COVID-19 Safety Updates

Survey Aims to Benefit Mariners

Seafarers are asked to consider participating in an anonymous survey (“Mariner Mental Health Needs during COVID-19”) conducted by the University of Washington. As noted on the landing page: “Results from this survey will be used by federal agencies, vessel owners/operators, mariner unions, maritime training institutions, seafarer welfare organizations and MTS stakeholders to develop effective solutions…

CDC: ‘Vaccines Safe, Effective’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following information. For a PDF version, click HERE. To access the COVID-19 section of the CDC website, click HERE You can help stop the pandemic by getting a COVID-19 vaccine. To stop this pandemic, we need to use all our prevention tools. Vaccines are…

Reminders Concerning Recent Marine Safety Info. Bulletins

The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center recently circulated multiple Marine Safety Information Bulletins (MSIB) that are relevant to many SIU members. Updates from those bulletins follow. TWIC Extension As laid out in Maritime Safety Information Bulletin number 13-20, “For mariners already holding a Merchant Marine Credential (MMC), if their Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)…

Gov’t to Require Negative Test When Arriving in U.S.

U.S. Maritime Alert 2021-002A Threat Type: Upcoming Mariner Travel Requirements Change Geographic Area: Worldwide (for all air passengers entering the United States) Retransmittal of State Department COVID-19 Traveler Information dated January 12, 2021: “Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers arriving in the United States (including…

Maritime Unions Push for Vaccine Access

The following letter, dated January 8 and signed by eight presidents of U.S. seagoing labor unions, including SIU President Michael Sacco, was sent to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chairman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Dr. Jose Romero. U.S. seagoing labor: Access to COVID-19 vaccine for deep-sea…

Algonac Hall Reopens Jan. 11

The hiring hall in Algonac, Michigan, has been closed for precautionary reasons. The hall will reopen Monday morning, Jan. 11. ###

Algonac Hall Closed for Precautionary Reasons

The hiring hall in Algonac, Michigan, will be closed for (at minimum) the work week beginning January 4, but members can still conduct business with the hall via phone. The hall’s telephone number is (810) 794-4988. We’ll post an update when more information is available. ###

Coast Guard Posts Updates on Credentials, Med Certs

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued the following Marine Safety Information Bulletin. To open a PDF copy, click HERE COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials Extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements, Medical Certificates and Course Approvals This update to MSIB 08-20 provides guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by…

SIU Absentee Ballot Requests Due by Dec. 1

Seafarers are reminded that the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot in the union’s 2020 election was extended. Requests must be received at headquarters by Dec. 1, 2020. Contact your port agent for more information. ###

Anchorage Hall Temporarily Closes

The hiring hall in Anchorage, Alaska, is closed until further notice, for precautionary reasons. SIU members who want to vote at the hall and who need a ballot are asked to contact the office of SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel at (301) 899-0675. Arrangements will be made to help you secure your ballot. ###

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.