Seafarers Disaster Relief Fund Accepts Donations for Philippines (11/15)


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In order to assist in the relief effort in the Philippines, the union is accepting donations to the Seafarers Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF). Money collected by the SDRF will be contributed to an overall maritime labor fund that will go directly to affected mariners and their families. We are working with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) to help ensure timely, secure delivery.


With limited exceptions, anyone may donate through the SDRF – you don’t have to be an SIU member. (The SDRF cannot accept contributions from a service provider for the union or the SIU Plans, or from a Seafarers-contracted company or any of such a company’s representatives.)


Checks should be made payable to Seafarers Disaster Relief Fund. Donations by check or money order may be made at SIU halls or may be mailed to:


Seafarers Disaster Relief Fund
c/o Secretary-Treasurer’s Office
Seafarers International Union
5201 Auth Way
Camp Springs, MD 20746


Additionally, cash donations may be made at the halls. Anyone making a cash donation will receive a receipt.


Please note that donations are not tax-deductible.



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SIU Members Assist


Several SIU-crewed ships are assisting in relief efforts, including the 2nd Lt. John Paul Bobo and the USNS Bowditch (both operated by Maersk), the USNS Pililau (AMSEA) and the Government Services Division vessels USNS Mercy, USNS Charles Drew and USS Emory Land.


Additionally, Seafarers and officers aboard the Maersk-operated USNS Henson took up their own collection and as of Nov. 14 had nearly reached their goal of $1,000 for the relief mission. Some of the mariners are pictured above.


Editor’s note: On November 20, the union received word the SIU-contracted APL Pearl, with the support of APL Maritime, has raised nearly $1,000 to be sent to the Red Cross to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.