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WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 19, 2012 – This week, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) hosted its annual Fall General Membership Meeting in Portland, ME. After kicking off the week with a Welcoming Reception Monday night, sponsored by SCA Industry Partner Member American Equity Underwriters, SCA members received presentations on Tuesday morning from the SCA staff. Through the Commercial, Government, Maintenance and Modernization, Industry Partner and Regulatory reports (all of which can be found HERE), over 70 attendees learned of the various challenges facing the industry including the updates on the current Congress, FY12 and FY13 federal budget implications and pending federal labor regulations.
After the morning presentations, GD Bath Iron Works President Jeffrey Geiger and Business Operations Manager Andrew Bond welcomed the visiting SCA members to a tour of the BIW shipyard in Bath, ME. SCA members were privileged to see current construction of both DDG 51s and DDG 1000s being built in the yard. Following the tour, SCA members were invited to the MaineMaritimeMuseum and learned of the history of ship construction on the KennebeckRiver in Maine where the BIW shipyard is located.
After the excellent tours and museum stop, Signal Administration, Inc. hosted a reception at Dimillo’s on the Water Front in downtown Portland. The restaurant is a refurbished ferry and Bath Iron Works had previously reconstructed the hull of the vessel to give new life to the ferry as a restaurant. The restaurant pays homage to the great work that SCA members do every day and the importance of the maritime industry.
On Wednesday morning, SCA was privileged to welcome the following speakers who addressed the group: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Maine’s 1st District; Jack Barney, Vice Chairman of Marine Machinery Association; Pierre Chao, Renaissance Strategic Advisors; and Dr. Habib Dagher, Director, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center; Director DeepCwind Consortium, Professor of Structural Engineering, BIW Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Maine Orono. Each speaker provided unique insights and perspectives on the various challenges and opportunities facing the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. Additionally, SCA President Matthew Paxton gave a 2012 Election update and explained the potential Congressional and Presidential outcomes.
Overall the meeting was extremely successful, with over 70 people in attendance, including representatives from 17 shipyards and 33 industry partner companies. The next SCA General Membership meeting will be held January 28-30 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.
Meeting presentations are available to SCA members only HERE.