American Offshore Services orders Hybrid Ready Jones Act CTVs

American Offshore Services (A-O-S) is a Crew Transfer Vessel Operator owned by SEA.O.G Offshore and Northern
Offshore Services (N-O-S). With its fleet of CTVs, A-O-S will serve the emerging offshore wind industry in the United States.

A-O-S Orders Hybrid Ready CTVs from Blount Boats

American Offshore Services announced today that they placed an order to build four Hybrid Ready Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs). The vessels will be the first hybrid ready CTVs operating in the United States. Blount Boats, a shipbuilder in Warren, Rhode Island, will deliver the vessels in 2023-2024. All four CTVs will immediately go to work servicing America’s burgeoning offshore wind farm projects.

“We are excited to build this next generation of CTVs for A-O-S,” says (Marcia Blount, Blount Boat President). “A hybrid-ready CTV is a fitting addition to the new and growing offshore wind industry in the United States, and we are proud to be a part of it in such a vital way.”

American Offshore Services presents the new generation Crew Transfer Vessel – G-class. This 99 ft. (30m) state of the art vessel based on N-O-S design, will revolutionize the industry with its completely new high efficiency design and maximized performance.

A-O-S Announces First signed contracts

A-O-S also announced today that they have secured their first contracts with clients in the United States.
Starting in Q2 2023, A-O-S will provide CTVs and equipment to four different wind farms on the United States’ East Coast during the construction phase.

“The hard work we all have put in together has resulted in our first won contracts,” says David Kristensson, owner of N-O-S. “The first contract in a new market is always something special and I cannot wait for what happens tomorrow and the day after that.”

A-O-S was founded in 2020 when N-O-S and SEA.O.G entered a joint venture. The companies combined their skillsets- with N-O-S being the most-recognized crew transfer vessel operator in Europe and SEA. O.G being a successful offshore services provider in the U.S.- to create a CTV Operator powerhouse.
“American Offshore Services is the next step in our company’s journey. We are grateful to have met a partner in whom we share our values and way of thinking when it comes to shipping, business, and the future”, says David Kristensson, N-O-S.

“A-O-S is a shining example of how US Contractors can work in partnership to rapidly advance our local industry says James Clouse, Managing Director and co-founder of A-O-S. “We are realizing our dream of moving America’s offshore wind industry forward and doing it with partnerships built on shared vision and values.”

About Northern Offshore Services
Northern Offshore Services is a leading provider and operator of CTVs in the European market and is a part of Northern Offshore Group. Northern Offshore Group operates about 65 vessels and has a complete set of onshore technical and commercial management services inhouse. The company has offices in Gothenburg Sweden, Copenhagen Denmark, Hamburg Germany, Lowestoft and Conwy United Kingdom. The group is driven by entrepreneurship and consists of several well-established, privately owned companies that operate in various parts in the marine industry. The group has a clear vision and values rooted in the strong shipping culture and entrepreneurial spirit of Donsö, an island in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago, in Sweden.

About SEA.O.G. Offshore
SEA.O.G Offshore is a US based integrated solutions provider for the renewables industry. With offices in New Bedford and Houston the company supports logistics and supply chain marine operations for wind turbine manufactures and international offshore contractors. As one of the members of the Crosby Family of companies, the group operates over 130 inland and offshore tugs providing services ranging from engineered project cargo logistics to subsea rock placement, and everything in between.

About Blount Boats
Blount Boats specializes in the construction of steel and aluminum commercial vessels. Since 1949 the shipyard has built over 372 vessels that provide its customers with dependable service and lasting value. Over the last 10 years Blount has watched the offshore wind industry develop in the United States and held the vision of building high quality, innovative, shallow draft crew transfer vessels. To date, Blount Boats has built two of the three U.S. flagged crew transfer vessels operating in US waters. The shipyard is located in Rhode Island on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay.

Blount Boats Completes Green Marine 2020 Verification Review

Warren, Rhode Island, May 6, 2021 – Blount Boats, Inc. completed the Green Marine verification review establishing a baseline for the environmental program performance measurements.

The certification program addresses key environmental issues through 12 performance indicators that include greenhouse gases, air emissions, spill prevention, waste management, environmental leadership, and community impacts – some applicable to shipping activities, others to landside operations. The certification process is rigorous and transparent with results independently verified every two years. Each company’s individual performance is made public annually.

