The following is the text of a news release from Harvey Gulf International Marine:
(NEW ORLEANS) (Feb. 13) — Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC achieved another milestone in maritime history today by receiving the first ABS classification certificate and the first USCG certificate of inspection for a vessel powered by LNG. The M/V Harvey Energy is the first LNG-powered vessel in service in North America.
Last week, Harvey Gulf celebrated the first truck-to-vessel transfer of LNG, the first vessel to bunker LNG and was the first U.S.-flagged LNG-powered vessel to enter into port while being powered by LNG. The vessel will be based out of Port Fourchon, La., and will immediately begin its long-term charter role.
The M/V Harvey Energy, built at Gulf Coast Shipbuilding Group in Gulfport, Miss., is based on the Vard Marine 1 311 design and is 310-by-64-by-24.5 feet, powered by three Wartsila 6L34DF dual-fuel gensets providing 7.5 MW of power fueled by Wartsila’s LNGPac system. The Harvey Energy is U.S.-flagged Subchapter I and L, SOLAS compliant and is classed by the ABS as +A1, OSV, +AMS, +DPS-2, +ACCU, UWILD, FFV-1, ENVIRO+, GP, GFS (Dual Fuel Diesel) E. With 5,150 tons of deadweight, the vessel is capable of carrying 253,000 gallons of fuel oil, 18,000 barrels of liquid mud, 1,600 barrels of methanol, 10,250 cubic feet of dry cement and 78,000 gallons of LNG fuel.
Shane Guidry, chairman and CEO of Harvey Gulf, commented, “The delivery of the Harvey Energy exemplifies Harvey Gulf’s commitment to their customers to deliver world class ships that set highest of standards for offshore support vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Harvey Gulf International Marine, founded in 1955, is a privately owned and operated marine transportation company that specializes in providing fast supply, offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deepwater operations. For more information, visit www.harveygulf.com.