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VSRA Hosts Sen. Warner: Budgets and Syria

September 07, 2013

Sen. Warner visited with Board members of the Virginia Ship Repair Association and Ship Repair workers on Sept. 6, 2013. The day of meetings and visits to shipyards highlighted the need for the industry to stay engaged with elected officials on budgetary issues as the new fiscal year approaches.

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VSRA 18th Annual Safety & Health Seminar - REGISTER NOW!

September 03, 2013

Early Bird Registration has begun for the VSRA 18th Annual Safety & Health Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - REGISTER NOW!  Seating will be limited, so be sure to reserve your seats early!  You will be invoiced.

Please click here to register.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m.  Breakfast and registration are from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Opening session begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Theme:  "Home Safe - Not Just for Baseball”

VSRA hosts a Safety & Health seminar each year for the benefit of its members and employees. This event is sponsored by the Safety Committee. This is a dynamic day of presentations, activities and networking for employees who ensure their personal safety and those around them.

Please click here to view the Safety & Health Seminar Flyer

Please click here to view the Sponsorship Package.

Please contact Sylvia Bell if you have any questions at or call (757)233-7034.

VSRA Releases Position Paper on Homeport Proposals

July 17, 2013

On July 16, 2013 VSRA released a position paper on the impacts of Homeport planning, along with strategies that make more short-term economic sense, as well as position the maintenance community to be more efficient and effective in the long-term. Please read and share this document in our effort to support the best solutions possible in our current fiscal environment.

Click Here to Download the Document.


2013 Tradesmen of the Year Awardees!

May 23, 2013

Congratulations to Jr. Tradesman of the Year Steven Pulliam and Sr. Tradesman of the Year Dennis Bueso. The judging was tough in both categories and is conducted blindly, so congratualtions also to Oceaneering for taking home both awards this year! Both candidates showed exemplary performance in innovation, expertise in craft, mentorship and community service. We are proud of them and all of our skilled workforce. Together we are The Strength Behind the Fleet!

Senate to Introduce Version of House Spending Bill Next Week

March 05, 2013

The House passed a spending bill that will fund Navy fleet maintenance and avert the defense crisis. Senator Mark Warner explains the current situation in this LETTER. The Senate is expected to introduce their own version of the budget the week of March 13, 2013.

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VSRA Members are Making their Voice Heard!

February 21, 2013

Your calls and letters are turning up the heat in D.C. Read more on how to expand the impact you are having!

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Our Navy Fleet MUST NOT be Neglected: Voice your Concern!

February 04, 2013

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter issued a memorandum outlining steps the Pentagon is taking in response to the budget uncertainty and challenges as a result of operating under a continuing resolution and the growing threat of sequestration.

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SecNav Mabus: Sequester's a nightmare but year long CR is just as bad.

February 04, 2013

[Sequestration "would be $4.6 billion hit for the Department of the Navy," said Mabus in his speech. "If that continuing resolution is extended for the rest of the fiscal year that's another -- exactly the same number -- $4.6 billion hit."]

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Women in Motion

November 02, 2012

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's  Outstanding Women’s Exchange presents Women in Motion. Recognizing local outstanding women.

Guest Speaker: Deborah Stearns of Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

November 8, 2012 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) at Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina: 700 Settlers Landing Road Hampton, VA. Tickets are $35.00 for members and non-members; you may purchase ticket(s) at


Nicole Stuart of Top Guard Security: Outstanding Woman of the Year

Erin Black of Old Point National Bank: Young Professional Woman of the Year

Sharon Durrette-Hunt of Enspyr, LLC: Outstanding Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year

OSHA Directive Extreme Heat-Related Outdoor Inspections

July 26, 2012

Due to some extreme heat facing much of the country this summer, late last week OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax sent a memo to OSHA regional enforcement officers directing them to "expedite heat related inspections and to issue citations, where appropriate, as soon as possible." OSHA will be assessing citations using criteria laid out in the attached memo using the General Duty Clause of the OSHAct. The memo further states that should the requisites not be met in full to warrant a General Duty Clause citation, OSHA will issue employers a Hazard Alert Letter (HAL) recommending specific steps to abate heat related hazards. The entire memo is attached with more information, including a sample HAL.

Please click here to view the Memo Fairfax to RAs re heat July 2012.pdf.

Please be sure to review your policies. Please also see OSHA's recent website and associated resources focusing on heat illness here:


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