August 7, 2008
Blount delivers two to Puerto Rico
Blount Boats, Inc. of Warren, R.I., has used a ferry to ferry a ferry to Puerto Rico.
More precisely, Blount has just completed two newbuildings for Puerto Rico and used the larger one to carry the smaller one on its delivery voyage.
The larger of the two is the 165 ft x 45 ft 300 ST class cargo/passenger M/V CAYO LARGO, built by Blount for the Puerto Rico and Municipal Islands Maritime Authority. It was accepted for delivery to Fajardo, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, July 23, 2008.
M/V CAYO LARGO is powered by four Detroit Diesel 12V4000 M60 engines delivering a total 7,080 hp. It will carry 300 tons of cargo and will accommodate up to 300 passengers for transportation to the Puerto Rican islands of Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra. It was built in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard, Subchapter "K" regulations, with an Ocean Certificate for cargo ferry service and meeting the hull structural requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping. The M/V CAYO LARGO is one of the largest cargo ferries to have been built at the Blount shipyard. It marks the 322nd vessel built at the yard and its 22nd for the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority.
The smaller vessel is the 45 ft x 17 ft M/V LA PLENA, the first of four water taxis being built by Blount Boats for the San Juan public transit system.
M/V LA PLENA is powered by two) Mercury Verado 300 Series outboard engines totaling 600 hp and will carry 49 passengers for transportation to Hato Rey, Catano and Old San Juan terminals.
Blount Boats, formally Blount Marine Corporation, has been in continuous operation since 1949. Founded by industry icon the late Luther Blount, it is now managed by his children: Marcia Blount, President and Chief Financial Officer, Julie Blount, Executive Vice President and Human Resources Manager, and Nancy Blount, Secretary.
The yard currently employs fifty-two workers. including welders, shipfitters, pipefitters, electricians, machinists, painters, engineers.