Mobile TWIC unit to visit Molokai

A mobile Transportation Worker Identification Credential unit will make a stop on Molokai from Tuesday to Aug. 28 to help transportation workers with expired credentials apply for renewals of their TWIC cards, according to an announcement.

All credentialed mariners or workers who need unescorted access to pick up freight in secured areas of maritime facilities and vessels are required to have a TWIC card. The cards are issued by the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The three-day service will help more than 140 transportation workers, the announcement said.

“Molokai receives many deliveries through freight services at the harbor, and these cards are essential for doing business there,” Mayor Alan Arakawa said. “By bringing the TWIC unit here, we can get these access cards out to the community quickly so that the flow of business is not delayed. It may seem like a minor detail, but on Molokai, this can make or break a local business.”

The $5,000 cost of bringing the mobile unit to the Friendly Isle is being paid for through the Molokai Economic Development Fund.

An appointment is required to enroll or to renew an existing TWIC card. Applicants must arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment and bring proper documentation. To schedule an appointment, call the Kuha’o Business Center in Kaunakakai at (808) 553-8100. For more information, visit