Conrad delivers first of four McDonough spud barges

Written by Nick Blenkey
Spud barge

The first of four spud barges delivered to McDonough Marine Service by Conrad Shipyard.

Morgan City, La., headquartered Conrad Shipyard reports that its Deepwater South facility in Amelia, La., has delivered the first of four ABS classed spud barges to McDonough Marine Service, headquartered in Metairie, La.

The identical spud barges each measure 180 by 54 by 12.5 feet and have a deck strength of 2,500 pounds per square foot and four spud wells. The remaining barges are on schedule for delivery in the third and fourth quarters of 2021. The Deepwater South yard, where the barges are being built, is one of five Conrad Shipyards located along the Louisiana/Texas Gulf Coast.

McDonough Marine Service owns the largest fleet of deck barges available for charter on the market today. The company’s fleet consists of inland and ocean barges, including deck barges, spud and power spud barges, hopper barges and shale barges.

“Our company is committed to providing our clients with engineered barge design standards to address the changing requirements in our markets,” said Patrick Stant, president of McDonough Marine Service. “Our newbuild campaigns will continue to improve the quality of assets for our chartering program.”

Conrad Shipyard’s extensive construction portfolio includes a wide variety of inland and oceangoing barges, featuring multiple tank barges, an LNG bunker barge, and numerous construction, crane and specialty barges.

“We have had a long-standing relationship with McDonough Marine, and we’ve enjoyed working with them over the years,” said Dan Conrad, senior vice president and director of Conrad Shipyard.

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