President’s Column

Recognizing Industry’s Importance Recent remarks by the deputy commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) underscored the high-level military support enjoyed by the U.S. Merchant Marine. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Sullivan addressed attendees at this year’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) gathering in New York City on Oct. 28. As longtime Seafarers…

Senator, Maritime Unions Stand Up for Jones Act

A prominent United States senator and a number of labor organizations (including the SIU) recently spoke out in support of America’s freight cabotage law. In early November, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…

Matson Adding 3 New Aloha-Class Vessels

Seafarers-contracted Matson, Inc. recently announced that it has signed contracts with Philly Shipyard Inc. – which employs union labor - to build three new 3,600 TEU Aloha-Class containerships. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2026, with subsequent deliveries in 2027. The new vessels will join the two Aloha-Class…
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SIU-Crewed American Phoenix Rescues Seven

The following report was submitted by Captain Thomas Liebsch, the Master of the American Phoenix, a Seabulk-operated tanker, on December 2. AMERICAN PHOENIX Rescues Seven Cuban Migrants in Straits of Florida At 0742 LT on November 22nd, while the AMERICAN PHOENIX was transiting from Port Everglades to SW Pass, the 2nd Mate and lookout, AB…

AFL-CIO Stands with Rail Workers

The following statement was issued by the Seafarers-affiliated AFL-CIO on November 30. AFL-CIO Stands with Rail Workers, Calls on Congress to Pass Paid Sick Days  Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on Today’s Developments on Rail Worker Negotiations: Rail workers are an integral part of the supply chain that makes America's economy run. As essential…

New Maritime Alert Issued

Following is the latest alert from the U.S. Maritime Administration: U.S. Maritime Alert 2022-003A Threat Type: Threat to Commercial Vessels Geographic Area: Gulf of Aden Over the past month, there have been reports of two drone attacks on the oil export terminal in Ash Shihr, Yemen. In combination with the UN-brokered truce in Yemen having…
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Updated COVID Policy for Paul Hall Center, Hiring Halls

Effective immediately, the COVID vaccine will no longer be a requirement to enter a hiring hall or to attend classes at the Paul Hall Center. Apprentices are, however, still required to be vaccinated in order to be assigned to apprentice positions. If anyone else is not fully vaccinated (meaning the original vaccines and any available…

Vaccination Records at Your Fingertips

The SIU has partnered with WellCheck to bring members a new way to keep your proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the ready - on your mobile device. By using the WellCheck app, SIU members can upload their vaccine cards using their smartphone, where the information listed will be verified by state medical databases. Once verified,…

MSIB: COVID-19 and Transportation

The following news release was issued by the Coast Guard on April 19. MSIB: COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System: Change-5 The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-21 Change 5 “COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System”. UpdateOn April 18, 2022, the US District Court,…
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