President’s Report

Another Job Well Done Around this time last year, I congratulated our members and our officials in the hiring halls and at the manpower office for stepping up and tackling a flurry of vessel activations. Kudos once again are in order following a total of 19 recent activations that wrapped up in late August. Although…

SIU Members Show Mettle in WWII

Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment from a 1951 booklet titled “The Seafarers in World War II.” Penned by the late SIU historian John Bunker, the publication recapped SIU members’ service in the War. More than 1,200 SIU members lost their lives to wartime service in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Earlier installments are available…

TOTE Maritime Alaska Celebrates Shipping Milestone

Seafarers-contracted TOTE Maritime Alaska recently commemorated its 45th anniversary of providing service between Washington State and Alaska. “TOTE Alaska has a proud history of serving the people and communities of Alaska,” TOTE Alaska President Grace Greene said in a statement. “Driven by a commitment to excellence, we have consistently worked to deliver on our promise…
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Navy League Report Calls for Stronger Commitment to U.S.-Flag Fleet

From the Maritime Trades Department: After reviewing and analyzing the growth of the Chinese maritime industry during the 21st century, the Navy League of the Unites States is calling for a renewed commitment to preserve and strengthen the U.S.-flag fleet, including domestic shipbuilding. Released October 22, the report – China’s Use of Maritime for Global…

SIU Crew Aids Stranded Boaters

Seafarers recently came to the aid of stranded boaters in the Pacific, approximately 150 miles off the California coast. Chief Steward Samuel Sinclair provided these photos from the MV Jean Anne (Pasha Hawaii) along with the following notes: “The boat was drifting at sea for days and was spotted by 3rd MATE Jim Marren. The captain notified…

Jacksonville Hiring Hall Temporarily Closes

The hiring hall in Jacksonville, Florida, is closed until further notice, for precautionary reasons. Members can still conduct business with the hall via phone and email. The phone number is (904) 281-2622. We’ll post an update as soon as possible. ###
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Jacksonville Hiring Hall Temporarily Closes

The hiring hall in Jacksonville, Florida, is closed until further notice, for precautionary reasons. Members can still conduct business with the hall via phone and email. The phone number is (904) 281-2622. We’ll post an update as soon as possible. ###

Coast Guard Updates MMC, STCW Extensions

The U.S. Coast Guard has posted the following Marine Safety Information Bulletin, dated Sept. 30. The bulletin is linked on the agency's website HERE. For Seafarers, the two most significant changes are: Merchant Mariner Credentials National Endorsements: Under 46 USC Section 7507, Merchant Mariner Credentials may only be extended for up to one year from…

NMC Offers Tips for Document Renewals

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center posted the following news item on Sept. 23. Both the headline and the link at the end of the notice go to a PDF version. COVID-19 Impacts to Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) Application Processing Times The National Maritime Center (NMC) continues to experience increased MMC application net processing…
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