Conrad Shipyard forms LNG business unit


(MORGAN CITY, La.) — Conrad Shipyard has announced the formation of a new business unit focused on liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The new business unit will be led by Conrad Vice President Brett Wolbrink.

“Brett has served Conrad Shipyard in a variety of management positions, and he has in-depth knowledge of our operation from the ground up,” said Conrad President and CEO Johnny Conrad. “We believe the continued development of the LNG fuel market to be of critical importance. Not only will it provide positive change with respect to environmental emissions, but will ultimately provide significant long-term positive economic results for owners and operators. We want Conrad to be an active participant and a leader in the development of this market.”

Conrad Shipyard is the builder of the first LNG bunker barge in North America and anticipates a delivery date of early 2017. Conrad continues to actively pursue other LNG opportunities, including developing designs for additional transport barges, dual-fuel powered towboats, and other research and development projects.

“In Conrad’s 68-year history, we have had the opportunity to not only witness, but actively participate in, many historical and technologically innovative transformations in the marine industry," Wolbrink said. "We see the LNG marine fuel market as the next logical progression in this history. Conrad has the experience, the work force, the facilities, and the leadership to not only take advantage of these
opportunities, but to be actively engaged in fostering the continued development of the infrastructure necessary to expand this markets capabilities. Our team is excited and looking forward to the opportunities ahead of us.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff