COVID-19 Safety Updates

SIU Election Message to All Members

Dear SIU Brothers and Sisters: In addition to 2020 being a presidential election year, we are also scheduled to conduct our union election. While we still plan to run the SIU election as usual pursuant to the union’s constitution, we are taking extra steps in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure the ongoing…

Message to SIU Members Concerning Upcoming Crew Changes

April 16, 2020 Dear Seafarers: Working closely with the union’s contracted companies, the union is planning to move forward with phasing in larger-scale crew changes beginning on or around April 30. We will post and circulate a more-detailed communication in the near future, but in the meantime wanted to provide this update. Members who are…

TWIC Expiration Dates Extended

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on April 15 announced that it is extending the expiration dates of certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC). The agency’s notice in the Federal Register reads in part: “TSA will extend the expiration date of TWICs that expired on or after March 1, 2020, by 180 days. DATES: This exemption…

State Department Passport Notice

The following news release was issued by the U.S. State Department on April 13. The PDF is available here. As noted in the release, Passport Services will accommodate mariners whose current valid passport expires within 13 months, and those who need a passport for international voyages. NOTICE TO MARINERS WITH INTERNATIONAL VOYAGES April 13, 2020…

Seafarers 401(K) Plan Adopts Changes to Help Participants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law in late March, seeks to assist workers impacted by COVID-19 by increasing access to retirement plan account savings (among many other goals). The Seafarers 401(K) Plan has implemented the available options contained in the CARES Act so participants may choose to…

May Membership Meetings Cancelled

Per executive board action, the SIU’s membership meetings originally scheduled for May have been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No decisions have been made concerning the June meetings. ###

USCG: COVID-19 TWIC Operations

The following news release was issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. To access it on the agency's website, click HERE. COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and National economic well-being. During this National emergency for…

Update from SHBP

For a PDF copy of this announcement, click HERE UPDATE FROM SEAFARERS HEALTH AND BENEFITS PLAN IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 The Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan has implemented some new benefits in response to this pandemic, in order to help protect the health of mariners and their families. The following is information about these benefits,…

Agency Posts National Maritime Center Updates

The U.S. Coast Guard posted the following update on March 30. It's available on the agency's website HERE. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Update #2 This notice outlines operational changes at the National Maritime Center (NMC) due to COVID-19. All 17 Regional Examination Centers (REC) and 3 Monitoring Units (MU) remain closed to the public until…

USCG: Essential Maritime Workers

The following news release was issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. For a PDF version, click HERE. Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and economic vitality. During the ongoing national emergency, it is…

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.