The following is the text of a news release from Blount Boats:
(WARREN, R.I.) (Jan. 9) — Blount Boats has signed a contract with American Petroleum & Transport Inc. to construct a 79-by-23-foot, double hull, steel, fuel bunkering tanker for service in New York Harbor and New Jersey. The vessel was designed by Farrell & Norton Naval Architects and will be built to USCG Subchapter “D” specifications and admeasure to less than 100 GRT.
The vessel will be powered by two Tier 3 Cummins Model QSL9, six-cylinder diesel engines rated at 330 hp at 1,800 rpm with ZF Model W325 marine hydraulic gears that will have 4.91:1 reduction ratio. The vessel will also be equipped with a 50hp Wesmar hydraulic bow thruster. The cargo tankage is designed to hold a capacity of 56,450 gallons. Delivery for Hull 365 is scheduled for August 2015.
American Petroleum & Transport (AP&T) started in April 1996 and began supplying fuel to ferries, dinner boats and commuter equipment with a small self-propelled tanker. In 2005, the company purchased the Patrick Sky and Scotty Sky and began bunkering fuel and transferring heating oil. In anticipation of OPA 90, AP&T built the James Joseph to replace these two vessels. They are now contracting with Blount Boats to build the tanker Chandra B to replace the Captain Log.