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People & Company News Obituary: Capt. Luther H. Blount: 1916-2006 Luther H. Blount, 90, of Warren, RI, died September 24, 2006 at Rhode Island Hospital. Founder of Blount Marine Corporation, Bay Queen Cruises and American Canadian Caribbean Line, Blount is famed as one of Rhode Island's greatest entrepreneurs and philanthropists. An engineer by trade, Blount is best known as a shipbuilder and cruise operator. His Warren shipyard, currently operating under the name Blount Boats Inc., has created over 300 hulls including NY Harbor Circle Line ferries and his stern trawler, the Narragansett. Known in the travel industry as the "father of small ship cruising," he designed, built and operated a fleet of U.S. Flag overnight expedition-style ships for more than 41 years, currently operating as American Canadian Caribbean Line Inc. The line is renowned for cruising off-the-beaten path North American waterways to areas traditionally only accessible by private yacht. He was a graduate of Barrington High School (RI) (1935), Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., (1937) and received honorary doctorates from Roger Williams University, Rhode Island College, Bryant College, University of Rhode Island and his alma mater Wentworth Institute of Technology. His keen interest in design led to many Capt. Luther Hammond Blount 1937: Associate Degree, Mechanical Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA 1939-45: Plant Engineer, Belding, Heminway & Corticelli, Putnam, CT. Invented nymo thread with team that revolutionized sewing thread construction. 1946: Project Manager, Blount Seafood Corporation, Warren, RI (Brother's business). Invented, designed and supervised construction of steam clam process equipment, allowing mass production of clams for chowder companies. 1947-49: Moved to Warren, RI. Becomes Vice President of E.B. Blount & Sons., Warren, RI. 1949: Entrepreneur, Warren, RI Commenced building steel oyster boats and other commercial vessels. Developed new shipbuilding methods such as lofting in place, which paved the way for shipbuilding operations with very limited equipment. 1952: Founded Blount Marine Corporation, Warren, RI 1953 : Blount Marine designed and built Miss Liberty, for NY Circle Line, the longest continuously operating passenger ferry in the United States 1961: Invented American Stern Trawler. Listed as one of the 3 most outstanding improvements of the 20th Century in commercial fishing by Commercial Fisherman magazine. 1964 : Blount Marine Corporation builds 100th vessel NOL Appoints Held CEO Dr. Thomas Held was appointed Group President and CEO of NOL, effective November 1, 2006. Dr. Held will also be appointed a member of the NOL Board of Directors. Dr Held is a German national, whose most recent appointment was as Chairman and CEO of European-headquartered Schenker AG, one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics services. He served in this role for three years before stepping down in January 2006 following Schenker's value-creating acquisition of the North America-based freight forwarder Bax Global. successful inventions including patents for thread design, adjustable pitch propellers, water conserving marine toilet, and more. He is celebrated for his retractable pilot house and bow ramp ship designs. One of his most notable inventions was a steaming process to open clams that revolutionized the clam processing industry. He may best be remembered for his commitment to the regeneration of oysters in Narragansett Bay. In partnership with Roger Williams University, Blount devoted personal time and financial resources to aquaculture study and development for the future of generations to come. A man of many interests, he enjoyed playing his trombone, hunting with bow and arrow, sketching designs, gardening melons and blueberries, and bee keeping. A lifelong resident of Warren, he was regularly seen commuting on his bicycle. Wärtsilä Announces Appointments Wärtsilä activities in East Asia, and especially China, are expanding fast as the customer base grows rapidly. To meet these developing challenges the China Strand organization has been strengthened. Clas-Eirik Strand has, as of October 1, 2006, been appointed President, Wärtsilä China Ltd. and Director, East Asia Operations. Anderson Based in Shanghai, Strand will also be Chairman of the Wärtsilä companies in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan. Strand was responsible for Wärtsilä's Ship Power two-stroke engines and he is President of Wärtsilä Switzerland. Lars Anderson has, as of