Reed Helps RI Shipyards Land Over $1.1 Million to Support Marine Jobs & Infrastructure Improvements

Reed Helps RI Shipyards Land Over $1.1 Million to Support Marine Jobs & Infrastructure Improvements

Federal funds will help growth and development of RI’s skilled workforce

WARREN, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that two Rhode Island shipyards will be awarded $1,114,370 in federal funding to make capital improvements that will help create jobs, increase economic activity, and improve their building, service, and maintenance capabilities.  Blount Boats in Warren will receive $508,927 and J. Goodison Company in North Kingstown will receive $635,453 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) through the Small Shipyard Grant Program.

Senator Reed, who successfully wrote the law to restore federal funding for the Small Shipyard Grant Program, says the federal grants will help the local shipyards purchase needed equipment, improve efficiency, and train a skilled workforce of contractors and welders for commercial shipyards while also supporting our military shipbuilding industrial base.

Blount Boats will use the federal funds to help the company purchase a 25-ton submersible, self-propelled marine transporter to haul USCG rescue vessels due for maintenance and repair, explosion-proof lighting, blasting system, belt-sander and plate roller that will help the company make needed improvements to its hull and painting shops.  The project also includes creating a series of work stations.  All of the improvements will help the shipyard increase efficiencies in its production capability and operations.

  1. Goodison Company, a veteran-owned shipyard that provides repair services to commercial and government vessels, will use its federal grant to purchase a wash water collection and treatment system, along with new boom lifts, scissor lifts, and scaffolding towers.  The addition of this equipment will allow the shipyard to expand operations and work on more vessels simultaneously. Taken together, the new investments will help the shipyard create jobs and realize increased environmental efficiencies in its operations.

“Small shipyards like Blount Boats and J. Goodison Company help provide a big lift to Rhode Island’s economy.  I worked to restore the Small Shipyard Grant Program and secure federal funds for it because it helps these businesses compete to build and service ships here in Rhode Island, bringing more jobs and opportunities to the Ocean State.  This was a highly competitive grant process with over 100 shipyards requesting federal funds.  I am pleased that Rhode Island companies successfully competed for these grants,” said Reed, the Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee.

Blount Boats & Elliott Bay Design Group Partner to Deliver a New Passenger Ferry

Design and Construction Services Awarded for Governors Island, New York

Blount Boats and Elliott Bay Design Group Partner to Deliver a New Passenger Ferry Design and Construction Services Awarded for Governors Island, New York

WARREN, RI (July 10, 2017) – Blount Boats together with Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been awarded the contract to design and construct a new passenger-only ferry for Governors Island, New York by The Trust For Governors Island (Trust). The Blount/EBDG partnership combines their extensive knowledge, skills and experience in the design and construction of ferries.

“Blount Boats is honored to have been chosen by the Trust to build another iconic vessel for New York Harbor,” Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats, said upon award of the contract. Robert J. Pelletier, Vice President of Blount Boats, will be Project Manager for the construction at the Blount shipyard.

“EBDG looks forward to working with Blount and designing a quality vessel for the Trust,” Matt Williamson, PMP, Project Manager for the Design said about the award. As the recognized national leader in ferry design, EBDG’s scope of work includes contract and detail design along with vessel delivery support.

The vessel will provide passenger ferry service between Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on Governors Island, New York. The initial vessel design will have a maximum holding capacity of 400 passengers, with a length of 132′, a beam of 40′ and a depth of 13′. The vessel will be built to meet USCG Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 46 Subchapter K.

ABOUT BLOUNT BOATS Blount Boats is a full service shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island offering innovative construction services for the marine industry. Hundreds of Blount built boats have been put into service, including passenger vehicle ferries, commuter boats, dinner excursion boats, passenger ferries, small cruise ships, bunkering tankers, tugs, commercial trawlers and wind farm service vessels, since its founding in 1949. This new vessel will join many other Blount boats currently working in New York Harbor such as the fleet of vessels operated by Statue Cruises taking visitors to the Statue of Liberty including “Miss Liberty” (Hull #15) built in 1954, the “Michael Cosgrove” (Hull #76) built in 1962 for the City of New York and still in service, and the “Sensation” (Hull #278) built in 1989 and purchased and retrofitted in 2015 by Hornblower Cruises and Events.

For more information, please visit their website http://www.blountboats.com.

ABOUT ELLIOTT BAY DESIGN GROUP Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) is an employee-owned company with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan that provides naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services to owners, operators and shipyards across the country. With a focus on responsiveness, EBDG delivers designs that are better to build and better to operate.

For more information, please visit their website http://www.ebdg.com.

Blount Boats Delivers Architectural Tour Boat for Chicago, Illinois

skyview_366-rd-bigWarren, R.I. (July 2016) – Blount Boats of Warren, Rhode Island delivers the M/V Skyview to Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago. With a LOA of 100’ and maximum beam of 35’ the steel, Subchapter K passenger vessel designed by Seacraft Design, LLC is certified to carry up to 318 passengers and will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters.

The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries, Harvey, LA. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44” diameter, 4-blade propellers and Kobelt Steering.

