Members of the Rhode Island marine trades industry visited the Bohlin Tent during the Newport International Boat Show to celebrate a statewide success story.
RIMTA presented its annual Anchor Award to Newport Shipyard during the Industry Partnership Breakfast on Saturday.
RIMTA said the award recognized the role the company has played in transforming a part of Newport’s waterfront into a renowned shipyard and creating a significant impact on the state’s marine trades.
“Charlie Dana and his family had the vision to transform a piece of Newport’s waterfront into a yard that is not only a mecca for competitive sailors and superyachts from around the world, but also a destination for boaters and a magnet for marine-related businesses,” RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie said in a statement.
“The shipyard is the very best example of how a small group of individuals built on the history and heritage of boating in our state to become a major economic engine for our region.”
Rhode Island Senate president Teresa Paiva Weed presented the award to Charlie Dana, the shipyard’s managing partner.
“We do not stand alone,” Dana told the crowd of industry members. “We would not be successful today were it not for all of you.”
The most recent class of graduates from the Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program was also recognized at the event.
The last three cycles of the workforce training program, coordinated by RIMTA and funded by Real Jobs Rhode Island, have achieved a 96 percent job-placement rate.