SCA honors 12 companies for shipyard safety

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The following is the text of a news release from the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA):

(WASHINGTON) — The Shipbuilders Council of America 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 that received awards demonstrated the commitment to employee safety in the shipyard industry.

SCA member companies are eligible for both the Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards if they submit the SCA injury and illness survey for all four quarters, have zero fatalities throughout the year and if their recordable incidence rate (TRIR) is below the SCA aggregate — 4.59 percent or if they reduce their year-on-year TRIR by 10 percent or more.

SCA award winners in the category of Excellence in Safety:

• BAE Systems Ship Repair – Norfolk 
• BAE Systems, New Construction Shipyards
• Bollinger Shipyards
• Detyens Shipyard
• Fincantieri Marinette Marine 
• MHI Ship Repair
• Northeast Ship Repair
• Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

SCA award winners in both categories — Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety:

• Austal USA
• Campbell Transportation Co. Inc. 
• Southwest Shipyard L.P.
• Fincantieri Ace Marine 
• World Marine

SCA recently announced the Alliance Program with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a part of the Department of Labor, focused on continuing the industry-leading 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.

“In a shipyard environment, with complex machinery and systems, safety is paramount,” said Matthew Paxton, president of the SCA. “The awards SCA presents recognize the stellar safety performance of the leadership of these shipyards and their commitment to safety is proven in the data. We are thrilled to recognize these companies and the hard-working men and women who reflect the shipyard industry’s culture of safety year after year.”

About SCA

Shipbuilders Council of America members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes U.S. Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other U.S. government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America's fleet of commercial vessels. The council represents 40 companies that own and operate over 82 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 87 partner members that provide goods, services and engineering to the shipyard industry. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff