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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Shipbuilders Council Of America News

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American Shipbuilding Act Re-introduced

Congressman John Garamendi and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker reintroduced the Energizing American Shipbuilding Act (H.R.3829), that seeks to revive domestic shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring that increasing percentages of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on U.S.-built, flagged and crewed vessels.The bill would require 15% of LNG exports to be carried on US-built ships by 2041 and 10% of crude oil exports to be carried on US-built ships by 2033.If enacted…

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DeFazio Honored with 2019 SCA Leadership Award

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) honored U.S. House of Representatives Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Peter DeFazio (R-OR) as a 2019 recipient of SCA’s Maritime Leadership Award.As recipient of the Maritime Leadership Award, Chairman DeFazio is recognized as an exemplary leader in Congress who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and support of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry. Overall the American maritime industry, including shipbuilding and repair…

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: Jones Act Dredgers, America at its Best

The U.S.-Flag dredging industry commemorates the 77th anniversary of the Japanese air raid on the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor highlighting the critical need for a robust American shipbuilding capacity to ensure for the preparedness of the nation.“Today our brothers and sisters of the U.S Merchant Marine look to the past sacrifices made by 2,403 U.S. servicemen who died in the attacks on Pearl Harbor. We honor the members of the U.S. Armed Services,” said William P.

El Coquí is one of the world’s first ConRo ships powered by LNG (Photo: Crowley)

LNG Powered ConRo Ship Delivered to Crowley

U.S. based Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc. The Jones Act compliant El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port.

From left to right: SCA President Matthew Paxton with Rep. Hunter and newly-elected Chairman, Richard McCreary (Photo: SCA)

Shipbuilders Council Names McCreary Chairman

Shipbuilders Council of America  names Richard McCreary as new chairman; honors Sen. Cochran and Rep. At its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, named Richard McCreary of BAE Systems as the new chairman of the association. Additionally, SCA honored Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) as recipients of its Maritime Leadership Award, recognizing the two for their demonstrated dedication and support of the U.S.

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Bill Aims to Aid US Maritime Workforce Development

Reps. New legislation introduced his week intends to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs. “In our district, we have a surplus of maritime jobs and not enough people with the skills and training to fill them,” said Representatives Gene Green (D-Texas), who introduced the bill with Rob Wittman (R-Va.). “The industry is continuing to invest and grow along the Port of Houston…

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Shipbuilders Council Congratulates President-Elect Trump

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) released a statement congratulating President-elect Donald J. Trump and the members of the 115th Congress, and expressed that t looks forward to working Together to realize 350-ship Navy goal. “We congratulate President-elect Trump, his nominees and the new and returning members of the 115th Congress and look forward to working with them on a positive agenda with a strong commitment to jobs, infrastructure projects and building up America’s Armed Forces and industrial base,” said Matthew Paxton, President of SCA. “SCA and the entire U.S.

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Workshops for Warriors: Transitioning Vets into Advanced Manufacturing Jobs

Shipyards are the key beneficiaries of ‘Workshops for Warriors’ talent pool. The best solution to a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. That’s true no matter what the issue, be it labor shortages, the high cost of education or the problems facing veterans transitioning back to civilian life. And if that solution can mutually benefit two nationally pressing issues, all the better. While still on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, Hernán Luis y Prado saw former colleagues and fellow service members struggling to adjust once they left the military.

Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen (Photo: MARAD)

MarAd Stresses Economic Impact of Shipyard Jobs in NE

In comments before the international Tradewinds Ship Owners Forum in New York City, Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen highlighted the more than 42,700 jobs, $3.6 billion in labor income and $4.78 billion in GDP associated with employment for shipbuilding and repair in the northeast region. “American shipyards provide a dependable, highly trained workforce that produce, repair and maintain some of the world’s most modern and innovative vessels. Their efforts ensure our…

SCA Applauds Funding for New US Ships

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week acknowledged calls for increasing the Navy’s ship count, funding the construction of 10 new ships, as well as providing the U.S. Coast Guard funding for the acquisition of six total new ships. The Defense and Homeland Security appropriations markups come on the heels of last week’s Sea-Air-Space Exhibition, where leaders of the maritime industry called for the restoration of a 350-ship Navy and a cohesive national maritime strategy that supports the vibrant U.S. shipyard industrial base.

