Truck drivers delivering or picking up cargo should proceed first to Cargo Bay Road for prescreening. Please be prepared to present appropriate paperwork and valid TWIC. If all paperwork and driver’s TWIC is valid and complete the driver will be directed to the appropriate gate and desired stevedore area. If truck drivers do not have a valid TWIC or correct documents for cargo transport, truck drivers will be directed to the truck office located next to the executive building for processing. Drivers without a valid TWIC will require a TWIC Escort for access to any secure-restricted area entry points. Passengers are authorized with valid ID. Driver may be required to fill out Escort documentation. If selected for random vehicle screening, driver must advise security of any passengers in the vehicle. Access may be denied if false statements are provided or compartments cannot be opened.
Taxicabs are allowed on lower level (secure-restricted area) with a valid TWIC and valid Port of Houston TWIC Escort Credential to transport vessel crew. All crew members will need their U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued shore pass and a copy of their passport and must be checked out at the gate.
Vendors/Visitors shall be placed on the gate list by contacting the desired Port Houston tenant, employee or agent responsible for handling the vessel or other operation that needs to be visited. Vendors/Visitors are allowed access only through staffed security gates.
Ship Agents shall file their gate lists electronically using the electronic Visitor Management System, for all visitors, vendors and crew members by specific ship, according to current security procedures. Contact the ship agent for access to a vessel.
Port Houston Tenants shall file their gate lists electronically using the Visitor Management System for all visitors and vendors required for specific work, according to current security procedures.
Port Houston Employees shall file their gate lists electronically using the Visitor Management System for all visitors, vendors and contractors requiring access for specific work.
Persons seeking access to any secure-restricted area without a TWIC must be escorted by an approved TWIC escort and by consulting the desired vessel agent, stevedore, or Port Houston contact. A port approved escort list can be found by contacting the Credentialing Office at 713-670-2529 or through the Turning Basin Truck Office at 713-670-2500.
Contact Port Security at 713-670-3600 or 713-670-2459 for additional information. The Facility Security Officer (FSO) for the Turning Basin facility is Patrick Mortell, who can be reached at 713-670-3642.