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BLOUNT/BARKER SHIPBUILDING

Blount-Barker Shipbuilding Formed

Blount-Barker Shipbuilding Corporation was recently formed and James A. Barker has been named the President and CEO. Blount-Barker, based in Warren, R.I., specializes in the design and shipbuilding of tugboats, cruise ships, high-speed ferries and dinner and passenger vessels. The new company takes over the activities of the Blount Marine and Blount Industries entities, and operates as a separate corporation. As part of the new venture, Mr. Barker assumes management of Blount's shipyard and personnel, with the option to purchase the operations should they be sold in the future. "Jim Barker brings complementary experience that will greatly enhance the capabilities of the new Blount-Barker venture," said Luther H. Blount, founder of Blount Marine and Blount Industries. Blount, 84, will remain active in the day-to-day shipyard operation for Blount-Barker. "Through this new venture, we intend to maximize the superior naval architecture design and shipbuilding capabilities of Blount Marine and Blount Industries," said Jim Barker. "We also plan to expand into larger commercial vessels in the coming years," he added. Blount Marine was founded in 1949 by Luther Blount, and today extends over six acres in Warren with a staff of more than 50. Blount Marine has been a leading innovator in the shipbuilding industry for more than half a century. Luther Blount holds 21 U.S patents for numerous inventions, including the stern trawler and the net/drum technology.


Bristol Harbor Will Modify Tug

Bristol Harbor Marine Design (BHMD) was recently awarded the contract from Blount/Barker Shipbuilding, of Warren R.I., to modify the design of an 85 ft. tug. The new tug is based on an 85 ft. tug currently under construction at the yard, the design of which was developed by BHMD and based on a classic Blount design. BHMD will take advantage of Computerized Numeric Controlled (CNC) cutting for the hull and deckhouse modification


Blount Delivers 130-ft. Crowther Catamaran

The 442 passenger, fast catamaran Atlanticat was delivered to it’s hailing port of Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Monday, July 21, 2003. The vessel, built for B.B.O., LLC will be operating as Acadian Whale Adventures out of Bar Harbor, Maine and used for off shore whale watching during the summer months and commuter service in Key West, Florida during the winter. The 7,200 hp aluminum catamaran is powered by (4) Cummins KTA-50 engines; ZF4600D gears with (2) Cummins ONAN 95 kW generators


Blount-Barker Awarded Contract For Conversion

Blount-Barker Shipbuilding signed a contract on April 15th with Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) to convert the M/V Essex to passenger only service. The 100 ft. open deck passenger/auto ferry with single ended propulsion will be converted to increase the maximum capacity from 149 to 600. Modifications include a conversion to double ended propulsion, enclosing the main deck and providing a steel canopy to cover the upper deck


Blount/Barker Launches New 55-ft. Harbor Tug

Blount/Barker Shipbuilding launched a 55-ft. twin screw harbor tug on March 8 at the company’s shipyard in Warren, R.I. Special features ordered by the purchaser, Tutor-Saliba/Koch/Tidewater JV of Sylmar, Calif., include push knee for towing jumbo barges. The vessel will be used in the seismic retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in northern California, which was damaged in a recent earthquake. The twin screw tug is powered by two Caterpillar 3412C diesel engines producing 615 hp


ABS Elects Members and Corporate Officers

At the recent Board of Directors and Council meetings of the international classification society ABS, 26 prominent members of the shipping and offshore industries were elected as new members of the society, as well as a new member elected to its technical committee and two corporate officer positions. The newly elected members serving a five year term are: Mark W. Barker , President, Interlake Steamship Company Angela A. Chao , Senior Vice President, Foremost Group


Blount Boats Awarded Contract for Casco Bay Ferry

Blount Boats, Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Maine Department of Transportation to build a 110-ft passenger ferry for the Casco Bay Island Transit District. The design specifications are similar to the Aucocisco III, which were developed by Seaworthy Systems. The proposed 399 passenger, Sub-Chapter K vessel will operate year round ferry service to islands in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine. The vessel will be equipped with electronically controlled diesel engines that meet the latest


Blount Contract for Chicago Tour Boat Company

Blount Boats, Inc. has signed a contract with Wendella Sightseeing Company, Inc. to construct an 89 by 30-ft steel excursion vessel. This vessel will be a sister ship to the M/V Wendella (Hull 320) built by the Blount shipyard in 2007.  The vessel was designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design and will operate in the Chicago area. The 300 passenger vessel will be powered by twin screw C12 Caterpillar engines, 385hp at 1,800 rpm with ZF gears


