COVID-19 Safety Updates

USNS Grumman News Plus Other Updates (May 14, 2020) (message HERE)

SHBP Brief (May 5, 2020) (message HERE)

Message to Seafarers Concerning Larger-Scale Resumption of Crew Changes (April 30, 2020) (message HERE)

NMC: Renewal Exams by Email (April 23, 2020)

SIU Election Message to All Members (April 17) (message HERE)

Message to Seafarers Concerning Upcoming Crew Changes (April 16, 2020) (message HERE)

TWIC Expiration Dates Extended (April 16, 2020) (article HERE)

State Department Passport Notice (April 14, 2020)

Seafarers 401(K) Plan adopts changes to help participants (article HERE)

The SIU’s May membership meetings have been cancelled (brief announcement HERE)

USCG: COVID-19 TWIC Operations

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

USCG: Essential Maritime Workers

USCG: COVID-19 Drug Testing Compliance

National Maritime Center Update (March 30, 2020)

Important Mariner Credentials Update (March 30, 2020)

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

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

A detailed update (originally posted March 20) from the SIU is located HERE.

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

President’s Column

We’re Up to the Challenge As of this writing in early April, our country was bracing for what was expected to be a surge of confirmed coronavirus cases, despite nationwide efforts to limit their spread. You all know that the COVID-19 pandemic is tragic, complicated and unpredictable. It has upended what we recently considered “normal…

Maritime Labor Leaders Urge Congress: Protect Jones Act

The heads of nine maritime-oriented labor organizations, including SIU President Michael Sacco, recently fired off a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Armed Services committees to preserve the nation’s freight cabotage law (the Jones Act) as they crafted legislation to help American workers and businesses…

Jones Act Support Evident in Hearing

The leader of the U.S. Maritime Administration and a U.S. congressman both expressed strong backing for America’s freight cabotage law during a March 11 hearing on Capitol Hill. Their respective comments were made as the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces conducted a joint hearing on Sealift and Mobility Requirements…
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Maritime Day Includes Celebration of Gold Medal for WWII Mariners

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued the following news item: Maritime Day Observance Also Recognizes Award of Congressional Gold Medal to World War II Merchant Mariners WASHINGTON – On this Maritime Day, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) are honoring the men and women who serve the industry “in peace and…

White House Issues National Maritime Day Proclamation

To access the proclamation on the White House website, click HERE Proclamation on National Maritime Day, 2020 Since the founding of our great Nation, we have relied on merchant mariners to deliver goods to market and strengthen our national security.  On National Maritime Day, we recognize the United States Merchant Marine for all it does…

Tune in for MARAD’s Virtual National Maritime Day Celebration

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a media advisory inviting people to watch the agency's National Maritime Day ceremony, scheduled for this Friday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. Here's the announcement (including the link): Maritime Administration to Host Virtual National Maritime Day Celebration The Event Will Feature Remarks from Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao On…
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