South Boats Appoints Blount Boats to Manufacture Catamarans for US Wind Farm Industry
- Business & Finance
Blount Boats, Inc. recently announced that it has been appointed by South Boats Special Projects, Ltd., based at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England to be the exclusive shipyard to manufacture U.S. flagged aluminum catamarans of South Boats designs for the U.S. wind farm industry. Blount Boats operates a shipyard in Warren, Rhode Island.
South Boats is recognised as a pioneer in designing and manufacturing wind farm service vessels. Their shipyard has built 45 vessels in five classes, from 15m – 30 meters, representing a 50% market share in European wind farms that are serviced by 13 operators, including Turbine Transfers Ltd. (Holyhead Towing Company), Iceni Marine Services Ltd., Northern Offshore Services AB, MPI Workboats, Ltd. (Vroon Group BV), Maritime Craft Services and MTS Group. The boats have worked on 25 wind farm projects in 7 countries. South Boat designs are continually evolving to meet the growing expectations of the industry for higher levels of safety, reduced noise levels and enhanced crew comfort.
Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats, said “We have been chosen by the leading builder of wind farm vessels because of our depth of experience in building work boats for the past 62 years. We look forward to working with South Boats to bring their proven catamaran designs to our shipyard to build boats for operators of US wind farms.”
Blount Boats welcomes the opportunity to talk with potential operators positioned to service the offshore wind farm industry.
Source: Blount Boats, August 02, 2011.