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Community: Brotherhood of the Sea

Become part of a brotherhood and sisterhood committed to benefitting its members and citizens. Beginning in 1938, Seafarers International Union was formed to unite fellow mariners who desired exceptional career benefits, pay, and advancement. Since 1967, the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education has opened the door to more opportunities for seafarers to progress their careers with first-class training.

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Maritime Traditions

All SIU members share the human experience at sea with a close-knit brotherhood unlike any other.

Hiring Halls & Events

Connect with the maritime community at hiring halls across the country. Click here to find a hiring hall near you.

Seafarers Disaster Aid Fund

Current members and retirees can receive assistance if their homes and families are affected by hurricanes or natural disasters. Learn more.

Community Service

Philanthropy is deeply rooted in SIU members who participate in volunteer projects across the country.

After a 10-year stint in the Navy, I wanted more adventure. I’ve traveled to all parts of the world thanks to the SIU. The union has provided me and my family a most beautiful life, and joining has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Robert OwensRecertified Steward

Lifestyle: Where the Ocean Becomes Your Home

Wake up to the sunrise on the Indian Ocean, watch whales off the California coast, travel to new countries on a regular basis…

At My Maritime Career, there are no boundaries to the exploration opportunities. You’ll be a part of a diverse community focused on delivering important cargo, humanitarian efforts and more. You’ll have opportunities to help others while advancing your own career with educational training, competitive benefits, and flexible lifestyle conveniences.

Our vessels are enriched by a collective brotherhood and sisterhood of people who are inspired by the sea and adventure. If you are self motivated and excited to be a part of a culture that values teamwork, we have a role for you.

Benefits: Flexible Lifestyle & Competitive Perks

We pride ourselves on offering a variety of flexible career options to suit your lifestyle. Our maritime career and apprenticeship benefits are second to none and include perks such as job security as an essential worker, competitive pay, educational opportunities, and a clear pathway for career advancement. Enjoy the lifestyle flexibility that comes with opportunities for extensive travel, and rest assured, your retirement and pension benefits are in safe hands.

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The money is good, and I love cooking, but the people are what keep me coming back.

Alex EmrickChief Cook

Benefits Snapshot

To learn more, view our SIU benefit plans:

Health and Benefits Plan

Pension Plan

Money Purchase Pension Plan

Seafarers 401k Plan

Vacation Plan

For details view our Health and Benefits Plans.

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