Marine education charity seeks shipbuilding partner

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Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is looking to partner with the marine industry for its shipbuilding project.

“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,” Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island chairman Bart Dunbar said in a statement.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is undergoing construction at Promet Marine Services in Providence, R.I., 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 Corp., Ocean Navigator Publishing and Onne van der Wal Photography.

By 2013, the organization will have employed about 50 skilled workers.

After 75 percent of the ship is completed, it will return to Newport, R.I. waters, where it will be on display as an educational public exhibit. By July 4, 2013, the Class A tall ship will sail as a working vessel, supporting itself with education-at-sea programs and employing about 17 people with an office, staff and crew.

When not performing its education-at-sea objectives offshore, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be prominently displayed and available to the public in Newport and in other Rhode Island and New England ports to help promote tourism and generate new business.

Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island will broaden its network in marine trades at the Newport International Boat Show at the Newport Yachting Center. The organization will have Booth No. 50 in Tent C and will run a multimedia presentation about the shipbuilding progress and the development of its educational platform.