President’s Column – Answering the Call

When a large number of civilian-crewed military support ships activated early last month, our members and port officials stepped up and smoothly filled the jobs on all three coasts. It’s a given that the SIU always answers the call, but when you combine a large-scale activation with a short deadline, there are bound to be…

USS Selects Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to Receive AOTOS Award

One of the American maritime industry’s strongest advocates is receiving one of its most prestigious awards. The United Seamen’s Service (USS) in late June announced that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will receive the 2019 Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award “based on her careerlong commitment to the maritime industry.” The other,…

Matson Christens ConRo Lurline in San Diego

A new ship with an old name is joining the SIU fleet. Seafarers-contracted Matson on June 17 christened the Lurline, a combination container roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) vessel built by union workers at the General Dynamics NASSCO yard in San Diego. Billed as the largest American-built ConRo, it’s the sixth Matson vessel named Lurline, dating to 1887.…
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Sen. Portman Named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year

The following news release was issued on August 8 by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, to which the SIU is affiliated. Ohio Senator Rob Portman (R) has been named 2019 Great Lakes Legislator of the Year by the largest labor/management coalition representing shipping on America’s Fourth Sea Coast. The award is presented annually by Great…

CIVMAR-Crewed Hospital Ship on the Job in Panama

The U.S. Navy has issued the following news release, dated August 9. Members of the SIU Government Services Division sail aboard the USNS Comfort. To access the release on the Navy website, click HERE Comfort Starts Providing Medical Assistance in Panama Following Opening Ceremony COLON, Panama (NNS) -- Host nation government officials, partner nation representatives…

Agency Wants Comments on Maritime Training Initiative

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration has issued the following news release, dated August 9: Maritime Administration Seeks Comments on Domestic Maritime Centers of Excellence Designation Policy WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced progress in establishing Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE),…
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