Conrad delivers pushboat to the Corps of Engineers

Conrad Industries Inc.’s Orange Shipbuilding Co. Inc. recently delivered the 124’×34’×10’3” steel pushboat Evanick to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District.

The boat’s design was a collaboration between the Corps and Townsend Marine Design. 

The Evanick’s mission is to help maintain Corps navigation projects. 

Twin Caterpillar 3512B diesels, pumping out 1,500 hp at 1,200 rpm, are responsible for the boat’s main propulsion.

The engines are connected to Aqualloy 80”×85”, 5-bladed propellers in Rice CT-28 nozzles through Falk 2083 MRHP13A450 marine gears with 4.5:1 reduction ratios. The propulsion system gives the boat a running speed of 12 knots.

Advanced Marine supplied the control and steering systems.

Ship’s service power comes from twin John Deere 6081AFM75 gensets.

Tankage includes 30,900 gals. of fuel and 10,340 gals. water. 

The electronics suite contains two Furuno FR1510 Mark 3 radars, Furuno GP-90 GPS Navigator, Furuno FA-100 AIS, Furuno FCV-292 color video sounder and Stento Marine Loudhailer and Talk-Back System.

The Evanick is classed ABS Maltese Cross A-1 Towing river service with Maltese Cross AMS.

Morgan City, La.-based Conrad also delivered a 255’×56’×10’ steel-hulled crane barge to the Corps’ Nashville (Tenn.) District. The barge, built to support maintenance dredging and navigation structure repair, features spuds, workshop, and living quarters.

Conrad is currently working on a number of new contracts.

Offshore Marine Contractors, Cutoff, La., has tabbed Conrad to build three 110’×64’6”×9’ 175-class liftboats for work in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We see the 175s as the new workhorse in the liftboat business,” said Avis Bourg III, Offshore Marine’s sales manager. “We’ve got one of the newest fleets in the Gulf.” 

The new boats will feature 4,000 sq. ft. of deck space, bunks for 30, and will have a running speed of six knots.

Capacities will include 8,547 gals. of fuel and 13,625 gals. potable water.

The vessels will come in under 200 GRT and carry a 110-ton and 30-ton crane. 

The new liftboats are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2007. “We’ve worked with Conrad before,” said Bourg. “They build a quality boat.”

A fourth 175-class is under construction at another yard and three more 175s are currently out to bid. Offshore Marine’s fleet currently consists of three 200-class liftboats and an accommodations barge.

Conrad is also building an unspecified number of deck barges for W.C. Fore Trucking, McCleary Offshore Construction, and Inland Barge Rentals. The barges will range in size from 120’×30’×7’ to 210’×72’×14’.

Settoon Towing, Houma, La., recently signed a contract with Conrad for the construction of two 6,500-bbl., double-skinned inland barges.

Conrad has also contracted with Seattle-based Foss Maritime Co. for two 26,000-bbl., double-skinned barges that will be used for West Coast bunkering operations.

The Morgan City, La., yard now has a backlog valued at $58 million.

— K. Hocke 

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