World Marine Earns SCA Safety Awards

World Marine, LLC has received the Shipbuilders Council of America’s (SCA) annual “Excellence in Safety” award as well as the “Improvement in Safety” award. SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention. World Marine, LLC is one of 12 SCA member companies to receive awards for their continued advancement of employee safety in the shipyard industry.

SCA Presents Safety Award to Bollinger

Bollinger Shipyards was presented the 2015 “Award for Excellence in Safety” for the 11th consecutive year by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on April 14, 2016, during the association’s Annual General Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. This award is given to member companies with the lowest total recordable incident rates (TRIR) based on a quarterly injury and illness survey conducted by the Association. Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s President and CEO, said, “For 11 consecutive years, Bollinger Shipyards was recognized for outstanding performance in workplace safety.

SCA Announces 2016 Shipyard Safety Awards

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) last week announced the recipients of its annual safety awards. SCA’s safety awards enhance operations and promote safety through recognition and promotion of accident prevention. Through their proactive approaches and dedication to improved safety and health of their employees, the 12 member companies who received awards demonstrated the commitment to employee safety in the shipyard industry. SCA member companies are eligible for both the Excellence and Improvement in Safety Awards if they submit the SCA Injury & Illness survey for all four quarters…

Terry O Brien accepts Austal SCA Safety Awards from Stephen Woodring and Tom Godfrey of SCA Photo Austal

Austal Wins SCA Safety Awards

Austal USA remains one of the safest shipyards in the country the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Mar. Austal’s hard-earned workplace safety record has been recognized, yet again, by the SCA with both the 2015 Award for Excellence in Safety and the 2015 Award for Improvement in Safety –the company’s total recorded incident rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 44% lower than the rate in 2014 and 52% lower than the industry average. “Austal’s award-winning safety record is evidence…

US Shipbuilders Council Presents Leadership Awards

U.S. Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and MARAD Administrator Chip Jaenichen received maritime leadership awards from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on April 14, 2016. The awards recognize exemplary individuals from Congress and the Administration who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication and support to the shipbuilding and repair industry. “Both Rep. Crenshaw and Administrator Jaenichen have been integral in supporting the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry,” said Tom Godfrey, SCA Chairman and President of Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Va.

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Shipyards Leading the Way on Safety in OSHA Partnership

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has announced a new partnership with the National Shipbuilding Research Program and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor (DOL), focused on continuing employee safety practices in U.S. shipyards. The Alliance Program will develop training and best practices to promote safety and health in the shipbuilding and repair industry including preventing worker exposure to electrical, ergonomic, struck-by and slip, trip and fall hazards.

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SCA Appoints Senior Defense Advisor

Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has appointed Rear Admiral Jeff Brooks (Ret.) to Senior Defense Advisor. Brooks joined SCA in October and will focus on advocating, communicating and representing the ship repair industry to all stakeholders and to the U.S. Navy. Throughout his 38-year Navy career, Admiral Brooks served in key maintenance assignments, culminating in promotion to two-star flag rank and assignment to the Navy’s top maintenance position as Fleet Maintenance Officer.

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Campaign to Raise Awareness of US Shipbuilding, Repair

Ahead of the first presidential debate this week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced the launch of KNOW YOUR SHIP, a multifaceted, national campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the importance of the shipbuilding and repair industry and the critical role it plays in maintaining America’s national and economic security. “KNOW YOUR SHIP will tell not only the stories of the many military and commercial ships that are so integral in maintaining our economic and national security…

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Shipbuilders Council of America Appoints Chairman

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry, has announced that Tom Godfrey, President and CEO of Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Joining Godfrey as SCA’s new Vice Chairman is Richard McCreary, Vice President and General Manager at BAE Systems. “Tom Godfrey and Richard McCreary are a strong match to lead SCA’s members in continuing to support our nation’s robust shipbuilding and repair industry,” said outgoing SCA chairman Frank Foti.

