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Efforts by the Department of

Homeland Security to institute

Transportation Worker Identification

Cards (TWIC) have largely been lamented in the maritime industry, as port and shipboard workers work feverishly to receive appropriate documentation which allows them to continue making a living.

TWIC, a direct result of the

September 11 terrorist attacks, has been besieged with technical and logistical prob- lems. Eight MIT graduate students with student visas learned first-hand of the frus- trations, as they were denied TWIC creden- tials, and after their department appealed the decisions on their behalf, the DHS declared at least two of the students "securi- ty threats," according to a report in The

Tech Online Edition, MIT's Student


Without the credential, the students will soon have a harder time boarding and leav- ing ships at U.S. ports, including the three research ships at the Woods Hole

Oceanographic Institute, where the stu- dents work.

The situation was reported- ly known to WHOI, but it only came to MIT's attention when a German student for- warded to colleagues in the

Earth, Atmosphere, and

Planetary Sciences Department a letter from the Department of

Homeland Security. according to the report. The letter reportedly said in part: "I have personally reviewed the

Initial Determination of Threat Assessment, your reply, accompanying information, and all other information and materials available to the TSA. Based upon this review, I have determined that you pose a security threat and you do not meet the eligibility require- ments to hold a Transportation Worker

Identification Credential (TWIC)." A

British graduate student reportedly received a similar letter.

WHOI reportedly will continue to try to obtain the credential for the students. (Source: The Tech Online Edition, MIT's

Student Newspaper & Staff Reports)


Grad students seeking to go to sea deemed 'Security Threats' by DHS

Subsea 7 Wins Total E&P Contract

Subsea 7 won a $60m, five-year contract by Total E&P UK Ltd (TEP UK) for

Inspection, Repair and Maintenance (IRM) works in the Northern and Central sectors of the North Sea. Subsea 7 is contracted to provide a complete range of IRM services to

TEP UK, which includes onshore support comprising project management, engineer- ing and general support for underwater operations through to post-job reporting.

Offshore services will include diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Tyco Wins Turnkey Contract

Main Street Technologies announced the award of the turnkey supply contract for the

Main One Cable System to Tyco


The cable system will span 14,000 km and provide high capacity for international and internet connectivity to countries between Portugal and South Africa on the

West coast of Africa.

The submarine cable project is designed in two phases, both of which are scheduled for completion in May 2010.

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