A coastal Rhode Island company has been awarded a transport contract for a new Deepwater Wind project.
North Kingstown's Rhode Island Fast Ferry won the 20-year contract to operate a specialized boat for construction and maintenance of a five-turbine wind farm. Deepwater Wind will install in waters near Block Island this summer.
The new vessel will be built by Warren's Blount Boats and will transport workers to and from the offshore wind farm. It will be the first of its kind in the country.
The boat is expected to be ready to provide crew and equipment support in spring 2016 in advance of Block Island Wind Farm's turbine installation.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry will spend $4 million building the vessel.