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Rhode Island trade group honors Newport Shipyard

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association said it will present its annual Anchor Award to Newport Shipyard.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association said it will present its annual Anchor Award to Newport Shipyard to recognize the role the company has played in transforming a part of Newport’s waterfront into a world-renowned shipyard and creating a significant impact on the state’s marine trades.

The award will be presented during RIMTA’s annual Industry Partnership Breakfast on Saturday morning during the Newport International Boat Show.

Charlie Dana, managing partner of Newport Shipyard, and his family and team members will be at the breakfast to accept the award.

“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.”

RIMTA also will recognize recent graduates of the Marine Trades & Composites Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program at the breakfast. RIMTA said the seven-week program, funded by Real Jobs Rhode Island, has proved to be a successful model in drawing talented entry-level workers to the marine and composites industries.

Saturday also marks the launch of a new group called RIMTA Future at an evening party (6:30-8:30 p.m.) to be held at the boat show under the Bohlin Tent.

RIMTA Future, or RIMTAF, is an initiative of early- to mid-career industry professionals who have banded together to encourage their peers to remain actively engaged in the state’s marine trades. The group also will plan professional development activities to cultivate the next generation of industry leaders.

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