Conrad Shipyard LLC, Morgan City, La., announced recently that it has been awarded a contract by the Army Corps of Engineers for the design and construction of two CELRE Detroit ice-class tugs.

The vessels will provide mobilization of various pieces of floating equipment on the St. Mary’s River, upper great lakes, and the Soo Harbor, as well as breaking ice up to 12” thick and performing ice scraping operations at the St. Mary’s Falls Canal.

“Conrad has a long history with the Army Corps of Engineers, and we have built several vessels currently in service around the country,” Conrad Shipyard CEO Johnny Conrad said in a statement. “We are proud to provide the Army Corps with two more top quality vessels to service its Detroit District.”

The 76’x25’x 10’8.5” tugs are diesel powered, twin screw, open-wheel, with 1,600 BHP and have deckhouses with galley/mess, berths, and sanitary facilities for a crew of three.

The tugs are ABS classed as Maltese Cross A-1 Towing Vessels, Ice class C0, Great Lakes Service with Maltese Cross AMS. Each vessel shall also comply with USCG 46 CFR Subchapter M requirements.

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