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Artist's conception of an ultramodern dinner boat based on a new design by Luther H.

Blount, president of Blount Marine Corporation, Warren, R.I.

Blount Marine To Build

Ultramodern Dinner Boat 400-Passenger Vessel Based On New Design

The Warren, Rhode Island, ship- yard of Blount Marine Corporation has begun the construction of a new, ultramodern design 400-passenger dinner boat for Rentacruise, Inc.

To be called the Vista Jubilee, the passenger vessel is based on a new design unveiled by Luther H.

Blount, president of Blount Ma- rine Corporation. The boat design was revealed at the recent annual

NAPVO (National Association of

Passenger Vessel Owners) conven- tion in San Diego.

Marcia L. Blount, executive vice president, Blount Marine, re- ferred to the new vessel as an "oper- ator's boat." The new design incor- porates a number of alterations as suggested by experienced shipboard restauranteurs and tour hosts.

Available in lengths from 114 to 145 feet, the vessel boasts a 39-foot beam, providing the luxury of space vital to the nature of the restaurant and entertainment business. The vessel is designed and certified to carry 450 to 600 passengers on lakes, bays, and sounds, and the final de- sign for a 145-foot vessel may ac- commodate up to 800 passengers.

The new design will be offered in two versions by Blount, one of which will feature the Blount Ma- rine bow ramp, enabling the vessel to dock at any facility as well as make shoreline landings. Both ver- sions will be enhanced by a futuris- tic bow/window configuration af- fording panaramic views from the dining areas. Design and mechanical patents are pending for the bow/ window design, a split level band- stand and atrium, and other unique concepts.

The Vista Jubilee, which will have a length of 114 feet, beam of 39 feet and be able to accommodate over 400 passengers, is expected to be delivered in July 1989.

She will offer service from two new departure points in Providence,

R.I., and Battleship Cove State

Pier, Fall River, Mass., and Warren,


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MAY 12, 13, Victoria, B.C.

Victoria Spring Meeting

JUNE 1, Officers Club, Bremerton

ASNE/SNAME Joint Meeting


APRIL 6, Ladies Night

JUNE 6, Dinner-Dance


APRIL 4-5, Kona Kai Club, San Diego "Yacht Construction Using One-Off Male

Molds and Advanced Composites" by Mike


MAY 6-8, NASSCO Engr

Field Trip-AOE 6 Machinery Room Scale

Model and 3-D Computer Graphic Design


MAY 4-5

To Be Announced


APRIL, Dallas Dinner, Paper to be an- nounced


OTC Luncheon


Dinner, Paper to be announced


Luncheon, Paper to be announced

Mitsui Orders

Five Bulk Carriers

From Japanese Yard

Mitsui & Co. recently confirmed an order for five 43,000-dwt bulk carriers. The vessels will be con- structed by the Japanese shipbuild- er Tsuneishi Shipbuilding, and are expected to be delivered between

June and November 1989. The or- der is reported to be for an associate company.

Lykes Bros. Acquires

Argonaut Line, Parent

Company Of Farrell

New Orleans-based Lykes Bros.

Steamship Co. recently announced that it has agreed to acquire 100 percent ownership of Argonaut

Line, Inc., the parent company of

U.S.-flag ship operator Farrell

Lines, New York, N.Y. "The combination of Farrell and

Lykes will be an improved service for our customers," said Richard

V. Parks, president of Farrell

Lines. "They and our suppliers will realize more frequent sailings to a greater range of ports than is cur- rently served by either company.

Because there will be a greater op- portunity for use of U.S.-flag ves- sels, the American flag presence in the Mediterranean will also be strengthened," he added. "We are delighted to be merging with a carrier of such position in the industry," said Carl J. Horn, se- nior vice president, Mediterranean services, Lykes. "The Farrell family has a long history in this industry, and Lykes intends to build on that history and our own 90-year reputa- tion for excellence."

Lykes will obtain four 1,100-TEU container vessels and one LASH vessel from Farrell. The Argonaut,

Freedom, Patriot and Resolute will become part of Lykes' present 10- vessel container fleet, while the

LASH vessel, Rainbow, will remain on charter to the Navy's Military

Sealift Command. "Lykes' acquisition of Farrell will also permit us to expand our break- bulk service to the Mediterranean and the African continent," said

E.F. McCormick, president and chief operating officer of Lykes. "Lykes has been the industry fore- runner in assuring self-sustaining breakbulk service to the developing world." he said.

W.J. Amoss Jr., chairman,

Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc., said, "Six years ago this month we became an independent company.

Our goal then was to commence the replacement and procurement of as- sets either by construction or acqui- sition and the expansion of our ser- vices in those areas most profitable for our company. We remain fully committed to that strategy."

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April, 1989


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