President’s Column — Fourth Arm of Defense Ready

Global tensions were on the rise last month in the aftermath of attacks on two foreign-flag tankers in the Gulf of Oman. While I’m thankful the mid-June incidents, which happened in international waters, did not result in any serious injuries to the crew members, they definitely underscored the ongoing need for a strong U.S. Merchant…

AMP Underscores Maritime’s Positive Impacts on Alaska, Washington State

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) recently highlighted the positive effects of the Jones Act on the Pacific Northwest. The SIU is affiliated with AMP, the primary coalition representing all components of the domestic maritime industry. Citing a new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the Transportation Institute, AMP’s first announcement focused on the state…

SIU Members Ratify Penn Maritime Pact

SIU members working for Penn Maritime recently ratified a new three-year contract featuring annual wage increases while maintaining benefits. The agreement, approved by an overwhelming majority, took effect May 1 and lasts through April 2022. In addition to boosting wages, the contract maintains health benefits at the top level available to SIU members (Core-Plus); maintains…
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Marine Safety Information Bulletin on Access to Maritime Facilities

The U.S. Coast recently published the following update Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities The Coast Guard issued a final rule on April 1, 2019,“Seafarers Access to Maritime Facilities”requiring owners or operators of a maritime facility regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) to implement a system providing seafarers, pilots, and representatives of…

Nautilus International, ITF Demand Release of Seized British Tanker and Crew

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following joint statement from the federation and Nautilus International. It's available on the ITF website HERE. David Heindel, quoted in the release, is secretary-treasurer of the SIU in addition to chairing the ITF Seafarers' Section. Nautilus International and ITF call…

Group Reviews Jones Act’s Many Positive Effects on Puerto Rico

Union officials and maritime representatives gather in Santurce, PR, to review the benefits of the Jones Act to the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, has posted the following news item. It's available on the MTD website HERE. Puerto Rican Union Officials Updated on Positive Effects of Jones…
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