Conrad delivers passenger ferry to Puerto Rico


Conrad delivers passenger ferry to Puerto Rico

Conrad Industries Inc.’s Morgan City, La., yard recently delivered the 600-passenger, 160′ × 32′ × 13′ aluminum passenger vessel Cayo Blanco to the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority (PRMTA).

Designed by Grant Pecoraro and Conrad Shipyard LLC, the double-deck ferry’s main propulsion is supplied by four 1,770-hp MTU 12V4000 M-60 diesel engines. The mains are connected to Michigan DynaQuad Special 52″ × 49″, 4-bladed wheels through Twin Disc MGX-6848 marine gears with 2.47:1 reduction ratios. The engine package results in a maximum speed for the ferry of 25 knots.

SDLq We have previously repaired several boats for PRMTA and were pleased that we could show them the quality of workmanship on a new construction project that all of our Conrad shipyards are known for, SDRq said shipyard spokesman Gary Lipely.

?For added maneuverability, the Cayo Blanco was fitted with a WESMAR 200-hp tunnel bowthruster.

The steering system is from Sentinel Control Technologies Inc., and the controls are MTU Station Control – DDEC Slim Line.

Two John Deere gensets, sparking 125 kw of electrical power each, handle the ship’s service power needs. There SSRq s tankage for 10,000 gals. of fuel.

The Cayo Blanco was delivered in September and is currently running from Fajardo to Vieques and Culebra in Puerto Rico.

In October, Conrad announced it had signed a $14.9 million contract with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to build a 220′, 300-passenger, 50-vehicle ferry at Conrad’s Orange Shipbuilding in Orange, Texas. The Sound-class ferry, which will service the state’s Pamlico Sound routes between Cedar Island and Ocracoke and Ocracoke and Swan Quarter, is scheduled for delivery in May 2012. Orange Shipbuilding is currently constructing a sistership Sound-class ferry for NCDOT, with delivery scheduled for summer 2011.

Conrad is also building a new 165′ dredge for the Army Corps of Engineers and recently signed another contract with the agency to build three 150′ × 50′ × 8′ heavy load capacity equipment barges.


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