The vessel was specifically designed with a recessed pilot house to meet the air draft requirements for navigating the waterways of Chicago. Special features include hand-crafted mahogany doors, railings and bench seating, full-service bar, 20-keg beer cooler, ladies and men’s heads (heated), 430 pound ice machine and air-conditioning.

The M/V Skyview marks the second vessel built by Blount for Shoreline Sightseeing.

Blount Boats Delivers Architectural Tour Boat for Chicago, Illinois

Warren, R.I. (July 2016) – Blount Boats of Warren, Rhode Island delivers the M/V Skyview to Shoreline Sightseeing, Chicago. With a LOA of 100’ and maximum beam of 35’ the steel, Subchapter K passenger vessel designed by Seacraft Design, LLC is certified to carry up to 318 passengers and will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters.
The vessel is powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio supplied and commissioned by Allemand Industries, Harvey, LA. The vessel is also equipped with twin 44” diameter, 4-blade propellers and Kobelt Steering.
The vessel was specifically designed with a recessed pilot house to meet the air draft requirements for navigating the waterways of Chicago. Special features include hand-crafted mahogany doors, railings and bench seating, full-service bar, 20-keg beer cooler, ladies and men’s heads (heated), 430 pound ice machine and air-conditioning.

The M/V Skyview marks the second vessel built by Blount for Shoreline Sightseeing.
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Blount Boats Delivers America’s First US Flagged Wind Farm Supply Vessel

AP_HR_Bow_WP(April 13, 2016)          Blount Boats has delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, America’s first U.S. Flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfers that will begin service for Deep Water Wind Block Island at the end of May.

The 21 meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW (Isle of Wight), recognized as a pioneer in designing and manufacturing crew transfer vessels. South Boats IOW has designed and built approximately 81 crew transfer vessels for the European Offshore Wind Sector servicing wind farms throughout Europe. In 2011 Blount Boats signed an exclusive licensing agreement with South Boats covering the U.S. offshore wind industry.

The South Boats’ 21m is a twin hulled, all aluminum catamaran, dual certified to USCG Subchapter T (Small Passenger) to carry up to 47 passengers and subchapter L (Offshore Supply Vessel) to carry up to 16 offshore workers.

The propulsion system consists of two (2) MAN V12-1400 hp engines, ZF Marine 3050 Gears, and Hamilton Jet HM571 waterjets. The vessel exceeded the contractual performance reaching sprint speeds in excess of 30 knots, with the ability to cruise (80% power) at 26 knots when in a light condition.

A Cummins Onan 17kw generator provides AC power to the air conditioning system, a heating system and small galley. A PTO driven hydraulic system powers a deck crane, fire pump, fuel transfer pump, and a salt water pressure washing system. All other equipment is fed DC power through house batteries.

The vessel was specifically designed to carry up to 12 tons of cargo in the bow and 3 tons of cargo in the stern. The forward and after decks are outfitted with cargo lashing and container sockets. A knuckleboom crane is outfitted onto the bow area.

The bow has a bow boarding/loading platform to allow offshore workers to make the transition from the vessel to the wind turbine. The vessel connects to the turbine base by use of a special bow fendering system.  The specified fender is the latest generation in proven fendering systems being installed in the European fleet.  The vessel is capable of making transfers in 1.5m significant wave heights.

The interior of the deckhouse is outfitted with a head, a small galley area with settee seating, twelve (12) suspension seats, storage lockers, entertainment system, Wi-Fi, and sound absorbing decking. The entire deck house is isolated from the hull with vibration mounts for a quieter and smoother ride to and from the work site.

Blount Boats Delivers USCG Subchapter “D” Tank Vessel

Chandra B(September 16, 2015) – Blount Boats has completed the 79×23-foot bunkering tanker CHANDRA B for American Petroleum. The design by Farrell & Norton Architects was built to USCG Sub-Chapter D specifications and will operate in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel which will be replacing the Captain Log was delivered on September 6, 2015.

The vessel is equipped with (2) Tier III Cummins Model QSL9, six-cylinder diesel engines rated at 330hp at 1800 rpm with ZF Model W325 marine hydraulic gears that will have 4.91:1 reduction ratio. The vessel is also equipped with a 50hp Wesmar hydraulic bow thruster. The cargo tankage is designed to hold a capacity of 56,450 gallons.

American Petroleum & Transport (AP&T) started in April 1996, and began supplying fuel to ferries, dinner boats, and commuter equipment with a small self-propelled tanker. In 2005, the company purchased the Patrick Sky and Scotty Sky and began bunkering fuel and transferring heating oil. In anticipation of OPA 90, AP&T built the James Joseph to replace these two vessels which were built by the Blount shipyard. The Patrick Sky (L.G. LaDuca) was built in 1960, and the Scotty Sky (L.G. LaDuca II) was built in 1966.

Blount Boats Delivers America’s First US Flagged Wind Farm Supply Vessel

(April 13, 2016)          Blount Boats has delivered the Atlantic Pioneer, America’s first U.S. Flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfers that will begin service for Deep Water Wind Block Island at the end of May.

