“Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety” and “Significance in Safety Achievement” Awards Given Annually to Shipyards That Advance Safety and Accident Prevention

CHANNELVIEW – The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) today announced Southwest Shipyard received all three of SCA’s 2024 safety awards: “Excellence in Safety,” “Improvement in Safety,” and “Significance in Safety Achievement.” SCA, the national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors shipbuilding and repair facilities with annual safety awards for the enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention.

Through its proactive approaches and dedication to improving the safety of its employees, Southwest 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, Southwest Shipyard saw 0 fatalities and had a total recordable incident rate (TRIR) of under 1.0. We’re proud to recognize Southwest Shipyard and its hardworking men and women for upholding the shipyard industry’s reputation and commitment to advancing safety. Their efforts make our industry an example for others to follow.”

“Everyone here at Southwest Shipyard is very proud to once again receive the SCA Excellence, Improvement and Significance in Safety Awards. These SCA awards continue to be the benchmark and goals incentivizing us all to continue our efforts in maintaining a safe work environment, keeping our employees safe, returning home to their families every day. We are very proud of our management team’s daily commitment to keeping our people trained and yards safe, as we continue to grow our workforce by adding new employees daily. This accomplishment was no easy task making this year’s awards very special for us all. We are committed, from senior management to men and women coming out of orientation, to continue working safely as we meet our customers’ needs without sacrificing quality or any contractual obligations,” said Scott Theriot, President & CEO of Southwest Shipyard.

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 www.shipbuilders.org.

About Southwest Shipyard
Headquartered in Channelview, Texas, Southwest Shipyard specializes in new construction, maintenance, and repair for a variety of vessels, including barges, towboats, and offshore support vessels. With over 65 years of experience, Southwest Shipyard is committed to quality craftsmanship, safety, and customer satisfaction. Southwest Shipyard operates four state-of-the-art facilities equipped with modern dry docks, fabrication shops, and a skilled workforce dedicated to delivering superior maritime solutions. Serving both the commercial and government sectors, Southwest Shipyard is a trusted partner for clients seeking reliable and innovative marine services, ensuring operational readiness and efficiency across the Gulf Coast’s vital waterways. You can learn more by visiting https://www.swslp.com/.