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.