President’s Column

Our members individually and our union as a whole regularly step up to assist others, and such behavior once again proved evident during the holidays and into the early part of the new year. Most recently, Seafarers teamed up with one of our contracted operators (Crowley Maritime) and the Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council…

Maersk Kinloss Rescues 3

Though not meant as a holiday gift, the selflessness of the SIU-crewed Maersk Kinloss was gratefully received by three adrift individuals one week before Christmas. On Dec. 18, the Kinloss rescued three fishermen who had been adrift in what appeared to be a large plastic septic tank. They had been clinging to life for almost…

Congress Extends U.S. Maritime Security Program

Before members of Congress left Washington late last year to head home for the holidays, the House and Senate both passed major spending bills, which were signed by President Trump, that contain significant wins for the U.S.-flag maritime industry. Within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 was an SIU-backed component extending…
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Coast Guard Updates FAQ Concerning Mariner Access

The U.S. Coast Guard recently posted additional information about new regulations covering mariner access to shore-side facilities. As noted in the introduction below, the new content is posted first, and is followed by a complete FAQ which the agency first published last summer. To access this information on the Coast Guard's Maritime Commons blog, click…

Union Mourns Passing of Frank Pecquex

Frank Pecquex, retired executive secretary-treasurer of the Maritime Trades Department and former SIU legislative director, passed away Feb. 15 at age 75. The following article has been posted on the MTD website. Retired MTD S/T Frank Pecquex Passes Away at 75 The MTD is sad to report the passing of retired Executive Secretary-Treasurer Frank Pecquex…

NOAA Fleet Will Expand

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently posted the following news item and accompanying photos. To access the post on the NOAA website, click HERE. NOAA crews include members of the SIU Government Services Division. Two new oceanographic vessels will join the NOAA fleet NOAA is in the process of acquiring two new oceanographic ships…
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