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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Shipbuilders Council Of America News

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Shipbuilders Council Announces Shipyard Safety Awards

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, today announced the 2020 annual shipyard safety awards. SCA honors shipbuilding and repair organizations with the “Excellence in Safety” Award and “Improvement in Safety” Award each year for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.Over the past several years, the industry has seen the total recordable incident rate steadily decline, with the most significant decline seen in 2019.

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Congress Responds to COVID19 and Other Challenges for the Maritime Industry

In response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the Congressional Research Service released a report that stated global economic growth has declined by 3% to 6% in 2020 with a partial recovery predicted for 2021. Also, the GDP of the U.S. has fallen by 5% in the first quarter 2020. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime industry, and seafarers themselves, have not been able to escape the significant effects of this crisis.All sectors of the maritime industry have been adversely affected by the global pandemic.

Ben Bordelon (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Shipbuilders Council of America Elects New Leadership

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry, today announced new board leadership. Taking over the helm of Chairman from Terry O’Brien of Austal USA in Mobile, Al., is Ben Bordelon, president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards from Lockport, La. Joining him to lead the SCA Board is Brad Moyer, Vice President of BAE Systems Ship Repair in Norfolk, Va., who will serve as Vice Chairman.Bordelon and Moyer were elected to their new leadership positions at the SCA annual meeting…

AMP Announces New Officers

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has announced the election of new leadership for the organization. Michael Roberts becomes the new president, with Matt Woodruff as vice president alongside Ku’u Park as treasurer and Matthew Paxton as secretary. Roberts continues to serve as senior vice president for Crowley Maritime Corp. Roberts has represented Crowley on government matters since first joining the company’s DC office in 1991. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Washington…

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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.