President’s Column: Many Accomplishments in 2018

In taking one last look back at 2018 before we dive into the New Year, our union has much to be proud of. We welcomed new ships into the SIU-contracted fleet. We secured new and improved benefits, along with industry-leading contracts. We opened a new hiring hall in Puerto Rico, and we also helped our…

MSC Commander: ‘Mariners Will Be There!’

The commanding officer of the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) recently voiced a strong vote of confidence in the dependability of U.S. Merchant Mariners. Rear Adm. Dew Mewbourne, posting Nov. 1 on his “Commander’s Blog,” said, “In some war planning room right now, there is a potential adversary weighing their odds of victory in a…

CSA Honors SIU-Contracted Companies

A number of Seafarers-contracted companies earned accolades at a recent Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) event. The CSA on Nov. 7 hosted its annual environmental achievement awards dinner in Washington, D.C. Among the vessel and tug operators recognized were SIU-contracted Alaska Tanker Company, Crescent Towing, Crowley Maritime and several of its subsidiaries, E.N. Bisso…
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MV Green Lake Rescues 7 in Deadly Car Carrier Fire

Pictured in photo above aboard the Green Lake in the Pacific Northwest are (from left) Safety Director Ben Anderson, SA Jolanta Goch, AB John Rawlings, AB Bernardo Bartolome, AB Robert Calvo, Bosun Isaac Amissah, AB Paul Gottschling, AB Ted Thompson, OMU Mario Santos, SB Peter Schuetz and CC Jose Clotter. The crew of the MV…

Bill Aims to Honor WWII Mariners

The office of U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California) has issued the following news release, dated January 15. More than 1,200 SIU members gave their lives in World War II. Rep. Garamendi Introduces Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), introduced H.R. 550,…

Lakes Limestone Trade Increases in 2018

The Lake Carriers’ Association has issued the following news brief, dated Jan. 15: Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 1.3 Percent in 2018 CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28.4 million tons in 2018, an increase of 1.3 percent compared to 2017.  2018’s loadings were also 2.8 percent above the trade’s 5-year…
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