President’s Column- Big Win, and More Progress

Our industry scored an important victory in late July, when United States Senators from both sides of the aisle stood up for the Jones Act. Specifically, they turned back two ill-conceived amendments in the Coast Guard Authorization Act that would have weakened America’s freight cabotage law. The resounding, bipartisan votes in favor of fully maintaining…

Pro-Maritime Bill Reintroduced

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California) and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) in July reintroduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act in their respective halls of Congress. The legislation, strongly backed by the SIU, would support U.S. shipbuilding by stipulating that a portion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, U.S.-crewed…

‘Jones Act is About Protecting America’

A former U.S. congressman recently wrote a powerful defense of America’s freight cabotage law. Ernest Istook, a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District, posted an op-ed headlined “The Jones Act is About Protecting America.” Currently a political science professor, Istook plainly spelled out how the century-old…
Load More
more stories

House Unanimously Passes Bill Honoring WWII Mariners

The office of U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-California) has issued the following news item. The SIU strongly supports the legislation. More than 1,200 SIU members lost their lives in World War II. Garamendi’s World War II Merchant Marine Congressional Gold Medal Act Passes House WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City), announced…

Seafarers Save 3 Near Tampa

The SIU-crewed American Pride on Sept. 18 rescued three individuals from a foundering boat near Tampa, Florida. Recertified Bosun Ronald Webb said the American Pride was headed to anchor when an alarm sounded. “The fishermen’s boat was sinking and they had gotten into a life raft,” Webb stated. “We deployed a rescue boat and put…

SIU-Crewed Williams Makes History

The following news release was issued by the U.S. Navy. It can also be viewed here. The USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams is partially crewed by SIU Government Services members. USNS Hershel 'Woody' Williams Makes Mine Counter Measure History The crew of Military Sealift Command’s expeditionary sea base USNS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams (ESB 4) completed a…
Load More
more stories
MORE EVENTS