Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, LA has started production on a second 6000 hp Inland Towboat designed by MiNO Marine, New Orleans. The Subchapter M-compliant vessel measures 166 x 49 x 12 feet and is powered by Tier IV compliant engines. Conrad has orders from 2 customers for the vessels.

The design developed by MiNO Marine is based on regulatory requirements and current needs that are existing in the market. Conrad’s production line is geared for serial production for multiple customers, and component manufacturing coupled with a modular build strategy results in production efficiency, on-time delivery and lower costs for customers.

The towboat has an optimized hull form for improved performance. The design is intended to be flexible to accommodate different propulsion drive-trains. The vessels currently under construction, each utilize different engines: one vessel will be equipped with GE engines and the other will have EMD engines.

Johnny Conrad, Chairman and CEO, commented, “This horsepower range is right in our wheelhouse, and we will continue to expand our capabilities to be able to service our customers’ needs. We are delighted about the opportunity to provide our customers with a quality vessel constructed by our proven and experienced shipbuilding team.”