The following is the text of a news report from The Mississippi Press:
(GULFPORT, Miss.) (Jan. 22) — Gulf Coast Shipyard Group Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of ocean-going and inland marine vessels for commercial and military markets, announced today the launch of the first of six Harvey Gulf International Marine dual-fuel offshore supply vessels.
Incorporating clean-burning LNG technology, these vessels position Harvey Gulf as a leader in the environmental application of liquefied natural gas, the company said in a news release.
John Dane III, Gulf Coast Shipyard Group’s president and CEO, said, “The launch of the first vessel of its kind in the United States, with another five to follow, demonstrates the commitment both Gulf Coast Shipyard Group and Harvey Gulf have to providing engineering solutions to advance environmental technologies.”
Harvey Gulf CEO Shane J. Guidry added, “Certification of these vessels will be made by the American Bureau of Shipping to achieve ‘ENVIRO+, Green Passport’ status.
"To meet the criteria, GSCG has met the requirements that the vessel be constructed with environmentally-friendly materials and feature advanced alarm systems," he said. "Ultimately, the vessel will also be continuously manned by a certified environmental officer.”
The first of these GCSG-built Harvey Gulf OSVs will be moved to GCSG’s newly commissioned space at the Port of Gulfport in mid-March for final completion and testing.
The vessel will be christened and put into service a few months later.