SCA actively participates in a number of strategic maritime and defense industry partnerships, as well as with government agencies. One of the many benefits of these partnerships is to provide forums to encourage dialogue among key decision makers and showcase the shipyard industry's contribution to the American maritime and defense communities.
As an Executive Board Member of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), SCA works to promote and protect the U.S. domestic maritime industry and the Jones Act as pillars of our Nation's economic, national and homeland security. AMP is comprised of all facets of the U.S. commercial maritime industry including Maritime Labor, Vessel Owners and Operators and Shipyards. In total, more than 40,000 American vessels built in American shipyards and crewed by American Mariners sustain nearly 500,000 jobs, $29 billion in labor compensation and more than $100 billion in annual economic output according to a study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers for the Transportation Institute.
NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES & THE CONGRESSIONAL SHIPBUILDING CAUCUS
This partnership between the Navy League of the United States and the SCA supports the quarterly Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus breakfasts. The Caucus, co-chaired by Congressmen Rob Wittman (R, VA-1) and Joe Courtney (D, CT-2) provides a forum for Congressional Members to discuss shipbuilding issues impacting their districts and the nation, create bipartisan support for increased shipbuilding production for national security aims, and raise awareness of commercial and government shipbuilding issues across Capitol Hill. Additionally, the Caucus provides a platform for industry, Service and Congressional leaders to exchange views on the current and future states of U.S. shipbuilding.
SOCIETY OF NAVAL ARCHITECTS & MARINE ENGINEERS (SNAME), the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NAVAL ENGINEERS (ASNE)
SCA works closely with the two premier maritime engineering associations in support of engineering's critical role in the U.S. shipyard industrial base. Every aspect of engineering is applied to ships. SCA is committed to promoting a healthy engineering community because it is essential to the ongoing success of both the U.S. commercial and military shipbuilding and ship repair industries.
SCA has partnered with OSHA through the National Alliance Program since 2003. The Alliance promotes continued awareness and training of employees in the industry. Though the Alliance, OSHA and SCA provide shipyards across the country with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of their workers. The Alliance also focuses on raising awareness of OSHA's Rulemaking and Enforcement Initiatives through outreach and communication.
SCA works closely with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). Comprised of almost entirely SCA member shipyards, NSRP is a collaboration of shipyard and government resources working together to reduce the cost of building, operating and repairing Navy ships by improving productivity and quality through advanced technology and processes.
SCA works closely with the Propeller Club of the United States, which is dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community. As a Board Member of the Propeller Club of the Port of Washington, D.C., SCA helps host events about national policy issues and other current topics of importance to the maritime community.
SCA, along with the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME), the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), the Navy League of the United States (NLUS), the Marine Machinery Association (MMA), and the American Maritime Modernization Association (AMMA) have come together to create a shared industry calendar. This calendar integrates all industry related events hosted by the listed contributors, the Navy and other maritime organizations. SCA would like to thank SNAME for hosting this convenient industry-wide calendar.
SCA works with MMA to promote and protect the community of suppliers that are essential to the shipbuilding and ship repair industry. Both associations participate in each others meetings because of the opportunity to create the dialogue necessary to understanding each others perspective on common issues.
ship repair associations
SCA has a very strong relationship with the five ship repair associations supporting the Navy: the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA), the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association (PSDSRA), the Jacksonville Area Ship Repair Association (JASRA), the Puget Sound Ship Repair Association (PSSRA), and the Ship Repair Association of Hawaii (SRAH). All six organizations jointly sponsor the National Ship Repair Industry Conference that meets with the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Congress to discuss important maintenance and modernization issues. We all work together in support of the Joint Industry/Navy Improvement Initiative (JINII) that the Navy has in place to improve maintenance and modernization processes and procedures.