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SCA Weekly Report | March 6-10, 2023

Shipbuilders Council of America

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SCA Weekly Report | March 6-10, 2023





Registration Still Open:

2023 National Ship Repair Industry Conference (NSRIC)


March 20-23, 2023

The Westin Crystal City

Arlington, VA


The 2023 National Ship Repair Industry Conference (NSRIC) will be held in-person on March 20-23, 2023.The cost to attend the meeting is $550.


NSRIC 2023 is only open to SCA members and Ship Repair Association Members, and is closed to the press.


Confirmed Government Speakers for Tuesday Include:


  • Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Vice Admiral William Galinis
  • Commander, Regional Maintenance Center, Rear Admiral Eric Ver Hage
  • ASN RDA (Acting), Mr. Frederick J. Stefany
  • Captain Thomas Lowry, Chief of Naval Engineering, United States Coast Guard
  • Mr. Thomas Kiss, Director of Ship Management, Military Sealift Command




Registration Now Open:

2023 SCA Spring Membership Meeting


May 17-18, 2023

20 F St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20001


Registration for the 2023 SCA Spring Membership meeting in Washington, D.C. is now open. The meeting will be held at the Adams and Reese offices at 20 F St. NW, Washington, D.C 20001.


For more information on the schedule and to register, CLICK HERE





President’s Budget Released

President Joe Biden's $842 billion Pentagon budget request may be the largest in the nation's history, but defense hawks say it’s not large enough. Yet it’s not clear whether they can muster the support for another big increase along the lines of the $45 billion boost approved last year.


Biden's fiscal 2024 request comes under different circumstances than the first two budgets that Congress significantly increased. Now, Republicans are fighting with themselves over deep spending cuts, and at the same time, a confrontation with the administration is looming over raising the debt limit in the coming months.

Defense hawks decried the increase of just over 3 percent as not nearly enough to counter China and Russia and are pledging to hike the topline. Yet other conservatives want to cap spending at fiscal 2022 levels, making the prospects for another dramatic defense boost murky.


"I don't think you're [going to] grow the topline like you did the last couple of years. I just don't see that happening," Rep. Rob Wittman said.

Rep. Mike Gallagher called increasing defense in the current fiscal climate a "challenge." Republicans, he said, need an "Apollo 13 moment: lock all the nerds in a room" and find a solution.


The Pentagon would receive $842 billion, up from the current level of $816 billion. That amounts to a 3.2 percent increase. Overall national defense funding would go up to $886 billion from $858 billion.




New Jersey Opens 4 GW Offshore Wind Solicitation

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has given the green light on the state’s third solicitation of offshore wind capacity. This third solicitation seeks to award between 1.2 GW and 4 GW of offshore wind capacity, building on the previously awarded 3.75 GW. The application window opened on 6 March and bids will be accepted by 23 June 2023. NJBPU anticipates making a decision on the submitted applications by the end of 2023. This represents a significant milestone toward achieving Governor Phil Murphy’s goal of 11 GW of offshore wind energy in New Jersey by 2040, which could power 3.2 million homes with renewable energy, NJBPU said.


Port of New London Upgrades to Handle Offshore Wind Customers

The Connecticut Port Authority announced recently that its northeast bulkhead (the delivery berth) has been completed. As a result, the Port of New London is on track to assist in the assembly and delivery of offshore wind turbines for the Ørsted and Eversource South Fork Wind project this spring. The delivery berth is a heavy-lift platform capable of handling loads of 5,000 lbs. per sq. ft. Three offshore wind projects commissioned by Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island, with an estimated output of approximately 1,760 megawatts (enough to power over one million homes), are scheduled for assembly and delivery from New London.  




Bollinger Holds Steel Cutting Ceremony for T-ATS 10

Last week, Bollinger Shipyards officially commenced construction of the U.S. Navy's future USNS Muscogee Creek Nation, at Bollinger Mississippi Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, MS. The vessel is the 10th Navajo-class Towing, Salvage and Rescue Ship (T-ATS) and the fifth T-ATS vessel being constructed by Bollinger since acquiring the program in April of 2021.


“We’re excited to be able to utilize our newly acquired facility in Pascagoula to maximize our mobility and efficiency on the T-ATS program as we officially kick off construction on the fifth of five T-ATS ships to be built by Bollinger,” said Ben Bordelon, President and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards. “The T-ATS program is an important part of our expanding portfolio and relationship with the Navy as we work to support critical fleet modernization efforts. Maximizing Bollinger Shipyards resources across the Gulf Coast is something we’re incredibly proud of. This program sustains jobs in both our facilities between Houma and Pascagoula.”


The Navajo-class provides oceangoing tug, salvage, and rescue capabilities to support fleet operations, and are tasked with coming to the aid of stricken vessels. Their general mission capabilities include combat salvage, lifting, towing, retraction of grounded vessels, off-ship firefighting, and manned diving operations. The T-ATS platform replaces and fulfills the capabilities that were previously provided by the Powhatan-class Fleet Ocean Tug (T-ATF 166) and Safeguard-class Rescue and Salvage Ships (T-ARS 50) class ships.


US Launches $6 Billion Program to Slash Manufacturing Emissions

The US is offering $6 billion in funding to decarbonize industrial manufacturing that accounts for 24% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, a critical step in the Biden Administration’s effort to reach a carbon-free economy by 2050. The Energy Department’s Industrial Demonstrations Program will provide up to 50% of the cost of first-of-a-kind or early-stage projects aimed at stripping carbon dioxide from the production of concrete, steel, chemicals and other energy-intensive materials, according to a statement Wednesday.


“For the longest time, folks have looked at the industrial sector and thought of it as hard to decarbonize and maybe even impossible to decarbonize,” White House National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi said in an interview. “The industrial sector represents a significant share of our emissions but it also represents a significant opportunity for us to advance bold climate action.”


Funding for the industrial decarbonization push was provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. Concept papers are due April 21 and final applications must be submitted by August 4.


Wärtsilä Books its First CCS-Ready Scrubber Order

As interest grows in the potential for exhaust gas cleaning systems to scrub out more than sulfur, Wärtsilä has received its first order for carbon capture and storage-ready (CCS-ready) scrubber systems. The scrubbers, each rated at 35 MW, will be installed in four 8,200 TEU container vessels being built at undisclosed Asian based shipyard. The scrubbers are termed CCS-ready because, as part of their installation, Wärtsilä will perform additional design and engineering work to ensure that future retrofits for a full CCS system on the vessels have already been provided for during the newbuilding construction stage.


Wärtsilä will take measures to ensure adequate space for the future installation of CCS system, incorporate considerations for minimizing idle load and optimizing utilities, and prepare the control and automation system accordingly. The CCS-ready scrubbers will also be designed for integration with a particulate matter (PM) filter.




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