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1611 West Sallier Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 439-3661
Fax: (337) 493-3523

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Security and Safety

Ensuring Port Security: Our Commitment to Safety and Protection


The Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure/restricted areas of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)–regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard–issued credentials.

TSA will issue workers a tamper-resistant “smart card” containing the worker’s biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card itself and the individual.

To apply for a TWIC card, or for more information, visit

For more information, view these downloadable documents:

TWIC Escort Policy
LCHTD TWIC Escorting Policy Signature Form
Application for TWIC Escort
Truck Escort Procedures
Non-TWIC Truck Escort Pass
Requirements for Electronic Facility Access
Vessel Security Requirements
Facility Access Authorization Form

Tug and pilot service along Calcasieu Ship Channel
Tug and pilot service along Calcasieu Ship Channel


Here is the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District’s full TWIC policy, which is Item 404 on page 35A, of the Port of Lake Charles Tariff 13:

TRANSPORTATION WORKERS IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIAL (TWIC): As mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (the “Act”), the District and all persons entering or utilizing facilities of the District must comply with the Act, its rules, regulations and required Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC). Strict compliance with the Act, its rules and regulations (as amended and supplemented from time to time) is required. Specifically, compliance with 33 CFR 101.514, 49 CFR 1572 and the United States Coast Guard Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03- 07 (as amended and supplemented from time to time) is required. The District has adopted policies and procedures to implement the Act, its rules and regulations and such policies and procedures (as amended and supplemented from time to time by the District), which are available on the District’s web site, are adopted by reference and required to be followed by all persons entering or using District facilities. All persons, vessels and any user of District facilities failing to comply with the provisions of this tariff item, the Act, its rules and regulations and District policies relating to the Act are subject to fine and other enforcement provisions provided for by this tariff and by law. Vessels and their agents shall be responsible and liable for any such fines or enforcement relating to the actions or inactions of vessels in that regard, including, but not limited to, seamen not in possession of a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and found unescorted by a TWIC holder in a restricted area of the District.

Harbor Police enforces TWIC, security
Harbor Police enforces TWIC, security

Harbor Police

The members of the Harbor Police of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District provide public safety to the port community on port property.

Here is how to reach the Harbor Police:

Emergency: (337) 436-3144
Captain/Facility Police Officer: (337) 493-3553
Assistant Facility Police Officer: (337) 493-3550
Lieutenant’s desk: (337) 493-3554
Main gate: (337) 493-3551

Vessel Security

View or download the vessel security requirements for the Port of Lake Charles.

Vessel security enforced
Vessel security enforced
Safety and security at the Port

Safety Manual

The Port of Lake Charles Safety Manual is an essential guideline while working, operating or visiting anywhere on Port property and its environs.

The Safety Manual safety manual is formatted in the PDF format, allowing for page-by-page viewing and convenient printing capabilities.

Hurricane Plan

In a hurricane, The Port provides safe harbor for all vessels, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis until it has no additional occupancy.

The port provided refuge for nearly 150 such vessels during Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Gustav.

Hurricane plan revised annually
Hurricane plan revised annually
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