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Alabama Shipyard Receives National Shipbuilders Annual Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety Awards

MOBILE – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced Alabama Shipyard received SCA's annual "Excellence in Safety" Award for the 2023 calendar year. SCA, the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for the enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.

Through proactive approaches and dedication to improving the safety of employees, Alabama Shipyard is one of 18 shipyards to receive awards for its continued advancement of employee safety in the shipyard industry.

"The safety of our employees is a top priority, fundamental to our values and central to the success and sustainability of our industry," said Matthew Paxton, President of SCA. "By adhering to stringent safety standards and implementing proactive measures in 2023, Alabama Shipyard has not only adapted to challenges but has also ensured the uninterrupted continuity of operations. We're proud to recognize Alabama Shipyard and its hardworking men and women for upholding the shipyard industry's reputation and their commitment to advancing safety. Their efforts make our industry an example for others to follow.

"We are honored to receive the Excellence in Safety and Improvement in Safety awards from SCA. At Alabama Shipyard, safety is not just a practice but a core value that guides every aspect of our operations," said Greg Wagner, CEO of Alabama Shipyard These awards affirm our dedication to maintaining the highest standards of safety, ensuring the well-being of our employees, and the success of our projects."

The shipbuilding industry continues to see a decrease in recordable injuries year after year, demonstrating a sharp downward trend over the past decade. This commitment to safety has allowed U.S. shipyards to adapt and address the obstacles that arose throughout the year while continuing operations.

SCA member companies are eligible for a Safety Award by submitting the SCA Injury & Illness survey for all four quarters, have zero fatalities in a single year, and either have a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) below the SCA average or if the yard reduces its year-on-year TRIR by 10 percent or more.

About SCA

Shipbuilders Council of America (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 40 companies that own and operate over 80 shipyards, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland waterways system, Alaska and Hawaii. SCA also represents 87 partner members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry. You can learn more by visiting

About Alabama Shipyard

Alabama Shipyard, located in Mobile, Alabama, is a leading shipyard facility offering a wide range of services, including ship repair, conversion, and shipbreaking. Founded in 1916, the shipyard operates on a 356-acre site with deep-water access and extensive facilities, enabling it to handle large and complex projects. Known for its commitment to safety, quality, and customer focus, Alabama Shipyard has successfully completed numerous high-profile projects, such as overhauls for the USNS Comfort and other Military Sealift Command vessels. You can learn more by visiting


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