Morgan City, La.-based Conrad Shipyard has delivered a 300'x100'xl9'10" ABS-classed ocean deck barge to Gray Offshore. The barge Julius is the first project delivered from Conrad Shipyard's newest facility, Deepwater South, in Amelia, La. 

Julius has a 6000 pounds per square foot uniform deck payload built with 3/4" plate, 1/2" side plate, three longitudinal corrugated bulkheads and seven transverse corrugated bulkheads. It features six all recessed bitts, 12 kevels, 32 manholes, 32 watertight compartments, three towing eyes and many other enhanced usability features. Deadweight capacity is listed at 9,842LT and lightship draft is listed at 3.057'. The Julius is U.S.-Flagged and Jones Act compliant.

"To be able to deliver barges of this size and quality, on time and on budget, from our newest facility is evident of diversity and commitment to our valued customers such as John Gray," said Dan Conrad, senior vice president at Conrad.

"This addition to our fleet, with its 6000 pounds per squre foot, heavy duty deck configuration and radial "spoon" bow, offers our customers optimal solutions for their heavy lift needs. Adding the Julius to our growing ocean barge fleet currently consisting of two 260' ABS barges Cordie and Gwendolyn, also constructed at Conrad, gives our customers more options and is the right fit to satisfy the markets need to move increasingly heavier over dimensional and project cargos both internationally and domestically" says John Gray, president of Gray Offshore and its affiliated Gray Barge Companies.