Warren, RI (June 9, 2012) – Blount Boats, Inc. has designed and completed four (4) 75-foot passenger vessels for the U.S. Army for service to the Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific. The vessels were built to meet the USCG Subchapter “T” for operation between the Marshall Islands of Kwajalein, Rio-Namur and Ennubirr Island on a Protected Waters Route for the Kwajalein Range Service, LLC, a contractor to the U.S. Army.
The 150-passenger mono hull boats are constructed of welded Corten steel with aluminum superstructure. The ferries are powered by twin Detroit Series 60 diesel engines, rated at 475 hp at 1,800 rpm, coupled to ZF 550 1.833:1 ratio gears. The vessels were designed to operate efficiently and with minimum maintenance. The fire and bilge pumps are PTO driven off both mains, and the steering will be operated by a cable-type steering system reducing the need for generators.
All four vessels were successfully delivered on Saturday, June 9th via commercial transport vessel contracted by the U.S. Army.