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Small Cruise ships are stopping in Pensacola.....looking good

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Good things are coming. Very Happy

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I just wish the city would wise up and realize we have a whole lot of shipbuilders, shipfitters, mechanics and welders right here in Pensacola who could work on those ships. Heck, the ones I know have built ships.

I think it is atrocious that the city is planning to have Offshore/Inland from Mobile/Louisiana bus their contract workers over here into a city that is in dire need of employment.

Why can't we use our own workers? It makes no sense. The Mayor really needs to reconsider this before he sighs with Offshore/Inland.

Perhaps a study needs to be done regarding the high number of unemployed shipworkers we have right here in Pensacola.

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In due time folks are going to either move to Pensacola, or quit....nobody likes an hour drive each way.....in due time positions will be posted.

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I think it would be a good use for the port and surrounding businesses..

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We used to do some work on different boats that came into town. Most of our work was on the Delta Mariner. It was a real pain in the ass because of the Port security and the lack of shore power. We used to pull our or boats up to Palafox Pier and then do the final out fitting there. We also used to do some quick emergency repairs at the pier. Can not do that any more with all the nice"Improvements'. All the trendy shops have replaced the machine shops and Marine supply places and that also makes things more difficult. It is just easier to go watch a base ball game. Hell working on ships is so plebeian. Ugh!!! who needs those guys...

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How can they use the port for a cruise ship if you have to a TWIC pass? Last time i worked at the port I had to have a TWIC just to gain entrance. They must be going to use part of the pier.




The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation's maritime transportation system.

TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWICs are tamper-resistant biometric credentials issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. Over 1 million workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others are required to obtain a TWIC.

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation's maritime transportation system.

TWIC was established by Congress through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and is administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Coast Guard. TWIC's are tamper-resistant biometric credentials issued to workers who require unescorted access to secure areas of ports, vessels, outer continental shelf facilities and all credentialed merchant mariners. Over 1 million workers including longshoremen, truckers, port employees and others are required to obtain a TWIC.

To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA. Pre-enrollment is recommended as it is designed to save the applicant time by enabling them to provide their biographical information and make an appointment for in-person enrollment.

To obtain a TWIC, an individual must provide biographic and biometric information such as fingerprints, sit for a digital photograph and successfully pass a security threat assessment conducted by TSA. Pre-enrollment is recommended as it is designed to save the applicant time by enabling them to provide their biographical information and make an appointment for in-person enrollment.

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Web site: www.tsa.gov/twic
TWIC Program Help Desk: 1-866-DHS-TWIC (1-866-347-8942) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Eastern.
Please visit homeport.uscg.mil/twic for answers relating to Coast Guard enforcement and TWIC implementation.
Owners/operators/FSOs/VSOs/CSOs are encouraged to seek guidance directly from their local Captain of the Port TWIC action officer.

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TWIC holders who escort non-TWIC holders in secure areas of MTSA regulated vessels, facilities, and OCS facilities are required to meet the training requirements listed in 33 CFR 104.225, 105.215, or 106.220 (Security training for all other vessel/facility/OCS facility personnel). Specifically, escorts must have knowledge of owner/operator's escorting procedures, and the procedures and contingency plans determined by the owner/operator if an escorted individual is engaged in activities other than those for which escorted access was granted.

While monitoring or side-by-side physical accompaniment must be conducted by individuals who possess TWICs, escorts are not considered "facility personnel with security duties" as described in 33 CFR 104.220 or 105.210 or 106.215.

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This was taken at Palafox Pier this afternoon.

Small Cruise ships are stopping in Pensacola.....looking good 57794310

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2seaoat wrote:In due time folks are going to either move to Pensacola, or quit....nobody likes an hour drive each way.....in due time positions will be posted.

Many people people make the drive every day to Mobile to work at Austal,. Alabama Shipyard and some even to Ingalls in Pascagoula.

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hallmarkgrad wrote:
2seaoat wrote:In due time folks are going to either move to Pensacola, or quit....nobody likes an hour drive each way.....in due time positions will be posted.

Many people people make the drive every day to Mobile to work at Austal,. Alabama Shipyard and some even to Ingalls in Pascagoula.

I have 3 friends that drive everyday to Pascagoula in order to work at Huntington Ingalls.

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That is where we used put our boats. But back then you could bring your trucks and supplies close to the gangplank. They still might can if they move it a bit more to south. Thanks for the Photo i will check it out tomorrow...

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2seaoat wrote:In due time folks are going to either move to Pensacola, or quit....nobody likes an hour drive each way.....in due time positions will be posted.

Many people people make the drive every day to Mobile to work at Austal,. Alabama Shipyard and some even to Ingalls in Pascagoula.

That's why I makes NO sense to transfer in workers from Mobile, etc,. by bus to work at OUR shipyard. It is absurd. We have enough shipworkers in our own area to do what needs to be done.

WHY ISN'T OUR MAYOR LISTENING?

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I hope this works out for ya'll.

I never understood why some were against having cruise ships there. Youre in a perfect location. This would not only create jobs, but good jobs and it would increase revenue for tourism.

A shipping lane like this one in jax would have been a better investment I think than a ball park.

http://www.jaxport.com/

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I used to commute from the West side of Atlanta to the West side of Birmingham every day. Mornings weren't too bad because the time zone change worked in my favor. Evenings were the opposite... it made for some late evenings. It was a full 2-hour drive each way.


Pensacola's harbor is desirable in that it is a very short distance from docks to the open waters of the Gulf.

How can they use the port for a cruise ship if you have to a TWIC pass? Last time i worked at the port I had to have a TWIC just to gain entrance. They must be going to use part of the pier.


I regularly used to get truck loads of gravel from the port and would only need to show security my driver's license and they gave me a pass for that day....only had to wait in line to gain entrance.

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I would be for anything that creates Jobs!

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