President’s Column: Excellent Election Results

As we close out another successful year for our union, I extend my sincere thanks to all Seafarers who stepped up to the plate and participated in grassroots political activities in 2018. It cannot be said too many times: Our industry’s survival depends on constant political involvement. On that note, as of this writing shortly…

SIU Opens New Puerto Rico Hall in Style

Facility Hailed as Big Upgrade for Seafarers and Their Families For a Facebook album from the event, click HERE After many years of stalled attempts, the SIU was more than happy to officially open the new hiring hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 8 with an event that included food, drinks and a live…

Seafarers Honored at AOTOS Event

Annual Gathering Recognizes SIU Crews, Others Several SIU- and CIVMAR-crewed ships as well as an individual Seafarer were recognized at this year’s Admiral of the Ocean Seas (AOTOS) awards dinner. Hosted by the United Seamen’s Service, the event took place Nov. 2 in New York City. The top awards went to Paul Doell, national president…
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SIU Members on Crowley Vessel Awarded Medals

The following news release was issued by SIU-contracted Crowley Maritime. Crew of Crowley-Managed SS Wright Awarded Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement by the United States Maritime Administration Officers and crewmembers of the SS Wright, a Crowley-managed, U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force (RRF) ship, were recently honored with Merchant Marine Medals for Outstanding Achievement for…

USNS Victorious Mariners Help Orphans in Philippines

The following article was submitted by Captain Jon Skoglund (a member of the Seafarers-affiliated American Maritime Officers), serving aboard the Crowley-operated USNS Victorious. The vessel is crewed by SIU members and AMO officers. QMED Deven McCoy (left) and 1st Engineer Nick Swanson volunteering at the orphanage USNS Victorious helping out the…

SHBP Trustees Approve New Benefits

Seafarers, Dependents, Pensioners Should Realize Savings The Trustees of the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan (SHBP) recently approved a number of benefit improvements, which take effect Jan. 1, 2019. The following is a summary of these new benefits: Out-of-Pocket Maximum Added Core-Plus employees, non-Medicare pensioners and their dependents: $2,700 for a single person, $5,500 for…
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