SEPTEMBER 11, 2014—Naval architectural and marine engineering specialist Vard Marine, formerly STX Marine, has been awarded a U.S. Patent for its design and engineering of a Dual Fuel Vessel.
Due for delivery later this year, the Harvey Energy will be the first of six 5,100 dwt Dual Fuel Platform Supply Vessels to be built under this patent. The PSVs are designed by Vard Marine and being built by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Gulfport, MS, for New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine. The PSVs will be the first U.S.-flag vessels capable of operating exclusively on natural gas or diesel fuel oil.
As per US Patent No. US 8,690,622 B2, filed September 13, 2011, the patent is applicable to: a small size, self-propelled floating vessel having a dual fuel system, monohull or catamaran hull shape with an overall length ranging from 60 meters to 170 meters, azimuthing thrusters, and with LNG tank capacities between 100 m3 and 1,200 m3.
Vard Marine specializes in the development of advanced technology and its application to offshore and specialized vessel designs. Its portfolio ranges from offshore support vessels, offshore subsea construction vessels, semi-submersibles, and icebreakers to research, naval and patrol vessels, and will complement VARD’s existing product portfolio of vessel designs and equipment.
Vard Marine is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with branch offices in Ottawa and Houston, TX. Vard Marine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vard Group AS, a Fincantieri company, with a workforce of over 20,000 worldwide supporting 21 shipyards.