Presidents Report

Election Day Approaches I don’t have to tell you that Nov. 3 isn’t far off. Make sure you’re registered to vote, and, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may want to consider absentee balloting this time around. Of course, many of our members utilize absentee or early voting because they’re at sea on…

Officials from Navy League, MARAD Call for Additional U.S.-Flag Tonnage

Weighing the potential long-range effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. security, two maritime experts said the country desperately needs to bolster its commercial fleet and the corresponding manpower pool. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby (left) and Navy League VP Jonathan Kaskin advocate for the U.S. Merchant Marine during a recent online…

Shipbuilders Council Honors Sen. Sullivan

A prominent legislator from “The Last Frontier” recently received a major maritime honor. Senator Sullivan The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honored U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) with the SCA Maritime Leadership Award on June 30. The award is given annually “to national…
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3 Halls Reopening Sept. 21

The hiring halls in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Jersey City will reopen Monday morning, Sept. 21, 2020. The halls had been closed for precautionary reasons. Separately, the Mobile hall is still without power and remains closed until further notice. ###

Maersk Reaches Safety Milestone

SIU-contracted Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) recently celebrated a significant safety milestone. As of Sept. 12, 2020, the company’s entire internationally trading “blue” fleet had gone 12 months without a single lost-time incident (defined as necessitating an injured mariner to miss a day’s work for recovery). “This is a major achievement and credit goes to all…

Important Update on Mobile Hall, Meeting

The hiring hall in Mobile, Alabama, didn’t sustain damage from Hurricane Sally, but is without power. The hall will remain closed until further notice, and the special meeting originally scheduled for Sept. 18 is being postponed. When a date is firmed up for the meeting, an update will be posted. ###
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3 Halls Temporarily Closing

For precautionary reasons, the following hiring halls are closed until further notice: Philadelphia; Baltimore; and Jersey City, New Jersey. Those halls will be reachable by phone during normal business hours, and members can still conduct business with them. We will post an update as soon as possible, but anticipate the closures lasting approximately one week.…

Roundup of Updates on Credentials, Passports, TWICs, Medical Certs.

LAST UPDATED SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 Editor’s note: The following is a recap of pandemic-related communications from the Coast Guard, National Maritime Center, and State Department that remain relevant to SIU members. Links to the original announcements are included. MMCs in Relation to TWIC From Marine Safety Information Bulletin Number 13-20, issued Aug. 31, 2020 “For…

Coast Guard Posts Updates, Reminders About TWICs and MMCs

The U.S. Coast Guard recently posted the following Marine Safety Information Bulletin, available on the agency's website HERE. Seafarers are encouraged to read the section titled "Merchant Mariner Credentials." The key points from that section include the following: "For mariners already holding a MMC, if their TWIC expires, and their credential remains valid, then no…
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