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july 2015 FOGHORN 29 membernews For the best in custom Marinas Gangways Floating Structures Bridges Security Gates Catwalks Web www.topperfloats.com Email brucetopperfloats.com Tel 800.332.3625 PVA membership ferries excursion water taxis dinner boats and overnight cruise ships operating on waterways throughout the nation. This easy-to-implement program was developed specifically for PVA member use. To learn more about the program and how it can benefit your operation go to www.passengervessel.com member-resources.htmlgreenwaters or contact Karen Rainbolt at krainboltpassengervessel.com or call 571-388-7752. n Rhode Island Fast Ferry Awarded Contract for Offshore Wind Farm Vessel Rhode Island Fast Ferry North Kingstown RI has entered an agreement for the first U.S.-built crew transfer vessel which will be built by PVA Associate member Blount Boats Warren RI. This long-term charter services agreement is the first deal of its kind to be signed in the U.S. and marks a significant milestone in the develop- ment and deployment of U.S. offshore wind a market that has recently escalated. We are very excited to be a part of this offshore wind farm project. Launching Atlantic Wind Transfers and building the first crew transfer vessel in the Unites States with local company Blount Boats is not only good for the State of Rhode Island but it will also provide for future growth and enhance the capabilities of our company in the U.S. offshore energy sector said Charles A. Donadio Jr. President Rhode Island Fast Ferry. Rhode Island Fast Ferry will be investing over 4 million to build the vessel and provide training to meet the needs of the Block Island Wind Farm. Marcia Blount President of Blount Boats stated We are honored to be chosen to build the first U.S.-flagged wind farm vessel in the United States. n Wendella Launches New Vessel Lucia Wendella Sightseeing Boats Chicago IL has taken delivery of its newest vessel Lucia. Designed by PVA Associate member Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay WI and built by PVA Associate member Burger Boat Company Manitowoc WI Lucia is a 89 steel passenger vessel. Wendella is a participant in the PVA Green WATERS Program. Lucia designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design of Sturgeon Bay WI was launched earlier in the season and has a passenger capacity of 340 guests who will enjoy tours specialty cruises and private events on two decks. Lucia is certified as a U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K vessel and is powered by two Caterpillar C12 main engines and has two Northern Lights generators both companies are PVAAssociate members. n