President’s Column

Job Well Done Seafarers may recall that it was only a few months ago when I began one of these columns by congratulating them for a great, typically professional response to a sudden flurry of vessel activations. Turns out those activations were just a warmup. As reported elsewhere in this edition, our members recently stepped…

Seafarers Answer the Call

When the United States Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) called with an unprecedented assignment, the SIU answered in a big way. TRANSCOM in mid-September launched the largest-ever sealift readiness exercise as part of its “Turbo Activation” series, ordering dozens of ships to sea. The SIU crewed up all 33 vessels, filling every unlicensed job. “On one hand,…

SIU Celebrates 3 New Vessels

On a morning set aside to welcome new tonnage into the American-flag fleet, U.S. Merchant Mariners also got plenty of recognition. The accolades were delivered Sept. 20 in Baltimore, during a pier-side ceremony hosted by Seafarers-contracted American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC). The company is adding three vessels to its fleet: the ARC Integrity, ARC Independence…
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ITF Calls for Action Against Maritime Piracy

The International Transport Workers' Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news item. ITF Seafarers' Section Chair David Heindel, quoted in the release, also serves as secretary-treasurer of the SIU. To access the release on the ITF website, click HERE Urgent regional cooperation needed to tackle rising piracy attacks in Gulf…

ITF Inspectors Meet in Sri Lanka for Worldwide Inspectors Seminar

More than 110 International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) inspectors gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in late September for the Worldwide Inspectors Seminar (WWIS). The event, which now will take place every five years, gives the inspectors time to collaborate and network among themselves; and to develop new innovative strategies for achieving the ITF's organizational objectives…

Secretary Chao Receives AOTOS Award

Secretary Chao (second from left) is pictured at the ceremony with (from left) SIU Exec. VP Augie Tellez, SIU President Michael Sacco and SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel The U.S. Department of Transportation issued the following news release and accompanying photo on Nov. 1, 2019. SIU President Michael Sacco introduced Secretary Chao…
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