In 2019, Blount Boats, Inc. joined Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental program for North America’s maritime industry. Blount elected verification for 2020 year ending in 2021 which was performed by Mr. Brian Lesinski of EA Engineering, Science and Technology. The review was conducted in conformance with published Green Marine protocols and Smart Guide checklists.

Based in Warren, Rhode Island, Blount Boats is a family-owned private shipyard with 72 years of experience. Through the years, good workmanship, innovations and proven reliability have earned the Blount organization distinction as a successful industry leader.

“We’re already committed to delivering vessels that exceed our clients’ expectations and now wish to go beyond compliance in our work in terms of the environment as well,” says Marcia Blount, the company’s president. “Green Marine will provide guidance towards greater sustainability for our shipbuilding activities and help to position Blount Boats as an environmental steward in the east coast shipbuilding community.”

Blount Boats deliverers second US Flag Windfarm Service Vessel to Atlantic Wind Transfers

January 1, 2021:  On January 1, the crew transfer vessel, ATLANTIC ENDEAVOR, was delivered to the Dominion Energy Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Farm to support two Siemens Gamesa turbines.  The project is located 27-miles off Virginia Beach. The 65-foot crew transfer vessel will provide O&M support for the wind farm and is owned and operated by Atlantic Winds Transfers.  The vessel is manned by a crew of 2-4 and has the capacity to transport up to 24 wind farm technicians.

The specialized model of the Chartwell 24, designed by Chartwell Marine Ltd., was modified to comply with American environmental and USCG regulations, and with legislation protecting the migration route of the protected Right Whale.

The vessel is a twin hulled catamaran of aluminum construction, and is equipped with MAN engines, Cummins generators, ZF Transmissions, HamitonJet waterjets and Humphree USA Interceptors. Its service speed is 22-24 knots, with a sprint speed of 29 knots.

On deck, the CTV has 10 metric tonnes cargo capacity, cargo securing points, a Palfinger crane, and a Nabrico anchor winch.  The vessel is also equipped with a power washing and fuel transfer system.

This marks the second Jones Act crew transfer vessel built by Blount Boats for American Wind Transfers. The first CTV, Atlantic Pioneer, was built in 2016 and has been servicing the five 6-megawatt turbines at the Block Island Wind Farm off Block Island, RI for five years.

Blount Boats, Inc. joins Green Marine’s certification program

Warren, Rhode Island, December 12, 2019 – Blount Boats, Inc. becomes the eighth shipyard company to join Green Marine, the leading voluntary environmental program for North America’s maritime industry.

Based in Warren, Rhode Island, Blount Boats is a family-owned private shipyard with 70 years of experience. Through the years, good workmanship, innovations and proven reliability have earned the Blount organization distinction as a successful marine industry leader.

“We’re already committed to delivering vessels that exceed our clients’ expectations and now wish to go beyond compliance in our work in terms of the environment as well,” says Marcia Blount, the company’s president. “The Green Marine framework is tailor made for the marine industry and scalable to our size of operations. It will provide guidance towards greater sustainability for our shipbuilding activities.”

Green Marine is delighted to further expand its shipyard and U.S. East Coast membership by welcoming Blount Boats, Inc. into the environmental certification program. “Blount Boats increases the shipyard participation and is very timely with Green Marine releasing a new performance indicator for ship recycling in the coming year,” adds David Bolduc, Green Marine’s executive director. “It is also rewarding to see more shipyards joining from the U.S. East and West Coasts, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region, and British Columbia.”

The Green Marine environmental certification program addresses key environmental issues through 12 performance indicators that include greenhouse gases, air emissions, spill prevention, waste management, environmental leadership, and community impacts – some applicable to shipping activities, others to landside operations. The certification process is rigorous and transparent with results independently verified every two years. Each company’s individual performance is made public annually.

About Blount Boats, Inc.
Blount Boats, Inc. is a full service shipyard that specializes in the design, construction and repair of steel and aluminum vessels up to 220 feet (67 metres) long. Founded as Blount Marine Corporation in 1949 by Luther H. Blount (1916-2006), a leading innovator in the shipbuilding industry, the company based in Warren, Rhode Island, is privately held and managed by the Blount family.

