COVID-19 Safety Updates

Important Notice to PHC Students

Effective February 1, 2022, any upgraders or apprentices at the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including a booster shot if the student is eligible to receive one. ###

Jacksonville Hall Closing

For precautionary reasons, the hiring hall in Jacksonville is closed through Monday, January 10. The hall remains reachable by phone and email. It’ll reopen Tuesday morning unless otherwise reported on our website. ###

Hiring Hall Updates: Houston Closing; Baltimore Still Closed; Others Reopen

UPDATE: The Baltimore hall also is closed until further notice but remains reachable by phone and email. For precautionary reasons, the hiring in hall in Houston will be closed at least until this Thursday, January 6. Members can still reach the hall by phone and email. We’ll post an update when one is available. Two…

Union, Intrepid Announce MOU

Following is the text of a new memorandum of understanding between the SIU and Intrepid Personnel and Provisioning. For a PDF copy, click HERE. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEENINTREPID PERSONNEL & PROVISIONING (IPP)&SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL UNION (SIU) Effective January 1, 2022, in an effort to accommodate the Seafarers working aboard commercial vessels owned and/or operated by Crowley/Intrepid…

HQ Closing for Precautionary Reasons

For precautionary reasons, SIU headquarters will be closed beginning Thursday, Dec. 23, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 3. If that schedule changes, we’ll post updates. Please note that all vacation applications that were on hand have been processed (checks have been mailed or soon will be), and any that arrive during the week between the…

Jersey City Hall Temporarily Closes

The hiring hall in Jersey City, New Jersey, is closed until Monday, Dec. 27, for precautionary reasons. The hall is reachable by phone during regular business hours. ###

SAB Action Announced

A new action by the Seafarers Appeals Board (SAB) means a formal return to business as usual when it comes to the Shipping Rules. Prior SAB actions temporarily amended the Shipping Rules in order to help meet manpower obligations during peak stretches of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those actions (numbers 480 and 481, respectively) are rescinded…

Updated Guidance Issued for Entering U.S.

Beginning Nov. 8, 2021, there are updated guidelines for flying to the United States. According to the State Department, “U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight’s departure. U.S citizens…

Message from Maritime Labor

Click HERE for a PDF copy September 29, 2021 COVID-19 is here to stay. Our members aboard vessels remain in grave danger with the Delta variant on the loose. Many of our organizations have lost members to ravages of the disease; including some who have lost their lives while aboard ship. Several ships have had…

Wilmington Hall Closed Until Oct. 4

For precautionary reasons, the hiring hall in Wilmington, California is closed until Monday, October 4. The hall is still reachable by phone during regular business hours. ###
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Wilmington Hall Update (July 13, 2020) (message HERE)

Message from Maritime Union Presidents (July 10, 2020) (message HERE)

Delay in Reopening of Houston Hall (July 9, 2020) (message HERE)

Regional Examination Center Closure Update (July 8, 2020) (message HERE)

Hiring Hall Updates and Reminders (July 8, 2020) (message HERE)

Wilmington Hall Closing (July 2, 2020) (message HERE)

Jersey Hall Reopening July 6 (message HERE)

Maersk Idaho Update (June 26, 2020) (message HERE)

Houston Hall Closing (June 26, 2020) (message HERE)

Important Message to Seafarers Concerning SIU Election (June 24, 2020) (message HERE)

Message to Seafarers Concerning Recent COVID-19 Cases, Ongoing Need for Vigilance (June 23, 2020) (message HERE)

Jersey City Hall Closing (June 22, 2020) (message HERE)

July Meetings Cancelled (message HERE)

Paul Hall Center Reopens August 1 (message HERE) (PHC Health Questionnaire/Acknowledgement form HERE)

COVID-19 Pre-Entry Questionnaire Posted (message HERE, direct link to questionnaire HERE)

Hiring Halls to Reopen June 15 (June 4, 2020) (message HERE)

USCG: Extension of MMC Endorsements, Certificates (June 4, 2020) (message HERE)

Unions Call for Immediate Assistance with Overseas Crew Changes (May 28, 2020) (message HERE)

Updates on Crew Changes, June Meetings and More (May 27, 2020) (message HERE)

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.