The 21 meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW (Isle of Wight), recognized as a pioneer in designing and manufacturing crew transfer vessels. South Boats IOW has designed and built approximately 81 crew transfer vessels for the European Offshore Wind Sector servicing wind farms throughout Europe. In 2011 Blount Boats signed an exclusive licensing agreement with South Boats covering the U.S. offshore wind industry.

The South Boats’ 21m is a twin hulled, all aluminum catamaran, dual certified to USCG Subchapter T (Small Passenger) to carry up to 47 passengers and subchapter L (Offshore Supply Vessel) to carry up to 16 offshore workers.

The propulsion system consists of two (2) MAN V12-1400 hp engines, ZF Marine 3050 Gears, and Hamilton Jet HM571 waterjets. The vessel exceeded the contractual performance reaching sprint speeds in excess of 30 knots, with the ability to cruise (80% power) at 26 knots when in a light condition.

A Cummins Onan 17kw generator provides AC power to the air conditioning system, a heating system and small galley. A PTO driven hydraulic system powers a deck crane, fire pump, fuel transfer pump, and a salt water pressure washing system. All other equipment is fed DC power through house batteries.

The vessel was specifically designed to carry up to 12 tons of cargo in the bow and 3 tons of cargo in the stern. The forward and after decks are outfitted with cargo lashing and container sockets. A knuckleboom crane is outfitted onto the bow area.

The bow has a bow boarding/loading platform to allow offshore workers to make the transition from the vessel to the wind turbine. The vessel connects to the turbine base by use of a special bow fendering system.  The specified fender is the latest generation in proven fendering systems being installed in the European fleet.  The vessel is capable of making transfers in 1.5m significant wave heights.

AP_HR_Bow_WPThe interior of the deckhouse is outfitted with a head, a small galley area with settee seating, twelve (12) suspension seats, storage lockers, entertainment system, Wi-Fi, and sound absorbing decking. The entire deck house is isolated from the hull with vibration mounts for a quieter and smoother ride to and from the work site.

Blount Boats Signs Contract for Architectural Tour Boat for Chicago

(December 14, 2015) Blount Boats, Inc. signed a contract on June 30th to build a 100 x 35 foot steel passenger ferry boat for Shoreline Sightseeing Co., Chicago, Illinois.  The new vessel was designed by Seacraft Design, LLC, Sturgeon Bay, WI. The proposed 300-plus passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel will operate as an architectural tour boat in partially protected waters.

The vessel will be powered by twin Volvo D13 MH, 400hp diesels with twin 65 kW John Deere generators, ZF W325 gearboxes, 2.933:1 ratio and 44” diameter, 4-blade propellers.

This is the second vessel being built by Blount for Shoreline and delivery is slated for spring 2016.

Blount Boats Delivers USCG Subchapter “D” Tank Vessel

(September 16, 2015) Chandra B Blount Boats has completed the 79×23-foot bunkering tanker CHANDRA B for American Petroleum. The design by Farrell & Norton Architects was built to USCG Sub-Chapter D specifications and will operate in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel which will be replacing the Captain Log was delivered on September 6, 2015.

The vessel is equipped with (2) Tier III Cummins Model QSL9, six-cylinder diesel engines rated at 330hp at 1800 rpm with ZF Model W325 marine hydraulic gears that will have 4.91:1 reduction ratio. The vessel is also equipped with a 50hp Wesmar hydraulic bow thruster. The cargo tankage is designed to hold a capacity of 56,450 gallons.

American Petroleum & Transport (AP&T) started in April 1996, and began supplying fuel to ferries, dinner boats, and commuter equipment with a small self-propelled tanker. In 2005, the company purchased the Patrick Sky and Scotty Sky and began bunkering fuel and transferring heating oil. In anticipation of OPA 90, AP&T built the James Joseph to replace these two vessels which were built by the Blount shipyard. The Patrick Sky (L.G. LaDuca) was built in 1960, and the Scotty Sky (L.G. LaDuca II) was built in 1966.

Blount Boats Signs Contract for USCG Subchapter “D” Tank Vessel

January 9, 2015: Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79×23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel was designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects and will be built to USCG Subchapter “D” specifications and admeasure to less than 100 GRT.

The vessel will be powered by two, Tier III Cummins Model QSL9, six-cylinder diesel engines rated at 330hp at 1800 rpm with ZF Model W325 marine hydraulic gears that will have 4.91:1 reduction ratio. The vessel will also be equipped with a 50hp Wesmar hydraulic bow thruster.  The cargo tankage is designed to hold a capacity of 56,450 gallons.  Delivery for Hull 365 is scheduled for August 2015.

American Petroleum & Transport (AP&T) started in April 1996, and began supplying fuel to ferries, dinner boats, and commuter equipment with a small self-propelled tanker. In 2005, the company purchased the Patrick Sky and Scotty Sky and began bunkering fuel and transferring heating oil. In anticipation of OPA 90, AP&T built the James Joseph to replace these two vessels. They are now contracting with Blount Boats to build the tanker, CHANDRA B to replace the Captain Log.