April 15, 2013
The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) has presented its inaugural "SCA Maritime Leadership Award" to shipbuilding and repair advocate, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R) from Virginia's 4th district.
"Congressman Forbes has been a tireless advocate for a stronger shipbuilding and repair industry and a friend to the Shipbuilders Council of America. As past Chariman of the House Armed Services (HASC) Readinesss Subcommittee and present Chairman of the HASC Seapower Subcommittee, he uniquely understands the critical role this industry plays in securing America's national and economic security. Congressman Forbes is also a tremendous supporter of the Jones Act, a vital law to the U.S. maritime industry, which ensures to preserve the skilled workforce and mariners that make up in the US shipyard industrial base and merchant marine," said SCA President, Matthew Paxton. The award was presented Thursday, April 11, during SCA's annual general membership dinner at the Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City.
Upon receving the award, Congressman Forbes remarked, "I am honored to receive SCA's Maritime Leadership Award. In these challenging times, I look forward to continuing my work with SCA as we fight to protect and promote the U.S. shipbuilding industrial base for decades to come."
The SCA Maritime Leadership AWard was established in 2013 by the Shipbuilders Council of America. Representing more than 135 members of the shipbuilding industry, including new construction and repair yards, the supply chain and industry service providers, the Association intends to present this award annually as the industry's highest recognition of an individual who has demonstrated consistent, outstanding, and inspirational leadership in fighting for a stronger shibuliding and repair industry. Demonstrating all of these abilities, SCA is proud to present the first award to Congressman Randy Forbes.
SCA is the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry. SCA members constitute the shipyard industrial base that builds, repairs, maintains and modernizes Navy ships and craft, U.S. Coast Guard vessels of all sizes, as well as vessels for other government agencies. In addition, SCA members build, repair and service America's fleet of commercial vessels. The Council represnts 45 companies that own and operate 86 of the nation's 112 active shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 93 memebrs constituting the critical supplier base supporting the shipyard industry. In total, the private U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry directly employs over 107,000 Americans.