Green Marine Overview
Green Marine is a voluntary marine industry initiative with the goal of achieving levels of environmental performance that exceed regulatory requirements in areas such as air/land/water emissions. There are currently more than 140 ship owners, port authorities, terminals and shipyards from coast to coast in Canada and the United States participating in the program. Established in 2007, the program has earned support from more than 70 environmental organizations, scientific research programs and government agencies. These supporters contribute to shaping and revising the program. Learn more at www.green-marine.org

For More Information:

Marcia Blount
President
Blount Boats, Inc.
401-245-8300
marcia@blountboats.com

Manon Lanthier
Communications Manager
Green Marine
418-649-6004 Ext. 302 | C: 418-569-5110
manon.lanthier@green-marine.org

ATLANTIC WIND TRANSFERS, CHARTWELL MARINE, BLOUNT BOATS SIGN LANDMARK U.S. OFFSHORE WIND VESSEL DEAL

  • Atlantic Wind Transfers places market-first order for two Chartwell 24 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) – built locally at Blount Boats
  • Vessel design, optimized for operation in US waters, expected to set benchmarks for technical availability and safety in the market

December 4th, Rhode Island – Leading U.S. offshore wind farm support company Atlantic Wind Transfers has signed a multi-million-dollar, market-first order for two state-of the-art Chartwell 24 Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), developed by Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design.

The vessels, to be deployed in support of new wind farms off the East Coast, will be built by Blount Boats, a historic shipyard and pioneer in CTV construction in the USA, for delivery in 2020.

Meeting the demands of U.S. offshore wind developers and asset owners – many of whom have a background in the European sector – requires domestic supply chain firms to capitalise on existing technology, lessons learnt and best practice, while responding to the unique requirements of operating in American waters.

Atlantic Wind Transfers will be able to meet these challenges with the Chartwell 24 – a pioneering vessel design that is expected to set the standard for technical availability and safety in US offshore wind going forward. Chartwell Marine has taken end user considerations into account to provide a CTV with all the advancements gained from operation in the European market, but tailored for the U.S.

The new vessels will be a specialised model of the Chartwell 24, modified to comply with American environmental regulations and operational conditions. In particular, the vessels will be compliant with legislation protecting the migration route of the protected Right Whale off the north-eastern seaboard, with a specially adapted 65-foot hull. This hull has been further adapted to handle the Atlantic sea conditions, mandating the highest standards in design and construction.

These modifications have been introduced without compromising on the proven attributes that make the Chartwell 24 one of the safest and most capable vessel designs in the offshore wind market – including a hull configuration that minimises ‘wet deck slamming’, a large, step-free foredeck and superior transit performance.

Andy Page, Managing Director of Chartwell Marine, added: “Based on our knowledge of the conditions off the coast of New England, we made modifications to our design to ensure optimal performance. Compliance with maritime regulations is only second to the safety of personnel, so we have ensured that Atlantic Wind Transfers and its clients will benefit from a vessel that ticks all of these boxes, while attaining the highest possible standards of safety and technical availability.”

Charles Donadio, CEO of Atlantic Wind Transfers, said: “Our Crew Transfer Vessel company was the first to support offshore wind here in Rhode Island, with the first and only CTV currently operating in the United States. This is another major milestone for us as we expand our operation and aim to support the local supply chain along the East Coast of the United States.”

“We have worked closely with Andy Page for the last seven years and, based on past experience along with conversations with established European CTV operators, we knew that the Chartwell 24 was the right vessel to deliver the standards of service our future clients will expect. We have full confidence the finished vessel from Blount Boats will be a class-leading, U.S.-flagged, Jones-Act compliant vessel.”

Blount Boats are at the forefront of the emerging offshore wind industry, having built the first ever U.S. flagged Crew Transfer Vessel for Atlantic Wind Transfers in 2015 the “Atlantic Pioneer”– which in turn was commissioned to service the first U.S. offshore wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island. The central location of the Blount Boats shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island, makes them optimally placed to supply CTVs to companies like Atlantic Wind Transfers.

Marcia Blount, President and Chief Financial Officer of Blount Boats, concluded: “As the offshore market grows, so too does the demand for American-made CTVs. Building vessels to Chartwell’s proven design enables us to couple European design expertise with American engineering and support the domestic supply chain as it goes from strength to strength.”

About Chartwell Marine

Chartwell Marine is a pioneer in next-generation vessel design. A reputed naval architect with an industry-leading track record designing award-winning high-speed vessels, Chartwell Marine supports ambitious boat builders and vessel operators around the world with specialist, independent design and consultancy services.

To find out more about Chartwell Marine, please visit: http://www.chartwellmarine.com/

About Atlantic Wind Transfers

Atlantic Wind Transfers based in Quonset Point, Rhode Island was founded by Rhode Island Fast Ferry owner Charles A. Donadio Jr. in May 2015 is Atlantic Wind Transfers is the first Offshore Wind Farm Support company to provide crew and cargo transfer services for offshore installations and long-term operations and maintenance in the U.S.

