Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City, La., delivered a 240' ABS deck barge to Ashton Marine LLC, Muskegon, Mich., in early March.
The 240'x60'x14' AM 3600 can carry 3,600 tons of bulk materials and project cargo throughout the Great Lakes area. The barge is equipped with two 50" spud well pockets for an easy conversion into a spud barge.
Ashton Marine has one of the newest fleets on the Great Lakes, with two oceangoing tugs — the 4,000-hp Meredith Ashton and 2,600-hp Candace Elise — and two 200'x35' hopper barges capable of moving up to 1,900 tons of cargo each.
“We are continuing to build new vessels to meet the expectations of our clients," said Ashton Marine Vice President Seth Andrie. "Our team was extremely happy to partner with Conrad Shipyard on this project for the AM 3600. Their reputation in the industry speaks for itself.”
“We appreciated the opportunity to work with Ashton on this project,” said Conrad CEO Johnny Conrad. “We are two customer-driven companies with dedicated workforces, delivering first class ser-vices and equipment to our customers. We appreciate this opportunity, and we look forward to many more with Ashton.”
Conrad Shipyard designs, builds and overhauls tugs, 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 south Louisiana and Texas.
Ashton Marine operates on the Great Lakes and adjoining waterways providing bulk cargo and dry cargo transportation, and project cargo, ship assist and icebreaking services.