Roberts Law Group News

TWIC Reader Rule Lawsuit Dismissed

On September 17, 2018, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order dismissing the lawsuit brought by the International Liquid Terminals Association, the American Chemistry Council, and The Fertilizer Institute against the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Final Rule.

As a result of this dismissal, and based on present facts, facilities that transfer Certain Dangerous Cargo (CDC) across a marine dock to or from a vessel should be prepared to comply with the TWIC Reader Final Rule next year – likely in the late Q3 2019 or Q4 2019 timeframe. Facilities that have CDC in their TWIC areas (but do not transfer CDC across a marine dock to or from a vessel) remain on hold until pending further, ongoing regulatory review.