MORGAN CITY, La., – Conrad Shipyard, LLC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S Navy for the design and construction of up to eight Yard, Repair, Berthing
and Messing (“YRBM”) barges.
The YRBM barges provide a temporary home away from home and workplace for our service men and
women whose vessels are in port for repairs and/or maintenance. Conrad’s design incorporates functional
spaces which allow the sailors to work, sleep, and eat comfortably. The fixed-price contract, a small
business set-aside, has a potential value of over $140 million.
Conrad expects to deliver the first YRBM barge to the Navy in late 2023. If the Navy exercises options for
the additional barges, peak production is expected to occur from 2023 through 2025.
“We are excited to enter into this partnership with the Navy to help modernize its fleet,” said Conrad
Shipyard CEO Johnny Conrad. “Not only will this contract provide an abundance of jobs for our workforce
in the Morgan City area, but it will also help to support a multitude of small businesses. I know our
dedicated and hardworking men and women at Conrad are proud to work on this project which will
ultimately benefit the brave service men and women of the U.S. Navy.”
The YRBM barge is an ABS A1 Accommodation Barge with a 151’-4” x 49’-4” x 14’ footprint. The vessel
provides pier side living accommodations capable of berthing 199 mixed gender personnel, messing for
300 personnel, and includes spaces for medical offices, classrooms, workspaces, laundry rooms,
storerooms, and lounge areas.