Atlantic Wind Transfers commissioned the first Crew Transfer Vessel in the U.S., Atlantic Pioneer, after signing a contract with Deepwater Wind for long-term O&M for the Block Island Wind Farm.

For more information about Atlantic Wind Transfers, please visit: www.atlanticwindtransfers.com

About Blount Boats

Blount Boats, Inc. is a full-service shipyard specializing in design, construction and repair of steel and aluminium vessels up to 220 feet. Founded as Blount Marine Corporation in 1949 by Luther H. Blount (1916-2006), the company is privately held and managed by the Blount family.

Today, the Blount family is carrying on the Blount tradition and is charting a course to remain a strong, innovative and successful leader in the marine industry.

To find out more, please visit: http://blountboats.com/

Governors Island Announces Arrival of New Ferry Vessel

Contact: Sarah Krautheim/646.413.1547/skrautheim@govisland.org

‘Governors 1’ will go into service beginning June 15

400-passenger vessel designed to increase service from Lower Manhattan to every 20 minutes on weekends

June___, 2019. New York, NY. The Trust for Governors Island (The Trust) today announced the arrival of its new passenger ferry, the Governors 1. Built by Rhode Island-based Blount Boats, Inc., the new ferry will serve 400 passengers per trip between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island. The new vessel will officially go into service on weekends during the public season beginning June 15, increasing service between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island to every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays.

“QUOTE” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“QUOTE” said Alicia Glen, former Deputy Mayor and incoming Chair of the Trust for Governors Island.

[Additional quotes: NPS, electeds, Friends of Governors Island, NY Harbor School (?)]

“Blount Boats is honored to have been chosen by the Trust to build another iconic vessel for New York Harbor,” said Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats, Inc. “The Governors I joins eight other Blount built vessels currently operating for the waterways of New York City.”

The new ferry vessel was purpose-built to serve Governors Island’s expanded public access, visitor growth and future activation. The ferry will be initially deployed on weekends this summer and will provide quick, efficient service to Governors Island, carrying an additional 1,000 passengers per hour. The 132 feet long and 40 feet wide single passenger deck vessel is powered by two 800 horsepower engines and will travel at a speed of 14 knots. The primary route for the new vessel will be between the Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing, the Island’s primary ferry landing located on the northern tip within the Governors Island Historic District.

The arrival of the new passenger ferry marks the latest investment in the ongoing transformation of Governors Island. Since 2010, over $400M has been invested in Governors Island by the City of New York, beginning with the construction of a new 43-acre park and infrastructure. The de Blasio administration is currently investing over $100M to upgrade and improve transportation and utility infrastructure to support the Island’s next phase of development. Since 2014, Governors Island’s visitation has nearly doubled from 400,000 to over 750,000 in 2018.

Governors 1’s arrival doubles the Trust’s ferry fleet and will supplement the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen, a 1,242 passenger, up to 30- vehicle capacity ferry. The Coursen was originally built in 1956 to serve the Island when it operated as a U.S. Army base, and later a U.S. Coast Guard base. The only publicly accessible vehicular ferry in operation in New York Harbor, the Coursen currently serves the Island’s Manhattan ferry route during the public season from May 1-October 31, and year-round for the Island’s staff and tenants. During the season, ferries to and from Brooklyn will continue to be operated by contracted service, in addition to weekend shuttle service between Pier 11 and Governors Island operated by NYC Ferry. Over time, the Trust plans to add additional routes between Governors Island and other parts of the City as access to the Island expands.

The project team is led by Blount Boards Inc., a family-owned shipyard led by Marcia Blount, based in Warren, Rhode Island and celebrating their 70th anniversary in business this year. Elliott Bay Design Group is the designer of the vessel and Glosten serves as Owners Representative, completing the vessel’s initial Basis of Design and previously developing the Shipyard Procurement Request for Proposals on behalf of the Trust for Governors Island. Blount and Elliott Bay Design Group were awarded the contract for design and construction services in July, 2017.

About The Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is the nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York that is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to transform Governors Island into a vibrant resource for New York City, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with extraordinary public open space, as well as educational, not-for-profit and commercial facilities.

For more information, visit www.govisland.org.

