Blount Boats Signs Contract For First US Built Wind Farm Supply Vessel - Warren, RI, Blount Boats is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry for the construction of a 21 meter crew transfer vessel (CTV) that will operate for Deepwater Wind Block Island. In 2011, Blount Boats signed a licensing agreement with South Boats to become the exclusive shipyard to manufacture U.S. Flagged aluminum catamarans of South Boats IOW designs for the U.S. Wind Farm Industry. The South Boats’ designed stock 21m wind farm vessel is a twin hulled, all aluminum catamaran. It will be dual certified to USCG Subchapter T (Small Passenger) to carry up to 49 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 is predicted to reach sprint speeds in excess of 28 knots, with the ability to cruise (80% power) at 27 knots when in a light condition and 23 knots in loaded condition. For additional information contact: Marcia Blount, President/FCFO, Blount Boats, Inc. (401) 245-8300.