Conrad Shipyard ferry newbuilding

The USA and Morgan City-based shipbuilder Conrad Shipyard, LLC has announced that it has signed a contract with the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority (PRMTA) for the building of four Cargo, and Passenger Ferry Vessels with expected delivery of the first ferry to San Juan, Puerto Rico in late 2024.

Conrad Shipyard previously built and delivered two ferries to PRMTA which are still operating in and around Puerto Rico.

The new ordered ferries are designed to carry 300 passengers and 300 short tons of cargo, and they will operate between the Municipality of Ceiba and the Municipality Islands of Vieques and Culebra in Puerto Rico, as it was mentioned in the statement.

Johnny Conrad, Chairman and CEO of Conrad Shipyard said that “We are honoured to have been selected by the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority for this important project,” and that “This contract supports our commitment to delivering quality vessels that prioritize, efficiency, and passenger comfort. We look forward to partnering with the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority once again to deliver these vessels.”

Josué Menendez Agosto, Executive Director of PRMTA said that “We are excited to work alongside Conrad Shipyard on this project,” and “These new ferries will play a vital role in improving connectivity across our region and facilitating the movement of both passengers and vehicles to and from the Island Municipalities.”

He added that “These new vessels will provide the much-needed resiliency that the residents from the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra need during normal operations and under emergency situations. Based on our past relationship, we are confident that Conrad Shipyard’s dedication to excellence will result in vessels that exceed our expectations.”