Great Lakes Dredge & & Dock Corporation (NASDAQ: GLDD) has actually authorized an agreement with Conrad Shipyard for the building and construction of a 6,500-cubic-yard-capacity tracking suction receptacle dredge. Delivery is anticipated in the very first quarter of 2023 and also the agreement includes an alternative momentarily vessel.
The vessel will certainly match the business’s existing six-dredge receptacle fleet, consisting of the ATB pull Douglas B. Mackie and also its 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity barge Ellis Island, which was supplied in the 4th quarter of 2017.
Conrad will certainly execute the information style and also construct the dredges at its Amelia, La., shipyard based upon a regulatory-level style offered by Great Lakes’ internal design division in partnership with C-Job Naval Architects
The dig up will certainly be outfitted with a straight high power pump-ashore installment, digging up system automation, vibrant placing and also tracking, UNITED STATE EPA Tier IV certified engines, and also added attributes made to reduce the influence of its dredging procedure on the setting. The Tier 4-compliant engines considerably minimize the vessel’s environment impact, while various other bundled attributes reduce turbidity and also aquatic varieties entrainment. Best- in-class lodgings include single-occupancy staterooms, an exercise space, and also a cutting-edge cinema with increased seats that functions as a training center.
Lasse Petterson, Great Lakes Chief Executive Officer and also President, commented, “As the leader in the U.S. dredging industry, Great Lakes continues to strategically invest in its dredging fleet. This highly automated new build vessel will increase the capabilities of our hopper fleet in the coastal protection and maintenance markets as well addressing specific needs in the growing offshore wind market. We are proud to utilize American engineered and built engines, dredge pumps, technology and dredging installations to create a highly efficient and productive vessel to meet our nations’ maritime infrastructure needs. The construction of this Jones Act qualified vessel, at peak construction, will create 150 high paying shipyard jobs and upon delivery the ship will be crewed by U.S. citizen mariners. This vessel reinforces our commitment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and faith in the future of the U.S. dredging market.”