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posted: 6/10/2020 1:00 AM

Great Lakes contacts construction of new dredge

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OAK BROOK -- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corp. said it has contracted for the construction of a new, 6,500-cubic-yard-capacity Trailing suction hopper dredge.

Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, LA will build the new vessel. The contact contains an option to build an additional dredge should market conditions warrant. Conrad will perform the detail design and construct the dredges at its Amelia, LA location based on a regulatory-level design provided by Great Lakes' in-house engineering department. in collaboration with C-Job Naval Architects.

With expected delivery in the first quarter of 2023, the vessel will join the company's existing six-dredge hopper fleet, including the ATB Tug Douglas B. Mackie and 15,000-cubic-yard-capacity barge Ellis Island, which was delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017.