October 1, 2006, been appointed Vice President, Wärtsilä's Ship Power two-stroke engines. Anderson will be a member of the Ship Power Board and in his new role will report to Jaakko Eskola, Group Vice President, Ship Power. Anderson is based in Winterthur, Switzerland. Dr. Martin Wernli has, as of October 1, 2006, been appointed President, Wärtsilä Switzerland. Dr. Wernli will be a member of the Engine Division board and report to the Chairman of Wärtsilä Switzerland and the head of Engine Division, Lars Hellberg. Dr. Wernli succeeds Clas-Eirik Strand. WTA's Engineering Manager, Mary Frances Culnane, directed much of this pioneering effort, and was recognized for her leadership in the marine Culnane industry by the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Culnane was recently selected as the 2006 recipient of the prestigious Lauren S. McCready Award. The Award recognizes graduates of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) who are members of SNAME, who have made significant technical achievements in the marine industry or who have contributed organizational or managerial support to making such technical achievements possible. The award was presented at the SNAME annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on October 13, 2006. The award is named for RADM Lauren S. McCready, long time Head of the Engineering Department at Kings Point. Faber Named President, COO at Foss Foss Maritime Company appointed Gary C. Faber as its president and COO. Faber is an expert in salvage and vessel movement and the implementation of safety and environmental programs, and extensive project management expertise in extreme environments. Prior to his appointment as president and COO, Faber served as executive vice president of Foss since 2001. He oversaw the rapidly growing global services division, providing leadership for multi-million dollar projects in Alaska; Sakhalin Island, Russia; South America and the Caribbean. Prior to Foss, Faber served as interim president of Seacoast Towing and before that as vice president of operations for San Francisco Bay-based Crowley Maritime. 1976: Blount Marine Corporation builds 200th vessel 1977: Blount Marine Corporation designed and built the first Bay Queen dinner boat for Rentacruise to operate on Narragansett Bay 1986: American Canadian Line Inc. changed name to American Canadian Caribbean Line Inc. to better reflect itineraries traveled. 1989 : Blount Marine Corporation designed and built the Vista Jubilee. Rentacruise begins operating this dinner boat on Narragansett Bay. 2000: Retired from Blount Industries, completed 303 vessels with 2 vessels currently under construction. Leased shipyard to James Barker. 2001: Retired from Presidency of American Canadian Caribbean Line 2002: Pledged $1m to the historic town of Warren, Rhode Island, to help purchase public access dockage. 2003: Left retirement at age 86, returns to shipbuilding and starts Blount Boats Inc. Survived house fire by climbing out window, not forgetting suit for ceremony to receive Honorary Doctorate degree from Roger Williams University Founded alltrombone orchestra called, "Ocean Bones" 2004: Partnership with Roger Williams University for aquaculture study at Jenny Creek, Prudence Island. Donated $1 million dollars to Wentworth Institute of Technology. 2005: Wentworth Institute of Technology dedicated auditorium to Luther H. Blount. Roger Williams University announced Blount aquaculture marine sciences building 2006: Donated M/V Niagara Prince (est. value $6.5 million) to Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. - Celebrated 90th birthday, a personal milestone - Died September 24 at Rhode Island Hospital Puradyn Appoints Vittoria as Chairman, CEO Puradyn Filter Technologies Incorporated announced that Chairman Joseph V. Vittoria has been appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman. Richard C. Ford, who has been with Puradyn since 1987, has stepped down as CEO as of October 23, 2006. Ford said, "After serving almost 20 years at the helm of Puradyn, it's in Maritime Reporter & Engineering News 1966: Established American Canadian Line, Warren, RI Small overnight cruise ship that takes guests on coastal and canal vacations. 1974: Blount Marine Corporation designed and built Le Bateau, first dinner ship in America. 1974: Created Rentacruise Inc., family business that operates dinner ship departing from Warren, RI on Narragansett Bay. Le Bateau, renamed Le Nautique. Culnane Recognized by SNAME The San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA) is poised to start construction of two new ferries. 54