President’s Column

Time is Now for Revitalization I’m sure we could come up with some exceptions, but for the most part, any given industry is more likely to end up in the news during times of crisis rather than when going through routine operations. Not to pick on our brothers and sisters in the airline industry, but…

SIU-Affiliated Paul Hall Center Earns ‘Center of Excellence’ Designation

The SIU-affiliated school in southern Maryland interchangeably goes by more than one name, but the facility recently added a new designation carrying some well-earned cachet: Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). Announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) in mid-February, the CoE label is valid for five…

SIU-Crewed Ships Assist With Gaza Aid

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) on March 20 announced that three SIU-crewed vessels are slated to play key roles in a mission that ultimately aims to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid shipments to Gaza following the construction of a temporary pier off the coast. The construction is expected to take around 60 days…
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USTRANSCOM Leader Stresses Importance of Sealift

The U.S. Transportation Command recently posted the following news release. To access it on the USTRANSCOM website, click or tap HERE. USTRANSCOM commander testifies on top readiness concerns Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost, commander of U.S. Transportation Command, speaks with Air Force Tech. Sgt. Hyacinth Malak, assigned to the 378th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, at…

SIU-Backed Trade Petition Gains Traction

The following news item was posted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (available HERE). Prior coverage is available HERE. SIU President David Heindel also serves as president of the Maritime Trades Department, one of the formal backers of the petition. USTR Initiates Section 301 Investigation of China’s Targeting of the Maritime, Logistics,…

Task Force Honors Sen. Stabenow

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (to which the SIU is affiliated) recently issued the following news item: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Lifetime Achievement Supporting U.S. Great Lakes Shipping WASHINGTON D.C.  (April 10, 2024) – On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force (GLMTF) recognized the significant contributions Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow…
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Important Notice to Seafarers Regarding Vaccines at CVS

Effective immediately, CVS retail stores are no longer in-network with Cigna for vaccine administration (including Covid-19 vaccines and boosters). This means that if you have any type of a vaccine at a CVS retail store, you will have a higher copayment. As confusing as it may sound, CVS MinuteClinics and CVS HealthHubs are still in-network. CVS MinuteClinics…

Updated COVID Policy for Paul Hall Center, Hiring Halls

Effective immediately, the COVID vaccine will no longer be a requirement to enter a hiring hall or to attend classes at the Paul Hall Center. Apprentices are, however, still required to be vaccinated in order to be assigned to apprentice positions. If anyone else is not fully vaccinated (meaning the original vaccines and any available…

Vaccination Records at Your Fingertips

The SIU has partnered with WellCheck to bring members a new way to keep your proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the ready - on your mobile device. By using the WellCheck app, SIU members can upload their vaccine cards using their smartphone, where the information listed will be verified by state medical databases. Once verified,…
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