Rhode Island’s Tall Ship Seeks Support at Newport Boat Show
September 11, 2011
The non-profit organization Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) is working to cast a wider net in the marine industry as it forges ahead with construction of the Education-at-Sea school ship Oliver Hazard Perry (also called “Rhode Island’s Tall Ship”) and the development of its educational programs.
“We are formally announcing a program where we are looking to partner with the marine trades for our shipbuilding project,” said OHPRI Chairman Bart Dunbar. “Our current partners have generously offered significant discounts and donations of goods and services, and more partnerships will allow us to help reinvigorate the marine industry, which is an important part of Rhode Island’s economic development.”
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is currently undergoing construction at Promet Marine Services in Providence, Rhode Island, and has already made its footprint in the marine trades industry by working with businesses such as Bay Marine Inc., Furuno USA, Hall Spars and Rigging, Harken, Hood Sailmakers, Interlux, KVH Industries, Milton CAT, Newport Harbor Corporation, Ocean Navigator Publishing and Onne van der Wal Photography. By 2013, the organization will have employed approximately 50 skilled workers. After 75 percent of the ship has been completed, it will return to Newport, where it will be on display as an educational public exhibit. Its masts, rigging and hardware will be configured and installed while interior accommodations and other improvements are finished.
OHPRI at the Newport International Boat Show
OHPRI is hoping to broaden its network in marine trades on Thursday, September 16, for the Newport International Boat Show at the Newport Yachting Center. The organization will have representatives on hand at Booth #50 in Tent C and will run a multi-media presentation about the shipbuilding progress and the development of its educational platform. OHPRI also will be promoting its boat donation program with Block Island Maritime Funding, which allows individuals to donate boats to the foundation and receive a tax deduction for the full appraised value of the donated vessel.
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