Contact: Sarah Krautheim/646.413.1547/skrautheim@govisland.org

 

Blount Boats Signs Contract for 56 Foot Twin-Screw Tug

Warren, R.I. (October 17, 2018) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state power organization, to construct an ice breaking, all-welded-steel, diesel-powered, double screw tugboat to operate in seasonal ice near the entrance to and within the upper Niagara River. This vessel will replace existing vessels in the NYPA fleet currently used for the installation, removal, and maintenance of the Lake Erie Ice Boom and various associated marine construction projects.

The naval architectural and marine engineering firm, Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. developed the contract design and will provide technical oversight during the fabrication process on behalf of NYPA.

The 56’x18.5 shallow draft tug will be powered by two Caterpillar series C-9 engines, each 375HP@1800 RPM. The vessel’s hull, machinery, electrical systems and safety equipment will comply and, be inspected in accordance with USCG Subchapter M – Towing Vessels.

Delivery of the vessel to NYPA’s facility on the Buffalo River Entrance Channel is scheduled for fall 2019.

BLOUNT BOATS SIGNS CONTRACT FOR 56 FOOT TWIN-SCREW TUG

Warren, R.I. (October 17, 2018) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state power organization, to construct an ice breaking, all-welded-steel, diesel-powered, double screw tugboat to operate in seasonal ice near the entrance to and within the upper Niagara River. This vessel will replace existing vessels in the NYPA fleet currently used for the installation, removal, and maintenance of the Lake Erie Ice Boom and various associated marine construction projects.

The naval architectural and marine engineering firm, Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. developed the contract design and will provide technical oversight during the fabrication process on behalf of NYPA.

The 56’x18.5 shallow draft tug will be powered by two Caterpillar series C-9 engines, each 375HP@1800 RPM. The vessel’s hull, machinery, electrical systems and safety equipment will comply and, be inspected in accordance with USCG Subchapter M – Towing Vessels.

Delivery of the vessel to NYPA’s facility on the Buffalo River Entrance Channel is scheduled for fall 2019.

Blount Boats Signs Contract For New Fire Island Ferry

Warren, R.I. (February 14, 2018) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with Fire Island Ferries to construct an 85 foot aluminum ferry boat for service between Bay Shore and Fire Island on Great South Bay. This vessel is a sister ship to the M/V Fire Islander (Hull 368) built by Blount Boats in 2013.

The triple screw vessel will be built and certified under U.S. Coast Guard, Subchapter K Rules and Regulations. It will be powered by John Deere Model #6135SFM85 diesel engines, 650hp each at 2,100 rpm with 2:1 ZF 550 reduction gears. This vessel marks the 10th boat designed and built by the Blount shipyard for Fire Island Ferries since 1972, a milestone for the two companies. Delivery for Hull 370 is scheduled for May 2019.

In review, the Blount Shipyard has built the following vessels for the Fire Island Ferries fleet: Capt. Patterson (1972), Fire Island Miss (1976), Traveler (1977), Vagabond (1979), Fireball (1981), Firebird (1983), Fire Island Flyer (2001), Fire Island Belle (2009), and Fire Islander (2013).

Fire Island Ferries has been in operation since 1948 and supplies fast marine transportation services from Bay Shore, Long Island to Fire Island.

BLOUNT BOATS SIGNS CONTRACT FOR NEW FIRE ISLAND FERRY

Warren, R.I. (February 14, 2018) – Blount Boats has signed a contract with Fire Island Ferries to construct an 85 foot aluminum ferry boat for service between Bay Shore and Fire Island on Great South Bay. This vessel is a sister ship to the M/V Fire Islander (Hull 368) built by Blount Boats in 2013.

The triple screw vessel will be built and certified under U.S. Coast Guard, Subchapter K Rules and Regulations. It will be powered by John Deere Model #6135SFM85 diesel engines, 650hp each at 2,100 rpm with 2:1 ZF 550 reduction gears. This vessel marks the 10th boat designed and built by the Blount shipyard for Fire Island Ferries since 1972, a milestone for the two companies. Delivery for Hull 370 is scheduled for May 2019.

In review, the Blount Shipyard has built the following vessels for the Fire Island Ferries fleet: Capt. Patterson (1972), Fire Island Miss (1976), Traveler (1977), Vagabond (1979), Fireball (1981), Firebird (1983), Fire Island Flyer (2001), Fire Island Belle (2009), and Fire Islander (2013).

Fire Island Ferries has been in operation since 1948 and supplies fast marine transportation services from Bay Shore, Long Island to Fire Island.