Supporter

Marcia Blount

President, Blount Boats

Blount Boats is a multi-generation family company that has built hundreds of boats, including passenger and vehicle ferries, fast commuter boats, dinner excursion boats and small cruise ships. Most recently, we were contracted to construct the first crew transfer vessel for the newly emerging offshore wind industry in the United States. This vessel will be used to ferry technicians and construction workers out to Deepwater Wind’s five wind turbines off Block Island, Rhode Island.

 

We see the offshore wind industry as a business opportunity and appreciate that ocean planning expedited the siting process. In addition to the renewable energy sector, our diverse client base represents a variety of other ocean industries and users such as marine transportation, tourism and recreation. A planning process that engages stakeholders and strives to eliminate unnecessary conflict will facilitate multiple sectors to co-exist while maintaining ocean health.

 

We support ocean planning because we understand that successful offshore industries are good for Rhode Island’s economy and good for our business.’


© Richard Davidson

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Why We Need Ocean Planning

The ocean and coasts are active places, and we’re putting more demands on them every day. Think about it: traditional uses such as fishing, boating, shipping, recreation, and tourism are all changing and expanding, and at the same time we’re pioneering new industries alongside them like wind energy and sand mining. Ocean planning is about thinking ahead and planning for how to make it all work. Otherwise, we put the ocean’s vast, yet fragile, resources at risk. Voluntary ocean planning allows us to coordinate all these uses in a way that benefits our economy, our communities, and ocean health. Ocean planning is a science-based and data-driven process that provides a tool for people and government to work together, share information and solve problems in a way that works for everyone. Ocean planning helps to identify and resolve potential conflicts early on, helping decision makers and stakeholders in both the private and public sectors do their jobs better. This creates better outcomes for everyone, supporting a healthy ocean and vibrant economy

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