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An illustration of the four ferries for the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority. Image credit: Conrad Shipyards

An illustration of the four ferries for the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority. Image credit: Conrad Shipyards

Conrad Shipyards to Build Four Cargo and Passenger Ferries for Puerto Rico

Mike Schuler
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August 29, 2023

Morgan City, Louisiana-based Conrad Shipyard says it has been awarded a contract for the construction of four cargo and passenger ferries for the Puerto Rico Maritime Transit Authority (PRMTA).

The ferries are designed to carry 300 passengers and 300 short tons of cargo, and will operate between the Ceiba and the islands of Vieques and Culebra in Puerto Rico. The ferries are designed with passenger comfort and convenience in mind, featuring modern propulsion systems and advanced space utilization.

Conrad said it expects to deliver the first ferry to San Juan, Puerto Rico in late 2024.

Conrad previously built and delivered two ferries to PRMTA, which are still in operation in Puerto Rico.

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

“We are excited to work alongside Conrad Shipyard on this project,” stated Josué Menendez Agosto, Executive Director of PRMTA. “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. 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.”

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