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SCA Weekly Report | January 17 - 21, 2022

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SCA Weekly Report | January 17-21, 2022





2022 SCA Winter Meeting


February 2-3, 2022

The Biltmore Hotel

Coral Gables, FL


The 2022 SCA Winter Membership Meeting will be held in-person on February 2-3, 2022.The cost to attend the meeting is $550.


SCA Board and Committee Meetings will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 and SCA Staff Reports, the Guest Speaker Panel Sessions, and golf tournament will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2022.


The cost to play in the golf tournament is $200 and the cost to rent clubs for the golf tournament is an additional $80.


Confirmed Speakers for the Panel Sessions include:


Government Shipbuilding Panel

  • Rusty Murdaugh, President, Austal USA
  • Richard Hunt, President, Fincantieri Marinette Marine
  • Ben Bordelon, President & CEO, Bollinger Shipyards
  • Joey D’Isernia, President, Eastern Shipbuilding Group
  • Eric Crooker, Vice President of Contracts & Pricing, Ingalls Shipbuilding


Commercial Shipbuilding Panel

  • Garrett Rice, President, Master Boat Builders
  • Gavin Higgins, CEO, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders
  • Chris Allard, CEO, Metal Shark
  • Lee Stokes, Chief Operating Officer, Alabama Shipyard


Vessel Owner & Operator Panel

  • Richard Balzano, CEO and Executive Director, Dredging Contractors of America 
  • Fred Paup, Chairman of the Board & EVP, Manson Construction Co.
  • Jeff Dixon, President, TOTE Services
  • Bill Hanson, Senior Vice President of Market Development & Government Affairs, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company, LLC




Registration Now Open: 2022 National Ship Repair Industry Conference (NSRIC)


March 21-24, 2022

The Westin Crystal City

Arlington, VA


The 2022 National Ship Repair Industry Conference (NSRIC) will be held in-person on Mach 21-24, 2022.The cost to attend the meeting is $550.


NSRIC 2022 is only open to SCA members and Ship Repair Association Members and is closed to the press.


Confirmed Government Speakers for Tuesday Include:


  • Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral William Lescher
  • Vice Admiral Roy Kitchener
  • Vice Admiral William Galinis
  • Rear Admiral Eric Ver Hage
  • Rear Admiral Carola List, USCG
  • ASN RDA, Frederick (Jay) Stefany



A room block has been secured for this event at the Westin Crystal City. To book a room at the negotiated rate of $268/ night, click HERE.




Funding Deal Remains Elusive

Congressional negotiators are working to strike a government funding deal ahead of a Feb. 18 deadline, even as lawmakers left Washington yesterday for a week-long recess.


Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants to have an omnibus prepared a few days after lawmakers return from recess on Jan. 31, he told reporters yesterday, setting an ambitious schedule for negotiations during the recess.


Staffers will continue discussions, Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) told reporters yesterday, and Leahy said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there were conversations among the top House and Senate appropriators in the near future.


Shelby was more skeptical about meeting the Feb. 18 deadline, though he said negotiators have made progress. It’s possible lawmakers will make significant progress but have to rely on a short-term stopgap if there isn’t a finished 12-bill spending package by Feb. 18.


The timing of a full omnibus spending package depends on how soon top negotiators can sort out fundamental questions on riders – including the decades-old Hyde amendment limiting federal funds for abortion – and top-line spending figures. Appropriations subcommittee leaders say they can act quickly and finish work if there’s a high-level agreement soon.




Parker Nominated to Be Assistant Navy Secretary

President Biden has nominated Franklin Parker to become assistant Navy secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Parker was appointed for this position in 2015 under the Obama administration and served until 2017. Parker is currently working as a senior counsel in intelligence solutions for BAE Systems.




New York’s First Offshore Wind Project Approved for Construction

Recently, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the Construction and Operations Plan for the 132MW South Fork Wind project, the first offshore wind project to be located in federal waters off New York. South Fork Wind’s 12 turbines will be located out of sight about 35 miles east of Montauk Point and produce enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes. 




Corps of Engineers to Focus on Supply Chain Problems and Climate Change with $14B in Allocated Spending

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is receiving $14 billion in funding to focus on projects dedicated to tackling supply chain issues and climate change, some of which has been allocated from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year. More than 500 projects that include all 50 states and two territories will be covered under the allocation of funds secured from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year in addition to other appropriations, according to a White House readout. The White House readout said that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be allocating $4 billion to tackle supply chain problems, including “to expand capacity at key ports, allow passage of larger vessels, and further enhance the country’s ability to move goods.”


Among some of the projects that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to tackle with the allocated funding include expanding Norfolk Harbor, VA, and certain channels of the Port of Long Beach, CA.


American Cruise Lines Building 12 New Coastal Cruise Ships for U.S. Market

Earlier this week, American Cruise Lines announced plans to construct 12 new ships that will “more than double” the nation’s capacity for domestic coastal cruises. The new U.S.-built fleet, the centerpiece of what the company calls “Project Blue,” will operate exclusively in the United States and feature a “go-anywhere” hybrid catamaran design giving them “unprecedented near-shore operating versatility,” the company said in a press release. Like other American Cruise Lines newbuilds, all 12 will be built by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland. Each will be 241 feet long, 56 feet wide, and will accommodate 109 passengers and 50 crew. The company said the hybrid catamaran design will enable both shallow draft access and stable sailing along lakes, rivers, bays, and the U.S. coastline.


Port of Los Angeles Reports Record 10.7 Million TEU Throughput in 2021

The Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s top port for containerized imports, reported record cargo volumes of 10.7 million TEUs in 2021 despite congestion that has hit throughput in recent months. The record result sets a Western Hemisphere record and breaks the port’s previous calendar year record by 13%, set in 2018. The annual figure was announced by Port Executive Director Gene Seroka in his address at the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association’s seventh annual “State of the Port” event, held virtually due to the pandemic. 




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SCA staff.