Conrad Shipyard, US shipbuilding group with five shipyards located along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas, has an order to design and build two tugs from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The order is worth about US$16.9 million. They are scheduled to be delivered by late December 2024.
Each twin screw, open wheel newbuild will measure 25m long and will be diesel powered with a 1,600-hp main engine. The two type CELRE Detroit ice-class tugs will be used to two floating equipment on the Great Lakes and will also act as icebreakers. as well as breaking ice up to 30 centimetres thick and performing ice-scraping operations on canals. Each vessel will also have deckhouses with galley/mess, and berths and sanitary facilities for a crew of three. Conrad won against competition from five bidders for the contract.