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Photos: Last Voyage of the SS Algol

The SS Algol was scheduled to be laid up July 1 after more than 35 years of dependable service with Military Sealift Command and then finally with the United States Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Force. One of the fastest ships in the merchant fleet, the Algol delivered mili...

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Vahram “Gus” Guzelian: 1926-2024

July 12

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), sponsor of the Merchant Mariners of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2020 in the House of Representatives, on May 20, 2022 presented the Congressional Gold Medal to U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II during a conference hosted by th...

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U.S. Coast Guard Upgrading New Merchant Mariner Credentials

July 1

The following press release was issued by the National Maritime Center on July 1. On March 1, 2024, the U.S. Coast Guard began issuing Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMCs) in a new single-sheet format. This new mariner credential replaced the legacy passport-style red book and associated end...

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June AMO Membership Meeting Minutes Available Online

The minutes for the regular monthly American Maritime Officers membership meeting held June 12 at AMO Headquarters have been posted in the secure section of the AMO website, which is accessible to active AMO members and applicants. AMO members will need to click on the “MEMBER LOGIN&#...

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AMO-contracted companies receive prestigious industry safety awards

June 14

The following press release was issued by the Chamber of Shipping of America on June 11. The U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized the merchant mariners responsible for safe vessel operations at the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held at the Hilton R...

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ARC adds Starlink to entire U.S.-flag fleet

June 11

The following press release was issued June 11 by American Roll-On Roll Off Carrier Group. American Maritime Officers represents all licensed positions on nine ARC vessels. PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier Group Inc. (ARC), the leading provider of U.S.-flag ro...

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May AMO Membership Meeting Minutes Available Online

June 7

The minutes for the regular monthly American Maritime Officers membership meeting held May 1 at AMO Headquarters have been posted in the secure section of the AMO website, which is accessible to active AMO members and applicants. AMO members will need to click on the “MEMBER LOGINR...

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U.S. Merchant Marine Monument Unveiled at Utah Beach

A video of the ceremony is available on YouTube. On June 5, the American Merchant Marine Veterans unveiled a monument to the U.S. Merchant Marine on Utah Beach. The new monument, near the Lone Sailor Monument and the Higgins Boat Monument, honors the valor and sacrifice of U.S. merchant ma...

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American Merchant Marine Veterans unveil D-Day monument in France

June 5

The following article was published by the American Merchant Marine Veterans. American Maritime Officers, along with other U.S. maritime unions, contributed financially to the creation of the new monument. On June 5, the American Merchant Marine Veterans will unveil a long overdue monument ...

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ARC commits to enhancing crew safety technology on M/V Patriot

May 31

The following article was published by Marine Link on May 30. American Maritime Officers represents all licensed positions on the M/V Patriot and eight other vessels owned by American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier. American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) has selected Swedish safety technology co...

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Photos: AMO aboard MARAD vessels in Norfolk

American Maritime Officers members aboard the SS Wright, here in Norfolk in May, included Chief engineer Ryan Neathery, Chief Mate James Gill, First Assistant Engineer Peter Gold, Second A.E. Philander Walton and Third Mate Lucan Shanahan. The SS Wright serves in the Ready Reserve Force fl...

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Photos: AMO Celebrates National Maritime Day 2024

May 23

Members of American Maritime Officers, AMO officials and staff, and AMO Plans directors and staff gather with City of Dania Beach Mayor A.J. Ryan IV, Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan, and Port Chaplain Father Sanford Sears, Seafarers’ House, Port Everglades, at a ceremony observi...

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