COVID-19 Safety Updates

Citing ‘Increasingly Grave Concerns,’ Unions Urge MSC to Assist CIVMARS

The presidents of three maritime unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, recently sent the following communication to the commanding officer of the U.S. Military Sealift Command. For a PDF copy of the letter, click HERE. Dear Admiral Wettlaufer: We are writing to you today to communicate our ongoing and increasingly grave concerns regarding the mental…

Message of Sympathy from SIU President

Editor's note: The following message from SIU President Michael Sacco concerns the recent passing of a rank-and-file Seafarer. Dear SIU Brothers and Sisters: On behalf of the union’s executive board, I extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies to the family, friends and shipmates of our fallen brother, GUDE Michael Vaughan. Many of you have…

Algonac Hall Reopening

The hiring hall in Algonac, Michigan, will reopen tomorrow morning, July 28, 2020. The hall had been closed for one day for precautionary reasons. ###

Houston Hall Reopens July 22

The hiring hall in Houston will reopen Wednesday morning, July 22. Members can still conduct business at the hall by phone, fax and email. Please remember that anyone visiting the hall must complete the pre-entry questionnaire that’s available in PDF form HERE The hall is located at 625 N. York St., Houston, TX  77003, telephone…

Wilmington Hall Update

The hiring hall in Wilmington, California, will reopen on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The hall is located at 510 N. Broad Avenue. It has been closed since July 2 for precautionary reasons. ###

Message from Maritime Union Presidents

The following message, dated July 10, 2020, is signed by the presidents of six maritime unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, and by SIU Executive Vice President Augie Tellez. For a PDF copy, click HERE MESSAGE FROM MARITIME LABOR It has become increasingly apparent the COVID-19 crisis is not going away anytime soon. Our members…

Delay in Reopening of Houston Hall

The Houston hiring hall had been scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 13, but instead will remain closed until further notice, for precautionary reasons. We’ll post an update as soon as possible. The hall is still reachable by phone. ###

Coast Guard Posts REC Update

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Maritime Center posted the following news item on July 8, 2020. It's available on the agency's website HERE Regional Examination Center Closure Update Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Regional Examination Centers (RECs) and Monitoring Units (MUs) closed to the public on March 19, 2020. The National Maritime Center (NMC)…

Hiring Hall Updates and Reminders

Note: There has been a delay in reopening the Houston hall. It is closed until further notice, for precautionary reasons. The original post below is from July 8. The decision to postpone reopening was made July 9. A few of the hiring halls recently closed to walk-ins for precautionary reasons. Since then, those facilities were…

Maritime Administrator Praises U.S.-Flag Industry COVID Response

The Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO, has posted the following news item: Acknowledging the work done collectively by maritime unions, companies, ports, shipyards, military and government, U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby saluted the work of the U.S.-flag maritime industry to keep commerce moving during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Buzby addressed the Washington, D.C., Propeller Club via…
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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.