SCA 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 41 companies that own and operate over 120 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 97 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.
The U.S. domestic maritime industry is key to America's economic strength and security. America's domestic shipping industry is responsible for nearly 500,000 jobs and more than $100 billion in annual economic output, according to a recent PriceWaterhouse Cooper study for the Transportation Institute. The U.S. Navy has said that repeal of the Jones Act would "hamper [America's] ability to meet strategic sealift requirements and Navy shipbuilding."
In a March 2012 survey of our shipyard and partner companies, SCA gathered data showing the negative impact of sequestration expected by this shipyard industrial base. 51% of the survey respondents reported delaying or stopping new hires because of the threat of sequestration.