The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, announced new leadership and a new safety award during the Association’s annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C. Terry O’Brien Vice President of Austal will take over SCA as Chairman and President and CEO Ben Bordelon of Bollinger Shipyards will serve as Vice Chairman.
The Significant Safety Achievement award will be added to the other two safety awards – Excellence in Safetyand Improvement in Safety – that are given annually for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention. This year at SCA’s Spring Meeting 27 awards were given for exceptional safety practices.
In addition to recognizing members for exceptional safety records, SCA honored U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) with the organizations’ prestigious Maritime Leadership Award, which are given to exemplary leaders from Congress who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and support of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.
Nearly 100 SCA members convened on Capitol Hill during the annual meeting to meet with Congressional leaders and discuss the status of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry and to bring awareness regarding the industry’s critical role in America’s national and economic security.
Other maritime champions, Congressional and Administration officials, spoke to SCA’s membership including:
● Congressman John Garamendi (D, CA-03)
● Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer
● Congressman Rob Wittman (R, VA-01)
● Senior Analyst for Naval Forces and Weapons- CBO, Eric Labs
● Congressman John Rutherford (R, FL-04)
● Specialist in Naval Affairs- CRS, Ronald O’Rourke
● Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47)
● Program Executive Office Ships, Admiral William J. Galinis
● Congressman Bradley Byrne (R, AL-01)
● Vice Commandant of the USCG, Admiral Charles Michel
● Congressman Garret Graves (R, LA-06)
● Assistant Commandant for Acquisition & CAO, USCG Rear Admiral Michael Haycock
● MARAD Associate Administrator for Strategic Sealift, Kevin Tokarski
Source: The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA)