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Passenger/cargo ferry

February 2, 2007

Blount books another order from Puerto Rico

Blount Boats Inc., Warren, R.I., has signed a contract with the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority to construct a 162 ft passenger/cargo ferry to be used for transportation to the Puerto Rican islands of Fajardo-Vieques-Culebra.

The new ferry will be the twenty-second vessel built by the Blount shipyard for the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority over the past forty-seven years.

The 162 ft x 46 ft, 300 ST Class, 300 passenger vessel is being built to service and support the continued development of the islands.

The vessel will be powered by four Detroit Diesel 12V4000 M60 engines totaling 6,200 HP, 2.5:1 Twin Disc MG6848SC gears and 55 kW John Deere generators will supply ships service power. The vessel will be equipped with four 56 inch diameter four-bladed bronze propellers measuring 56" diameter.

The vessel will be built in accordance with USCG subchapter "K" regulations for cargo/ ferry service and hull structural requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping.

Delivery is scheduled for spring 2008.