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Bizarre lift-boats set to arrive off Block Island

The lift-boat Robert, the large, unusual looking marine vessel that captured the attention of those who spotted it off of the Rhode Island coastline last fall won’t be the only oddly configured boat servicing construction of the Block Island Wind Farm. 

There will be a few unique, futuristic looking boats cruising in the waters off the coast of Block Island in the coming months.

Chief Technology Officer Joseph A. Orgeron, whose company Montco, Inc. owns the L/B Robert, told The Block Island Times that the company’s two other, smaller boats, called the Caitlin and the Paul, have been contracted by Deepwater Wind to service installation activity associated with the wind farm’s five wind turbine towers.

“About three months ago Deepwater Wind started talking to us” about using our lift-boats to assist with construction of the five wind turbine towers this coming summer, said Orgeron. “They were impressed with the Robert and what we had done” during installation of the five steel foundations in the fall of 2015.

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