This 240- by 60- by 14-foot deck barge will operate throughout the Great Lakes for Ashton Marine.

Conrad Delivers Deck Barge To Ashton Marine

Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City, La., announced March 24 it had  delivered a 240- by 60- by 14-foot deck barge to Ashton Marine LLC, a marine transportation company based in Muskegon, Mich.

Named the AM 3600, the ABS-classed deck barge will carry 3,600 tons of bulk materials and project cargo throughout the Great Lakes area. The deck barge is equipped with two 50-inch spud well pockets for an easy conversion into a spud barge.

Ashton Marine has one of the newest fleets on the Great Lakes, with two ocean-going tugs and two ABS hopper barges rated for a combined capacity of 3,800 tons.

“We are continuing to build new vessels to meet the expectations of our clients,” Ashton Marine Vice President Seth Andrie said. “Our team was extremely happy to partner with Conrad Shipyard on this project for the AM 3600. Their reputation in the industry speaks for itself.”

The barge was delivered in early March.

“We appreciated the opportunity to work with Ashton on this project,” Conrad CEO Johnny Conrad said. “We are two customer-driven companies with dedicated workforces, delivering first class ser- vices and equipment to our customers. We appreciate this opportunity, and we look forward to many more with Ashton.”

Conrad Shipyard, established in 1948 and headquartered in Morgan City, Louisiana, designs, builds and overhauls tugboats, ferries, dredgers, barges, offshore supply vessels and other steel and alumi- num products for both the commercial and government markets. The company provides both repair and new construction services at its five shipyards located in south Louisiana and Texas.