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 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 Four Vessels For U.S. Army

WaArmyVessel-srren, 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.

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Blount Boats Delivers M/V Lila For Wendella Sightseeing Company

Wabanaki-sWarren, RI (July 24, 2012) – The 89-foot steel excursion boat, LILA built by Blount Boats for Wendella Sightseeing Company was accepted and delivered FOB Warren on Tuesday, July 24th. The vessel arrived in Chicago via the Erie Canal on August 1st.

The LILA was designed by Timothy Graul of Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It is powered by twin screw Caterpillar engines and will accommodate up to 340 passengers for architectural tours on the Chicago River. The vessel was designed with a climate controlled main cabin and will be outfitted with bar, heads and an entertainment & security system. The new vessel is certificated by the U.S. Coast Guard under Subchapter “K” for lakes, bays and sounds less than 1 mile from shore.

The M/V LILA is the sister vessel to the M/V WENDELLA built at the Blount shipyard in 2007, and the M/V LINNEA built in 2010. The LILA marks the 337th vessel to be built by the Blount shipyard, which has been in continuous operation since 1949.

Wendella Sightseeing is a Chicago family owned and operated business entering its’ 78th season as one of Chicago’s premier sightseeing and tourism venues. Founded in 1935 by Albert Borgstrom, a Swedish immigrant, Wendella is now in its third generation with Michael Borgstom serving as President.

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Blount Boats Delivers New Fast Ferry

FireIslander-s04-sWarren, R.I. (September 20, 2013) – Blount Boats completed the 85’ FIRE ISLANDER in September of 2013. The 382-passenger, 2 deck, all aluminum commuter boat will operate between Bay Shore Long Island and Fire Island on Great South Bay, Long Island, New York.

The triple screw vessel is powered by Detroit Series 60 Tier II diesel engines, 600 hp each at 2,100 rpm with 2:1 ZF 550 reduction gears. At a displacement of 43.6 tons, she cruises at 19 knots at 70% of her horse power load at full complement and 24 knots lightship at wide open throttle with very little wake.

This Blount water bus is DC powered with PTO driven fire and bilge pumps and stainless steel cable steering to large quadrants in the steering compartment, custom built sheaves and reduction gear sprockets enable single handed steering. The two outboard engines are plumbed to a heat recovery system that supplies hot water to several Heater Craft heaters so that this vessel can be used in the winter months. Two banks of three in-line Duramax keel coolers are strategically placed for engine cooling that allows for less drag and optimum speed.

The FIRE ISLANDER has been built and certified under U.S. Coast Guard, subchapter K Rules and Regulations. She was based on the original design of the Firebird, built by the Blount shipyard for West Ferry, Inc., a sister corporation of Fire Island Ferries in 1984. The relationship with the Blount shipyard dates back to 1971 when Ed Mooney first met Luther Blount to have him build the Capt. Patterson, a 300 passenger, steel hull ferry for Fire Island Ferries.

The new Fire Islander represents the ninth vessel built by Blount Boats for the Fire Island Ferries fleet since 1972.

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Blount Boats Delivers New Casco Bay Ferry

Wabanaki-sBlount Boats recently completed the 110-foot passenger ferry WABANAKI contracted by the State of Maine Department of Transportation for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. The design specifications were developed by Rolls-Royce for the 399 passenger US Coast Guard Sub-Chapter K vessel that will operate year round ferry service to six islands in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine.

The vessel is equipped with (2) electronically controlled Caterpillar C-18 Tier II diesel engines that meet the latest EPA standards, complete with (2) Twin Disc MGX-516 Marine Gears and ZF Mathers engine controls and shaft brake systems. Additional features include a 50HP Wesmar Electric Bow Thruster System, (6) Mathers control stations, a 400,000 BTU Burnham Boiler, a Jastram Electro-Hydraulic Steering System with controls for six stations and a 2000 pound capacity passenger/light freight elevator to meet latest ADA regulations. Other features include (2) ADA compliant bathrooms, recycled lumber seating throughout the vessel, vintage style rounded stern and functioning stack.

Blount Boats is pleased to announce that the Wabanaki, hull #335 will mark the eighth vessel built for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. Over the last 57 years, the Blount shipyard has built a total of seven vessels for Casco Bay: AUCOCISCO II (1953), EMITA II (1953), ABENAKI (1963), ISLAND HOLIDAY (1967), ISLAND ADVENTURE (1968), ISLAND ROMANCE (1973), and MACHIGONNE (1987).

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