Blount Industries' M/V Grande Mariner

Blount Industries newest cruise ship, M/V Grande Mariner, was built for American Canadian Caribbean Line, Inc. It is the second in a new line of Grande Class small cruise ships, built and designed for the American Canadian Caribbean Line, Inc. The 183 ft. ship accommodates 100 passengers, and is designed with several ACCL innovations, includinug patented bow ramp, shallow draft and retractable pilot house. Grande Mariner also features super-quiet engines and generators


Blount to Build Bunkering Tanker for NY-NJ Harbor

Image courtesy of Blount Boats

Blount Boats signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport, Inc. to construct a 79x23 foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel, designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects, will be built to USCG Subchapter “D” specifications and admeasure to less than 100 GRT. The new tanker will be named Chandra B, and will replace the Capt. Log.  


Newport News Shipbuilding Bags US Navy Submarine Contract

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries

 The U.S. Navy has given Newport News Shipbuilding a $106 million contract to provide engineering and industrial support for submarines.    Huntington Ingalls Industries, parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, said the contract will be worth a total of $564 million


Brazil Convicts First Engineering Exec in Petrobras Scandal

Three executives of Brazil's Camargo Correa group were convicted on money laundering, corruption and other charges on Monday, the first construction-industry executives to be sentenced in a giant price fixing and bribery scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras.  


Maersk Starts Weekly Service through Port of Jacksonville

JAXPORT. Photo by Port of Jacksonville

 The Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) has welcomed the 4,400 teu AS Mariana, the first ship in Maersk Line’s new weekly service to Asia through at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.   JAXPORT has officially announced the addition of the world’s No


Two Dead in Petrobras Offshore Accident

Two workers died at a construction project at a Brazilian oil terminal operated by state-run Petrobras on Tuesday, adding to a string of fatal and life-threatening accidents, a union representing oil workers said in a statement. The workers drowned after scaffolding they were erecting collapsed


7th Annual UK Ports Conference to Take Off Tomorrow

Maria Pittordis

  Tomorrow 23rd June international law firm Hill Dickinson LLP will be holding  its UK Ports Conference focusing on ‘The Future of UK Ports: changing regulation, shipping trend updates and new opportunities in the supply chain’.  


China Ship Building Looks Up

Pic: China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry

 88 medium-size and large shipbuilding enterprises in China realized an aggregate gross industrial output value of RMB 163.0 billion ($26.3 billion) during the January-May period this year, up 5.5 percent year on year, says China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry (CANSI).


Petrobras Stops Platform Output After Gas Leak

Brazil state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA stopped production on Sunday from its P-40 platform in the offshore Marlim Sul field after a gas leak on the vessel, an oil workers' union said on its website on Monday, citing worker reports.  


Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership Launched

The American Great Lakes Ports Association in partnership with the Lake Carriers’ Association, Fednav Limited, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, have jointly sponsored a new bi-national public affairs program called The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership.  


Interlake Steamship Nears Final Stage of $100m Fleet Upgrade

S.S. Herbert C. Jackson (Photo: The Interlake Steamship Company)

The Interlake Steamship Company announced that it will repower its last steamship, the S.S. Herbert C. Jackson, with a highly automated diesel propulsion system in the final phase of a 10-year, $100 million modernization effort to create the most efficient


Two Hurt in Petrobras Platform Accident; Output Halted

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras was forced to stop output at its P-56 offshore oil production ship on Wednesday in the Marlim Sul field after an explosion in an electrical panel started a fire and injured two workers, union officials said.  


US Builder Secures Wind Farm Supply Vessel Order

Photo: Blount Boats

Rhode Island based shipbuilder Blount Boats signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island, the shipbuilder announced today.   The 21-meter aluminum vessel was designed by South Boats IOW


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Soo Locks Open for Cargo Ships

The Edwin H. Gott enters the Poe Lock: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 Despite the chilly temperatures and heavy snowfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Soo Locks for the start of the Great Lakes shipping season.    The Edwin H. Gott, a 1,004-foot freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock


Piracy Still a Big Threat in the Indian Ocean

Photo: Alex Sergienko

Underestimating the security risk in the Indian Ocean could put ships in danger once again, says maritime security company MAST Ltd.   “Whilst recent reports and incidents seem to be pointing to the Far East as the next piracy hotspot


MMK Boosts Steel Shipments to Shipbuilders

OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works (MMK) supplied 78,000 metric tons of metal products to shipbuilders in 2014, which represents a 37.2% growth year-on-year.   MMK supplies up to half of all metal products sold to the Russian shipbuilding industry






 
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