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NYPA Welcomes Breaker II into Their Fleet of CAT Powered Vessels

Here at Milton CAT, we are versatile and support the operations of several diverse industries. Whether our customers are on land or in the sea, Milton CAT is here to provide quality equipment and outstanding service!
One of our coastal customers is Rhode Island boatbuilder, Blount Boats. Milton CAT and Blount Boats have had a working relationship for decades. Recently, Blount Boats constructed the multipurpose Breaker II for the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) Niagara Power Project.
Milton CAT equipped Breaker II with two C9.3 main engines and two C2.2 marine gensets. Both, NYPA and Blount Boats are fans of Caterpillar. Vice President of Blount Boats, Bob Pelletier explains, “I highly recommend Caterpillar products to people who come here looking for boats.  Everyone wants to go fast, but reliability is just as important.”
NYPA requested Caterpillar engines because of their power and dependability and to maintain fleet consistency. The engines are EPA Tier 3 compliant. The C9.3 engine has 375 HP at 1800 rpm. The gensets supply the boat’s auxiliary power, including A/C, lighting and navigation.
Naval architect Bristol Harbor Group designed Breaker II for NYPA. Blount Boats won the bid to build the tugboat at their 6-acre shipyard in Warren, RI. Breaker II is the first vessel Blount Boats has constructed for NYPA.
The success of the project is reflected by the celebrations surrounding the introduction of the tugboat into the NYPA fleet. Breaker II has received significant media attention. News outlets followed Breaker II’s journey through the Erie Canal to its final destination in Buffalo. NYPA has been showcasing their new vessel on social media.
The 56 ft. tugboat is dual-purposed. Breaker II has icebreaking capabilities to ensure the intakes of the Niagara Power Project stay clear. It can also assist with the installation and removal of the ice booms. Ice booms are giant pontoons that stop ice from flowing down the river.
Blount Boats was founded in 1949 by Luther H. Blount and is still privately held and managed by the Blount family. According to the Blount Boats website,  “Hundreds of Blount built vessels have been put into service, including passenger vehicle ferries, fast commuter boats, dinner excursion boats, passenger ferries, small cruise ships, bunkering tankers, tugs, commercial trawlers and wind farm service vessels.”
NYPA produces 25% of the state’s electricity; 80% is clean hydroelectric energy. The subways, airports, and government buildings in NYC are powered by NYPA. 
Milton CAT is excited to see the Breaker II in action. Thank you to our dedicated Marine Department for all your hard work!
To learn more about Breaker II, please check out the videos below.

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