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President’s Column

Recognizing Industry’s Importance Recent remarks by the deputy commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) underscored the high-level military support enjoyed by the U.S. Merchant Marine. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Sullivan addressed attendees at this year’s Admiral of the Ocean Sea (AOTOS) gathering in New York City on Oct. 28. As longtime Seafarers…

Senator, Maritime Unions Stand Up for Jones Act

A prominent United States senator and a number of labor organizations (including the SIU) recently spoke out in support of America’s freight cabotage law. In early November, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…

Matson Adding 3 New Aloha-Class Vessels

Seafarers-contracted Matson, Inc. recently announced that it has signed contracts with Philly Shipyard Inc. – which employs union labor - to build three new 3,600 TEU Aloha-Class containerships. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2026, with subsequent deliveries in 2027. The new vessels will join the two Aloha-Class…

National Glory Crew Rescues 7 Boaters

Seafarers once again answered the call on Oct. 29, as those sailing aboard the National Glory aided in the rescue of seven adrift boaters off the coast of Cuba. Shortly before 6 p.m., a small craft was spotted off the starboard side of the Intrepid Personnel and Provisioning-managed containership. The SIU-crewed vessel diverted course, and…

‘The Perfect Place for Me’ Longtime Piney Point Fixture Rogers Retires

Though he initially balked at sailing and had envisioned a different career, Bart Rogers says he truly found a home with the SIU. “This ended up being the perfect place for me,” states Rogers, who retired Nov. 30 following more than 42 years with the union and its affiliated school in Piney Point, Maryland. “It’s…

Piracy Incident Level Lowest in 3 Decades

The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) latest piracy report revealed that recorded incidents of piracy are at their lowest level in three decades. According to the report, which tracked piracy incidents from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2022 and is released quarterly by the ICC’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB), there were a total of 90…

Updated Covid Vaccination Policy for Entry into Paul Hall Center, Union Hiring Halls

Editor’s note: The following news item was sent to the hiring halls and posted on the SIU website in late October. Effective immediately, the COVID vaccine will no longer be a requirement to enter a hiring hall or to attend classes at the Paul Hall Center. Apprentices are, however, still required to be vaccinated in…

Make Arrangements Before Arriving for Piney Point Stay

Seafarers are welcome to stay at the Paul Hall Center in Piney Point, Maryland, even if they’re not enrolled in a class there – if space is available and a reservation has been made. Members are encouraged to work with their respective port agents or email Jay Wiegman at jaywiegman@ seafarers.org regarding reservations for themselves…

Seafarers Money Purchase Pension Plan Update

Recently, statements were mailed that provide lifetime income illustrations for participants in the SMPPP. This statement is in addition to the one that you will receive in April of each year. New federal regulations require us to send you an estimate of your SMPPP benefit if it is paid as a monthly annuity beginning at…

Alliance Fairfax Crew Aids Migrants

SIU members played key roles in a recent mobilization supporting Cuban migrants on an overloaded boat in the Straits of Florida. Mariners from the Alliance Fairfax (operated by Maersk Line, Limited) provided medical assistance, water and general support for the 18 people aboard the small craft, beginning around 7 a.m. on Oct. 18. The SIU-crewed…