Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana announced Wednesday that it has been awarded a contract to build two 3,000-horsepower ocean service tugboats for Seattle-based operator Harley Marine. When they are delivered, Conrad will have completed two dozen vessels for Harley over the firms’ many years of partnership.
The two new vessels will be built to a design by Entech. They will be 100 feet in length, with power from Caterpillar 3512C Tier 4 engines. The first hull is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the second is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2019.
Conrad Shipyards was established in 1948 and is headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana. The company builds and overhauls small vessels for commercial and government clients at its five Gulf Coast shipyards. The yard has previously delivered nineteen vessels to Harley and currently has three under construction.
“This is an extraordinary number of vessels to be awarded from one customer over the years," said Conrad president, chairman and CEO Johnny Conrad. "It is a compliment to the exceptional talents of our entire shipbuilding team. We appreciate the confidence of my good friend Harley Franco and his management team."
Harley Marine Services provides marine transportation services in every major U.S. West Coast port as well as in Alaska, New York and the Gulf of Mexico, with a focus on petroleum transportation, bunkering and ship assist. "We strive every day to improve the communities in which we live and operate. My friend, Johnny Conrad, has the same business philosophy and his team delivers quality. It's a good match and we value our relationship," said Harley Franco, Harley Marine's chairman and CEO.