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President’s Column — Fourth Arm of Defense Ready

Global tensions were on the rise last month in the aftermath of attacks on two foreign-flag tankers in the Gulf of Oman. While I’m thankful the mid-June incidents, which happened in international waters, did not result in any serious injuries to the crew members, they definitely underscored the ongoing need for a strong U.S. Merchant…

AMP Underscores Maritime’s Positive Impacts on Alaska, Washington State

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) recently highlighted the positive effects of the Jones Act on the Pacific Northwest. The SIU is affiliated with AMP, the primary coalition representing all components of the domestic maritime industry. Citing a new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the Transportation Institute, AMP’s first announcement focused on the state…

SIU Members Ratify Penn Maritime Pact

SIU members working for Penn Maritime recently ratified a new three-year contract featuring annual wage increases while maintaining benefits. The agreement, approved by an overwhelming majority, took effect May 1 and lasts through April 2022. In addition to boosting wages, the contract maintains health benefits at the top level available to SIU members (Core-Plus); maintains…

SIU Applauds Launch of ‘Maritime Heroes’

When the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) in early June announced the kickoff of its year-long celebration titled “American Maritime Heroes,” the SIU enthusiastically backed the first two honorees: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, and the U.S. Merchant Marine of World War II. In an online post applauding the selections, the union noted, “Secretary…

Building Named in Honor of Late SIU VP John Fay

New residential facilities in the U.K. memorialize one of the SIU’s most steadfast officials. The union Nautilus International on May 29 dedicated the John Fay House at Mariners Park in Wallasey, England. Built with financial support from Nautilus and the International Transport Workers’…

NY Waterway Crew Rescues Helicopter Pilot

A NY Waterway ferry crew aboard the Gov. Thomas Kean on May 15 rescued the pilot after a helicopter crashed in the Hudson River. SIU member Capt. Adam Sciaino was carrying passengers between West 39th Street in Manhattan and 14th Street in Hoboken…

Congressman Babin Backs Jones Act

A United States congressman from Texas recently used a hypothetical image to drive home a very real point. U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) on May 16 spoke on the House…

SIU Asst. VP Chester ‘Chet’ Wheeler Retires

Anyone familiar with longtime SIU Government Services Division Assistant Vice President Chester “Chet” Wheeler won’t be surprised by the fact he’s staying quite active in retirement. A tireless worker throughout his decades as a mariner and an official, Wheeler, 74, officially called it a career earlier this year. He’s enjoying the new lifestyle, but if…

SIU Celebrates National Maritime Day in Nation’s Capital 

View our Facebook album from the event HERE The SIU made a typically strong showing for this year’s National Maritime Day observance in the nation’s capital. Union officials and an enthusiastic group of apprentices from the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education – two of whom played key roles in the ceremony…

USNS Lawrence Gianella Completes Final Voyage

The last of the T-5 petroleum tankers, the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC)-owned, Ocean Ships-operated USNS Lawrence H. Gianella has completed its final mission for the U.S. Navy. The SIU-crewed vessel sailed to Norfolk, Virginia, as part of National Maritime Day, bringing the tanker’s storied history to a close.…