President’s Report

Although the COVID-19 global pandemic is far from finished as of this writing in mid-December, I extend one last 2020 “thank you” to all Seafarers and their families for a job well done in the face of unprecedented challenges. Your work has never been more important, and you consistently have risen to the occasion. Well…

AOTOS Goes Virtual, Honors Entire Industry

The United Seamen’s Service (USS) 51st annual Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) Award was presented virtually for the first time, in a Dec. 9 ceremony that highlighted the work of the entire American maritime community. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao accepts this year’s AOTOS award during a virtual…

Labor Department Honors Crowley As Veteran-Friendly Employer

U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia recently awarded SIU-contracted Crowley Maritime the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Platinum Medallion for its exemplary success recruiting, employing and retaining U.S. military veterans. Official logo for DOL award The HIRE Vets Medallion Program, created through a 2017 federal…
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MTD Applauds ‘Buy American’ Executive Order

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, has posted the following news item. The SIU is an MTD affiliate; SIU President Michael Sacco also serves as MTD president. PRESIDENT BIDEN SPECIFIES JONES ACT IN ‘BUY AMERICAN’ EXECUTIVE ORDER Only in office for six days, President Joe Biden confirmed his career-long support for the Jones Act by specifically…

Another Push Made for Crew Changes

From the International Transport Workers' Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated. (Click HERE to access the release on the ITF website.) ITF PRESS RELEASE Neptune Declaration resets expectation, accountability on maritime industry to act to end crew change crisis 26 January 2021 A new global pledge signed by over 300 maritime industry and human…

AMP: Maritime Leaders Applaud Biden Administration

The following news release was issued by the American Maritime Partnership on January 25. American Maritime Leaders Applaud Biden Administration for Prioritizing Support of the Jones Act in “Buy American” Executive Order Jones Act Supports 650,000 American Jobs Throughout Every State & Territory WASHINGTON – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the nation’s…
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Reminders Concerning Recent Marine Safety Info. Bulletins

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center recently circulated multiple Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB) that are relevant to many SIU members. Updates from those bulletins follow. TWIC Extension As laid out in Maritime Safety Information Bulletin number 13-20, “For mariners already holding a Merchant Marine Credential (MMC), if their Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)…

Gov’t to Require Negative Test When Arriving in U.S.

U.S. Maritime Alert 2021-002A Threat Type: Upcoming Mariner Travel Requirements Change Geographic Area: Worldwide (for all air passengers entering the United States) Retransmittal of State Department COVID-19 Traveler Information dated January 12, 2021: “Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers arriving in the United States (including…

Maritime Unions Push for Vaccine Access

The following letter, dated January 8 and signed by eight presidents of U.S. seagoing labor unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, was sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Dr. Jose Romero. U.S. seagoing labor: Access to COVID-19 vaccine for deep-sea…
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