Bollinger’s President and CEO, Ben Bordelon accepting SCA awards from Matthew Paxton (Left), SCA President and Ian Bennitt (Right), SCA Manager Government Affairs. (Photo courtesy of Bollinger)

Bollinger Receives Two SCA Awards

Bollinger Shipyards was presented the 2014 Award for Excellence in Safety for the 10th consecutive year, and was also presented the 2014 Award for Improvement in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on April 23, 2015, during the association’s Spring General Membership Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Award for Excellence in Safety is given to member companies with the lowest total recordable incident rates (TRIR) based on a quarterly injury and illness survey conducted by the association.

SCA President Matt Paxton and newly elected SCA Chairman Tom Godfrey, Jr. honor Congressmen Joe Courtney and Wittman with the Maritime Leadership Award (Photo: SCA)

Reps. Courtney, Wittman Honored for Maritime Leadership

United States Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) this week received the Maritime Leadership Award from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, dedication and support to the shipbuilding and repair industry. “From their critical role in supporting the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry…

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SCA Stresses US Shipyards' Role to National Security

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), a national trade association representing the nation’s shipbuilding and repair industry is hosting a fly-in beginning today. More than 85 members of SCA will participate to share the strength of America’s shipbuilding and repair industry, outlining the critical role our nation’s shipyard industry plays in sustaining jobs and protecting national and economic security. Currently U.S. shipyards are experiencing dramatic growth as a result of the shale oil revolution, which has produced record levels of new vessel construction, orders and deliveries.

Captains' Union Blasts McCain’s Keystone Amendment

International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Asks: If Keystone is a “Jobs Bill” Why Would Congress Want to Send 400,000 Maritime Jobs in 26 States Overseas? S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, has been described as a “jobs bill” by the pipeline’s proponents since Keystone XL was first proposed, but according to the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, a new amendment introduced by Arizona Sen. The Sea Captains’ Union claims the amendment would gut a significant part of the Jones Act…

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Congressmen Lead Effort to Defend US Shipbuilders

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), along with 30 bipartisan House colleagues, sent a letter this week to Senate leadership urging opposition to an amendment that they say would strip domestic construction requirements that help strengthen America’s shipbuilding industry. In addition to building and maintaining approximately 40,000 commercial vessels, private shipbuilders provide critical maintenance services and capacity for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard fleets—capacity that would be threatened if build requirements under the Jones Act are undone…

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W&O Opposes McCain Amendment

W&O announced its opposition to the McCain Amendment (amendment #2) to S.1, which it said would cripple the U.S. shipbuilding industry by striking the U.S. build requirement provisions of the Jones Act. “The amendment Senator John McCain has put forth would devastate W&O’s business and others operating in the maritime industry. The ripple effect of this legislation would also impact companies and individuals outside our industry, significantly affecting the 480,000 jobs tied to maritime operations,” said Michael Hume, president and CEO of W&O.

Adams and Reese partner Paxton, who also serves as President of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)

Paxton Joins Adams and Reese

Adams and Reese Adds Four to Bolster Federal Governmental Relations Practice. Adams and Reese is proud to announce the addition of Partner Matt Paxton and Governmental Affairs Advisors Joe Carnevale, Ian Bennitt and Ashley Godwin, who join our firm in our Washington DC Office from the law firm of Ball Janik LLP. “We are very excited about adding Matt, Joe, Ian and Ashley, to our Firm and our Federal Governmental Relations practice,” said B. Jeffrey Brooks, Adams and Reese Executive Committee Chairman and DC Office Partner in Charge.