level and MARAD and DOT programs and policies.

As a Transportation Specialist, you will:

• Serve as a subject matter expert and perform a role reviewing classified documentation, especially related to port related cybersecurity assaults, foreign interests in port operations and foreign flag vessel operations that may endanger national and economic security. • Perform a broad range of assignments involving the efficient utilization of ports and intermodal systems. • Serve as the authoritative resource for the agency relative to (1) technical advice on overall management of port and intermodal transportation. • Develop and adhere to effective coordination and communication protocols – this is essential to successful mission accomplishment. • Organize and coordinate complex studies and analyses relating to the maritime and intermodal transportation industries.

Travel Required-50% or less - Position requires occasional travel. Telework eligible Yes, as determined by agency policy. Closing date 07/02/2018 Salary $87,252 to $113,428 per year Pay scale & grade GS 13 Work schedule Full-Time To learn more, please visit If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at:

Address DOT, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION Submit Application and Documents Online 1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50 Washington, District of Columbia United States

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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