MARCH 5, 2015 — Harvey Gulf's PSV Harvey Energy, the first LNG fueled vessel to enter service in North America, today began working on charter for Shell's deep water operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Shell is delighted to be the customer of this innovative vessel," said John Hollowell, Executive Vice-President, Deep Water, Shell Upstream Americas. "It is a pleasure to partner with Harvey Gulf on this pioneering project. Shell's investment underlines our confidence in LNG becoming a bigger part of the global fuel mix."
Christian Buelow, General Manager Downstream LNG Americas, added, "I'm pleased to see this first-of-its-kind vessel operating in North America. Shell continues to look in to the commercial opportunity of supplying LNG fuel to customers in the region – both marine and road transport customers."
"Harvey Gulf is excited to share these historical maritime events with Shell," said Harvey Gulf International Marine's CEO and Chairman, Shane Guidry. "The Harvey Energy and her sister ships exemplify Harvey Gulf's commitment to Shell and our customers to bring the best available environmentally friendly technology to the market. We understand the environmental regulatory issues facing our customers and this new build program's focus has been to work closely with them to address and mitigate these issues."
The Harvey Energy, built at Gulf Coast Shipbuilding Group's Gulfport, MS, shipyard is based on the Vard Marine 1 311 design and is a 310 ft x 64 ft x 24.5 ft platform supply vessel powered by three Wärtsilä 6L34DF dual fuel gensets providing 7.5 MW of power and fueled by Wärtsilä's LNGPac system. The 5,150 dwt vessel is capable of carrying 253,000 USG of fuel oil, 18, 000 bbls of liquid mud, 1,600 bbls of methanol, 10,250 cu. ft of dry cement and 78,000 USG of LNG fuel.
The vessel will run on 99% LNG fuel and will be able to operate for around seven days before refueling. It will load from Harvey Gulf's new LNG bunkering facility at their terminal at Port Fourchon. Port Fourchon is Louisiana's southernmost port, with more than 600 oil and gas drilling rigs and platforms located within a 40-mile radius. From there the Harvey Energy will go to Shell's platforms, such as the new Olympus production platform, bringing equipment and drilling fluids.