Jacob A. Stevens, III Joins Blount/Barker03/20:
Jacob A. Stevens, III, a well-known and respected shipbuilder whose career highlights include the construction of six 4,000 HP tug boats in under 20 months for the Moran Towing Corporation, has joined Blount/Barker Shipbuilding LLC as senior vice president. The news was announced today by Blount/Barker President and Chief Executive Officer, James A. Barker.
In his new capacity as senior vice president, Mr. Stevens is responsible for all shipyard operations including engineering, design, labor, purchasing, scheduling, and working with outside contractors. “Jacob’s expertise in both production and management will enable Blount/Barker to compete better in the East Coast marketplace”, states Mr. Barker. “He has worked in this industry for many years and brings a wealth of experience and credibility to our shipyard.”
Prior to joining Blount/Barker, Mr. Stevens was production and project supervisor at Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine. While at Washburn & Doughty, he was responsible for the construction of six 92’ Marci-Class Z Drive tug boats for Moran Towing, completing the vessels in approximately 20 months. This was the largest new tug construction order ever awarded to Washburn & Doughty. To meet the required delivery schedule, Mr. Stevens implemented an in-house CAD technology to facilitate quick design adjustments and email communication with subcontractors. Instead of building one tug at a time, he developed a modular approach to production, used subcontractors for bulkier vessel pieces, and created more efficient work routines to enable workers to duplicate processes multiple times. Other projects completed included the construction of lobster, service, dinner cruise, barge, and excursion vessels for various clients.
Previously, he was president of Goudy & Stevens Shipyard, Inc. (East Boothbay, Maine) where, in addition to numerous other fishing and research vessels, he oversaw the production of two 123’ oil-skimming vessels currently used in Puget Sound, Washington and Valdez, Alaska. These unique vessels required specialized internal construction working with architects, systems designers, hydraulics engineers, ABS and USCG inspection teams, and also required a high degree of confidentiality due to the competitive nature of the field.
“My grandfather established his shipyard in 1921 and I started working there when I was five years old,” notes Mr. Stevens who, along with his brother, bought out his father and uncle in 1978 and operated it until 1994 when the family business was sold. “I am very familiar with shipyard operations and was impressed with Luther Blount’s accomplishments and Jim Barker’s enthusiasm in their new venture, Blount/Barker Shipbuilding. Their facility is much like the Goudy & Stevens yard and it’s a natural fit for me.”
Mr. Barker plans to put Stevens’ experience to work for Blount/Barker customers immediately. “Jacob will introduce more efficient ways of producing boats and improve our CAD design, welding, and plasma burning machine technical capabilities. The result will be faster parts construction and repair using organized scheduling and better equipment, “continues Mr. Barker. “The ultimate result will be our ability to deliver quality vessels from trials through to delivery.”
Upon graduation from Maine Vocational Technical Institute, Mr. Stevens joined the United States Navy in 1966 and held the position of USN Construction Battalion (“Sea Bees”) MCB-1 at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, R.I. In 1969, he began his career at Goudy & Stevens working in various capacities from construction crew member to yard foreman.
Currently, Mr. Stevens resides in Swansea, Mass.
Blount/Barker Shipbuilding LLC is a full-service shipyard specializing in innovative boat design, engineering, craftsmanship, and repair. This new company is the result of the combined talents of Luther H. Blount and James A. Barker, two shipbuilders of different generations united together in their quest to meet the needs of boat owners throughout the world. Over 300 boats have been built by the company since the company was first founded as Blount Marine Corporation in 1949 by 84-year old Luther H. Blount, a leading innovator in the shipbuilding industry. Blount/Barker employs 50 people and is headquartered at 461 Water Street, P.O. Box 368, Warren, RI 02885. Phone: (401) 245-8300.