COVID-19 Safety Updates

For an update from Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (April 2), click HERE

American Steamship Company’s restriction-to-ship communication is located HERE.

The most recent update from the SIU is located HERE.

A message from SIU President Michael Sacco to Seafarers is available HERE

For the latest guidance and news from the U.S. Coast Guard, click here.

Important Mariner Credentials Update (March 30, 2020)

National Maritime Center Update (March 30, 2020)

USCG: COVID-19 Drug Testing Compliance

USCG: Essential Maritime Workers

USCG: COVID-19 TWIC Operations

President’s Column

Congratulations to the U.S. Merchant Marine of World War II on the recent passage of federal legislation that awards a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their heroism. The SIU proudly and actively supported this bill, which was years in the making, just as we worked for decades to ultimately help secure veterans’ status for…

State Government Orders Address Change for Seafarers Headquarters

The union and Seafarers Plans are not relocating their headquarters operations – but they’re getting a new address, effective April 20, 2020. Because of a government-ordered change, the new address is: 5201 Capital Gateway Drive Camp Springs, Maryland 20746 The old address (since 1982, when the SIU relocated from New York) was 5201 Auth Way,…

Acting DHS Secretary Backs Jones Act

Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf recently expressed his backing of America’s freight cabotage law, the Jones Act. His remarks came Feb. 26 during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. The hearing’s main subject was the Fiscal 2021 budget request for the DHS. U.S. Rep.…
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USCG: COVID-19 TWIC Operations

The following news release was issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. To access it on the agency's website, click HERE. COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for…

Congressional Leaders Reaffirm Jones Act Support

The following news release was issued by the offices of Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Sam Graves (R-Missouri). Committee Leaders Reaffirm Bipartisan Opposition to Any Effort to Waive the Jones Act and Jeopardize U.S. Maritime Jobs Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Full Committee Ranking Member Sam…

U.S. Maritime Industry Urges President Trump to Support Jones Act

From the Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO: US-FLAG MARITIME UNITED IN OPPOSING OIL COMPANIES’ SCHEME FOR JONES ACT WAIVER Union and non-union mariners, ship owners, dredgers, schools, barge operators, pilots, suppliers and more within the U.S.-flag maritime industry — large and small — have come together to send a letter to President Donald Trump that they…
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