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Conrad Shipyard Awarded Design & Construction of Detroit Ice Class Tugboats for USACE

Posted on April 8, 2022

MORGAN CITY, La., — April 7, 2022 – Conrad Shipyard, LLC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers for the design and construction of two (2) CELRE Detroit Ice Class Tugboats. The vessels will provide mobilization of various pieces of floating equipment on the St. Mary’s River, upper great lakes, and the Soo Harbor, as well as breaking ice up to 12” thick and performing ice scraping operations at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal.

“Conrad has a long history with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and we have built several vessels currently in service around the country,” said Conrad Shipyard CEO Johnny Conrad. “We are proud to provide the Army Corps with two more top quality vessels to service its Detroit District.”

The CELRE Detroit Ice Class Tugboats measure 76’ x 25’ x 10’-8.5” and are ABS classed as Maltese Cross A-1 Towing Vessels, Ice Class C0, Great Lakes Service with Maltese Cross AMS. Each vessel shall also comply with USCG 46 CFR SubChapter M requirements. The tugs are diesel powered, twin screw, open wheel, with 1,600 BHP and have deckhouses with galley/mess, berths, and sanitary facilities for a crew of 3.

About Conrad Shipyard

Conrad Shipyard, established in 1948 and headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana, designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, dredgers, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and aluminum products for both the commercial and government markets. The Company provides both repair and new construction services at its five shipyards located in southern Louisiana and Texas.

For Additional Information Contact: Robert Sampey, Vice President: 985.384.3060 •

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